Victorian child health and wellbeing survey

The Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey collects valuable information about the health and wellbeing of children living in Victoria. Issues covered by the survey include:

  • child health
  • growth
  • asthma
  • nutrition
  • oral health
  • reading
  • injury
  • child behaviour
  • family functioning
  • parental health
  • parental mental health
  • health in pregnancy.

The Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey is being conducted for the fifth time in 2019. Previous surveys were conducted in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2017.

Who participates in the Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey?

Victorian residents aged over 18 years 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.

In addition to the Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey, the Department of Education and Training 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.

Who is conducting the survey?

The Social Research Centre has been contracted to conduct the Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

When does the survey take place?

Representatives from the Social Research Centre will be telephoning households and mobile phones from July to September 2019.

Do I have to participate in the survey?

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. The interview will take approximately twenty minutes and arrangements can be made for participation at a convenient time.

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 of Education and Training 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).

Further information

For data from the 2006, 2009 and 2013 surveys, see: State of Victoria’s children annual reports.

Historical findings and background information are also available in the following documents:

For further information about the study, see: Social Research Centre’s information page