Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Australian Early Development Census Logo, An Australian Government Initiative

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a national collection of information.

This measures how children are developing by the time they begin their first year of full-time school.

The 2018 AEDC is the fourth national collection since 2009.
The next collection will be in 2021.

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.

Value of the AEDC for teachers and schools

The AEDC is the most comprehensive data collection of its kind in the world and Australia’s only census of children in their early years.

The AEDC data can help schools to:

  • plan and support children’s successful transition to school
  • raise awareness of the importance of children’s early years
  • implement programs and services for children in the community to support early child development
  • act as a platform to forge collaborative community partnerships

Watch a short video about the value of completing the AEDC for teachers.

Find resources for teachers and schools.


Michael Dempsey and Jodi Upton talk about the positive results from the 2018 AEDC collection for Tasmania, also the programs and initiatives that families and community members can engage in to support children’s learning and development.  (ABC Drive, Thursday 28 March, 2019, 11:55 mins)


AEDC – Tactical Tots – East Devonport Child and Family Centre (3:10 mins)

Tactical Tots for Blokes & Kids was developed to engage fathers and toddlers together through an obstacle course, extension games and physical activities.  This increases the opportunity for the child to develop stronger attachment to their fathers/ significant male.

To ensure the concept is sustainable beyond Tactical Tots for Blokes & Kids program, the CFC also purchased larger equipment which helps extend other community programs such as “Muscle Up Boot Camp” a Devonport City Council/ CFC program for older children.

AEDC – Empowering Parents – Franklin Primary School (6:18 mins)

Staff at Franklin Primary worked alongside parents to help them understand and identify the ways their children are developing and how they can extend their children’s learning.  The parents were provided with ongoing information around why the play their children are engaging in is so important to their development.

Using the AEDC – Why Bother? (4:42 mins)

By exploring the AEDC data Ringarooma Primary School provided quality fun and play based activities where parents and carers are encouraged by staff to get involved to help deepen their parenting skills and understand the importance of play in their child’s development.  This has led to discussions between parents about parenting issues and share ideas about where to seek help in the community.

AEDC – Lady Gowrie Research Project (5:49 mins)

Physical health and wellbeing: innovative approaches in an inner-city community
(Overarching research question – How can early childhood enable children to flourish in the area of physical health and wellbeing?)

Key learnings from the 2018 AEDC National Conference

The 2018 National AEDC Conference was held in Melbourne from 14 to 16 March 2018 and brought together over 300 practitioners, researchers and policy makers across education, child protection, health, and community services for a valuable 3 days of thought provoking discussion.

Access a summary of learnings from the 2018 AEDC Conference.


Useful Links

Further information

For further information, visit Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) website or contact the Tasmanian AEDC Coordinator on 03 6165 5708 or