Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)


The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population measure of how children are developing by the time they begin their first year of full-time schooling. The 2015 AEDC is the third national collection since 2009.

Teachers in Tasmania completed comprehensive questionnaires for more than 6,400 Prep students across the state.

The AEDC assesses children as being developmentally ‘on track’, ‘at risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ across five key developmental domains:

  • physical health and wellbeing
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive skills
  • communication skills and general knowledge.

2015 AEDC findings

Community level results were publicly released in March 2016.

The 2015 AEDC National Report which includes detailed national findings and summary information for all jurisdictions can be viewed, and downloaded, at

Community profiles can be accessed at

Further information

For further information, visit or contact the Tasmanian AEDC Coordinator on 03 6165 5706 or