Using the AEDC: Reports

Key findings from Utilisation of the Australian Early Development Census report

The Utilisation of the Australian Early Development Census report (pdf - 513.63kb) summarises the key themes from consultations and case studies.

The report concludes that substantial progress has been made in establishing the AEDC as a valued dataset in Australia.

Key findings indicated the potential for the AEDC to expand its role across community, policy and academic settings:

Community – Consultations revealed that the AEDC has greatly increased community understanding of child development and is a key tool in community planning. Case examples of how communities are using the data demonstrate that the AEDC provides common links between services, though not all communities have the capacity to unpack nor link the data.

Policy – As a population-level tool, the AEDC assists governments to examine developmental changes at state, regional and community level. Consultees valued the AEDC as an outcome measure of developmental vulnerability, particularly from the perspective of change over time and differences between geographic areas. Consultees raised several areas where the AEDC and its use can evolve. For example, making more of the AEDC data through data linkage enabling greater and more sophisticated understandings of the influences that impact the early life-course.

Research – Key themes in feedback were that the AEDC has stimulated community interest for change and has brought expertise and resources together. There is now great interest in a broader research agenda to examine the use of complementary surveys and to develop a life-course approach. Comprehensive systematic monitoring that expands the life-course framework, earlier and later in life, is a key opportunity.