The Department undertakes research into the health and wellbeing of Victorian children, known as the Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Study.
Issues covered include child health, growth, asthma, nutrition, oral health, reading, injury, child behaviour, family functioning, parental health, parental mental health and health in pregnancy.
Ensuring that all Victorian children are given the best start in life is a key priority of the Victorian Government. Having access to timely information allows effective investment in services that support children.
Social Research Centre has been contracted to conduct the 2017 survey.
Representatives will be telephoning households and mobile phones from August to November 2017. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes and can be arranged at a convenient time.
The Social Research Centre may contact you by:
- calling you from 0385802151 to invite adults aged 18 years and over to participate in a telephone interview
- sending a text message from 0488824564 to invite you to participate in this study.
This is the fourth time the survey has been conducted. Previous surveys were conducted in 2006, 2009 and 2013.
Who is being invited to participate?
Victorian residents 18 years or older who are the parent or carer for a child aged from birth up to and including 12 years of age. Participants are randomly selected and invited to participate in a telephone interview.
The Department is also conducting a short survey with parents and carers of children aged 13 to 18 years about their opinions of the Victorian school system.
Do I have to participate?
Participation is entirely voluntary. However, in order for us to collect accurate information it is important that as many families as possible participate in this study.
Participants do not have to answer any question if they feel uncomfortable doing so.
All information collected is treated in strict confidence. Personal details will be deleted at the end of the interview and will not be passed onto any other agency. The information provided will be used for planning purposes only.
What is the survey data used for?
The information collected in this study will be used by the Department and other government planners to improve the delivery and quality of services and initiatives for children in Victoria.
Some findings from the survey will be published online, including in the annual State of Victoria’s Children reports (an outcomes-focused analysis on how Victorian Children and Young People are faring).
Data from previous surveys
For data from the 2006, 2009 and 2013 surveys, see:
State of Victoria’s Children annual reports.
Additional findings and background information is also available in the 2006 Technical Report and the 2009 Preliminary Findings Paper and the 2013 Summary Findings Paper.
For more information on past collections see:
If you have further queries about the study, see:
Social Research Centre’s information page
To find out about more about data collections conducted by the Department of Education and Training see:
Additional data collections