Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) Victoria

​​The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population measure of how young children are developing across Australia as they begin school. It measures children’s development across five domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competences, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school based) and communication skills and general knowledge. The AEDC is a key tool in school and community planning, research and policymaking across Victoria and nationally.

The AEDC is implemented every three years, with 2021 being the fifth national data collection.

The 2021 AEDC data collection will take place from 3 May to 30 July 2021.

AEDC Victoria: Latest news

2021 Data collection

Read more about the 2021 AEDC data collection overview

2021 Community grants

This year in Victoria we are offering AEDC Community Grants to encourage local communities to bring schools and community partners together to explore their AEDC data. The purpose of this grant is to consider how they might work with their schools to address the social and emotional health of their children and young people.

Find out more about the community grants and how to apply.


A recent report shows the AEDC has greatly increased community understanding of child development in Victoria and is a key tool in research, policymaking and community planning. The report can be found at Utilisation of the Australian Early Development Census (pdf - 513.63kb).

Why the AEDC is important

AEDC Case study: Strong families strong children project

AEDC Victoria: Data collection and background

AEDC Victoria: Utilisation

AEDC Victoria: Data results, policy and research

Contact us

For further enquiries, contact Catherine Watkin Nolan, AEDC Victorian Coordinator: