Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Australian Early Development Census

The AEDC is a nationwide 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 next census will run from Term 2, 2024.

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.

Discover more with our resources for families and educators below, and at the AEDC website.