15 - 19 March 2021
Australian Early Development Census National Conference

Trends in Child Development – The Future of Australia

2021 AEDC National Conference: Trends in Child Development – The Future of Australia


PDF Program

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We know you are all working hard during these unprecedented times to meet the needs of children and families. Your flexibility, commitment and drive to ensure communities continue to be supported has not gone unnoticed.

We are working hard to create an opportunity for us all to come together as a community, take time to reflect on what we have learned, the challenges we have faced, and what we have managed to achieve. Now more than ever, the 2021 AEDC National Conference provides us with a forum to share how we adapt, adjust, and evolve our services and policies to support children, families and their communities.

The AEDC is our national measure of early child development, shining a spotlight on the importance of the early years. AEDC National Conferences bring together educators, practitioners, policy makers and researchers to share how the data has been used to advance our knowledge and shape our practices.

As we approach our fifth, and perhaps most crucial collection to date, we invite you to join us to reflect on what we have learned from four national collections and how those lessons can shape our responses to current challenges. Over the past decade we have seen patterns of consistent improvement in some areas of child development, no change in others, and in some cases increasing vulnerability. The 2021 AEDC National Conference invites us to think about what is driving those trends, what we have learned from interrogating the data, and how the data has shaped what we do to ensure all children in Australia have opportunities to grow, learn and thrive.

Join us online from the 15th– 19th March 2021

It is our hope that adapting to a virtual platform will increase the reach and diversity of the conference, and we invite you to join us in this new online venture. Head over to our Q&A page to find out more about what this exciting new platform will offer and how you can engage in conference events, sessions, and networking.

Important Dates


4 September 2020


Mid October 2020



Early December 2020


24 January 2021


15 March 2021


About the Sponsor

The AEDC program is funded by the Australian Government, and managed by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. In 2009, Australia became the first country in the world to collect national data on the development of all children starting school. The program is enabled by a strong working relationship between the Australian Government, all State and Territory governments, and research organisations.

About the Conference Host

The Telethon Kids Institute is one of the largest, and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, comprising a dedicated and diverse team of more than 750 staff and students. Our vision is simple – happy healthy kids. We bring together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share our mission to improve the health, development and lives of children and young people through excellence in research. Importantly, we want knowledge applied so it makes a difference. Our goal is to build on our success and create a research institute that makes a real difference in our community, which will benefit children and families everywhere.