Australian Early Development Census

The AEDC is a census of kindergarten children that helps create a snapshot of early childhood development in Australia. This census takes place every 3 years with the National 2018 results, the fourth cycle, being released on 22 March 2019.

More information on the AEDC, including results from 2018 are available hereExternal Link

The AEDC was first completed nationwide in 2009 and is conducted every three years. The AEDC provides important information to communities, governments and schools to support their planning, policies service design and delivery.

The early environments and experiences children are exposed to, shape their development. The AEDC nationally regarded as a strong measure of how well children and their families are supported from conception through to school age.

Research shows that investing time, effort and resources in children’s early years, when their brains are developing rapidly, benefits children and the whole community. Early developmental gains support children through their school years and beyond.

The AEDC helps schools, communities and policy-makers understand how children are developing before they start their first year of full-time school, including what is working well and what can be improved.

Data from the AEDC can help identify the types of services, resources or supports that are required to meet the needs of communities.

Teachers complete a checklist for children in their first year of full-time school. The checklist measures five key areas or domains of early childhood development:


The AEDC is most suited to mapping patterns of relative need, particularly geographical comparisons and providing communities with a picture of their strengths and vulnerabilities.

Without the commitment and support of schools, families and the broader community, the AEDC would not be possible. Schools play a vital role in the collection of accurate and relevant data that provides the first insight into whether children in their early years are on track.

The Community Services Directorate works in partnership with colleagues in government, independent and Catholic schools, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, The Social Research Centre and The Telethon Kids Institute to administer the AEDC.

The AEDC national report and community profiles are available online at Link and ACT specific analysis will be coming soon. If you would like further information or analysis on the ACT results, contact us at