Australian Early Development Census—Queensland schools

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The fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data collection will take place from 4 May to 25 June 2021. The quality of the information relies on the participation of all eligible schools across Queensland.

Conducted every 3 years, the AEDC is the most comprehensive collection of its kind in the world. The information gained from the census helps to shape the future and wellbeing of our children by providing evidence to support education, health and community policy and planning.

What the AEDC data means for schools

The AEDC collection provides vital information for school planning and community collaboration to support children's early learning, development and transition to school.

The AEDC data can help schools to:

  • plan and support children's successful tran​sition to school
  • raise awareness of the importance of children's early years
  • implement programs and services for children in the community to support early child development
  • act as a platform to forge collaborative community partnerships.

Access a collection of school resources and Queensland community stories to assist with understanding AEDC data and how it can be used.

Value of the AEDC

About the AEDC

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every 3 years.

The AEDC measures how children are developing as they transition into their first year of school based on 5 key areas known as 'domains': Physical health and wellbeing, Social competence, Emotional maturity, Language and cognitive skills (school-based), and Communication skills and general knowledge.

Physical health and wellbeing

Children's physical readiness for the school day, physical independence and gross and fine motor skills.

Social competence

children's overall social competence, responsibility and respect, approach to learning and readiness to explore new things.

Emotional maturity

Children's prosocial and helping behaviours and absence of anxious and fearful behaviour, aggressive behaviour and hyperactivity and inattention.

Language and cognitive skills (school-based)

Children's basic literacy, interest in literacy, numeracy and memory, advanced literacy and basic numeracy.

Communication skills and general knowledge

Children's communication skills and general knowledge base on broad developmental competencies and skills measured in the school context.

The 5 AECD domains - diagram

Information and resources for schools and Early Childhood Education and Care services are available on AEDC—Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care.

AEDC 2018 data

The fourth national AEDC data collection took place in schools from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. Australia continues to be a world-leader in the measurement of early childhood development with the 2018 collection capturing data on more than 300,000 children across Australia.

School principals are notified via email with instructions on how to download their 2018 School Profile Addendum. The 2018 AEDC data is also available on OneSchool.

2018 AEDC Community data can be accessed on the AEDC website.

The AEDC 2018 Queensland data snapshot report (PDF, 2.2MB) and the AEDC Queensland Infographic (PDF, 538KB) provides a summary of the 2018 AEDC data for Queensland.

For further assistance, email the AEDC helpdesk on or the Queensland AEDC coordinator on

Where do I go for more information?

Visit the AEDC website for more information.

Contact the Queensland AEDC team within the Department of Education at

Last updated 04 August 2021