Additional Data Collections

Tailored approaches to the collection of information on how children are faring.  

New data collections

To address 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

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) is conducted every two years in Victorian schools with students 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.