Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

The AEDC is an Australian-wide census that gathers information about young children's development.

It provides a snapshot of children's progress at national, state/territory and community levels in five key areas of development:

  • physical health and wellbeing
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive skills
  • communication skills and general knowledge.

The census happens every three years. The last census ran from 1 May to 29 June 2018.

Information is collected on children in Pre-primary. Your child is not required to sit a test or be present while the AEDC is completed - their teacher will complete it.

You can discover more about the Australian Early Development Census by reading our resources for families and educators.