The Telethon Kids Institute has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to undertake research into how the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is currently being used in Australian schools, communities, government and non-government organisations, and by other relevant stakeholders.


The AEDC is a population measure of how children have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school across five areas of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, and communication skills and general knowledge.


A brief survey has been designed which asks a range of questions, including how you have or have not used the AEDC, your past and current involvement in the AEDC, and how you think engagement with the AEDC can be improved. The survey is confidential, and should only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Information collected will be used to provide the department with recommendations for improving engagement with, and access to the AEDC.


It is important to collect this type of information from a wide range of stakeholders, including both those using the AEDC and those who have not, to ensure we are able to consider a wide range of views, including some of the reasons why individuals and organisations have not been able to engage with the AEDC. This email has been sent to you as you have been identified as a stakeholder who may have previously used, collected or otherwise been involved with the AEDC, or you may have been identified as a stakeholder who may wish to engage with the AEDC in future.


To access the survey, please click the following link:


The survey will be live until COB Friday 20th October. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to participate to other relevant stakeholders in your network.


For further information about the AEDC, please visit or to subscribe to the AEDC Newsletter, please email either this address or with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.


If you would like further information about this survey or how the results will be used, please contact Dr Yasmin Harman-Smith at


The next AEDC data collection will take place in Term 2, between 1 May and 29 June 2018


Thank you for your time.




Gail Clark


Western Australian AEDC Coordinator

Office of Early Childhood Development and Learning

Department of Education, Western Australia

151 Royal Street  I  East Perth  I  WA  I   6004

Ph: (08) 9264 5366


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