Additional Data Collections

Introduction

Victorian Government Departments hold a large amount of information on how children are faring, as does the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other research bodies. Where possible, this data is used to report against the 150 indicators in the Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System.

However, this gives only a partial picture, and some population groups are not fully represented within standard surveys. They require tailored approaches if their situation is to be properly understood.

New data collections

To address these data gaps, the Department is undertaking a rolling program of new data collections as outlined below:

  • Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey
    This survey is being conducted for the fourth time in 2017. Previous surveys were carried out in 2006, 2009 and 2013. The survey is conducted by telephone with a random sample of 5,000 parents or carers of Victorian children aged from birth to 12 years. For more information, see:Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey​​
  • Victorian Adolescent Health and Wellbeing Survey
    This online survey was completed in 2009 with a representative sample of over 10,000 secondary school students across the state. For results, see: Adolescent Community Profiles.
  • Victorian Student Health and Wellbeing Survey
    This online survey, also known as About You, was implemented for the first time in 2014. It was repeated in 2016.
  • The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
    This national household survey was undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2008 and 2009, with an enhanced Victorian sample to support reporting on outcomes for Indigenous children and young people across the state. For results, see: State of Victoria's Children Reports.
  • The Child and Family Services Outcomes Survey
    This survey of outcomes for children and young people who are in contact with child protection and family services or in out of home care has been published by Department of Human Services.

For results, incorporated into our annual reports, see: 
Reporting on How Children and Young People are Faring.

For selected results published at local level where possible, see: VCAMS.

Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey

The Department undertakes research into the health and wellbeing of Victorian children, known as the Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Study.

The 2017 survey will take place from August to November. For more information, see: Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey

Victorian Student Health and Wellbeing Survey

The Victorian Student Health and Wellbeing Survey (known as the About You Survey) was conducted in 2014 and 2016 in Victorian schools in Years 5, 8 and 11.

About You collects important information about the health development, learning, safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Victorian schools. The 2014 survey also included a sample of schools where student height and weight was measured.

The survey covers topics relating to nutrition, health, physical activity, safety, life satisfaction, and family relationships. It also includes direct height and weight measurement of students in a subsample of schools in order to provide statewide estimates of overweight and obesity.

How is the student information used?

The de-identified (no names collected) information in this study will be used by the Department and other government planners to improve the delivery and quality of services and initiatives for Victorian children. The responses are analysed and reported at a statewide level.

Summary of results

Schools are provided with a summary of results for their school where responses to questions are sufficiently high to ensure student anonymity. The responses will inform the monitoring of health and wellbeing outcomes for children, and improvements to delivery and quality of services.

To view a statewide summary of the About You survey results, see: About You Summary Findings (docx - 6.83mb)

To view at a local level where possible, see: VCAMS

For snapshots on key topics from the survey see:

For more information on the survey collection, contact the Performance and Evaluation Division of the Department.