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

2017 AEDC Action/Reflection Projects

The AEDC project in the Department of Education (DoE) called for Expressions of Interest for Action/Reflection projects that work towards reducing vulnerability in communities.

The Action/Reflection projects aim to increase the use of AEDC data to reduce developmental vulnerability in the early years.


  • AEDC Infographic – Tasmanian results from 2009, 2012 and 2015 data collections

Further information

For further information, visit or contact the Tasmanian AEDC Coordinator on 03 6165 5708 or