Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection of early childhood development at the time children commence their first year of full-time school. The AEDC highlights what is working well and what needs to be improved or developed to support children and their families by providing evidence to support health, education and community policy and planning. The data is used by schools, communities, and governments to plan services and supports that give kids the best start at school.

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2021 Data Collection

The fifth cycle of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) national data collection in primary schools begins in Term 2 Week 3 (3 May 2021). The census involves teachers of children in their first year of full-time school completing the Australian version of the Early Development Instrument (AvEDI) in a secure online data collection system.

School Leader Pack and Teacher Packs

School Leader and Teacher information packs will arrive in schools by the end of March 2021. If you are yet to receive your information pack, please contact the AEDC National Helpdesk on 1800 092 548 or

Teacher Relief Reimbursement 

The Australian Government pays reimbursement for teacher relief and the use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Consultants (ATSI CC) during the data collection. Further information about the reimbursement rates for NSW independent schools can be found here.

Additional support resources

If you have any queries about your school’s involvement or reimbursement rates for teacher relief, please contact Ben Arber.