Abstract Submission

Abstracts OPEN

4 September 2020

Abstracts OPEN

Abstract Submission CLOSED


Preliminary Program PUBLISHED

January 2021

Preliminary Program PUBLISHED

Early Bird Ticket Prices FINISH

24 January 2021

Early Bird ticket prices FINISH

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

The Call for Abstracts has now concluded.  Abstracts are currently being reviewed and authors will be contacted in early December with a program released by January.  

We invited abstracts for standard 20 minute presentations and rapid 3 minute presentations that share how AEDC data has been used to understand and respond to the factors impacting on children’s development. Presentations should have a focus on trends in child development that have shaped current policies, practices and research. We invite presentations that reflect on changes in the lives of children and families over the past decade, the ways in which these relate to trends in the AEDC data, and how this information has been incorporated in planning services and supports or shaped research initiatives.

International presentations are welcomed. The AEDC is based on the EDI used in multiple countries and there are numerous other population measures of child development being used across many different regions and cultures. The AEDC conference provides an opportunity to share and learn how different communities are utilising AEDC data and other measures of child development in Australia and across the world.


STREAM 1 – Community

The AEDC provides information to every community about how children have developed in the early years. It helps communities come together to celebrate what is working well and to explore and respond to local challenges. Presentations in the community stream might showcase how data has been used to inform local initiatives and drive change for children, families and communities. We invite you to share your successes, challenges, and learnings about what has worked to improve the lives of your children and families.

 STREAM 2 – Education (ECEC and schools)

Children’s earliest education and care and their transition to school presents an opportunity to set the foundations for children to become active and involved learners. The AEDC provides educators and education leaders with data about the development of children across five domains, and supports them in planning that is responsive to context and place. Presentations in the education stream might discuss the ways Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services and schools have interrogated AEDC data, connected it with context and place, and planned responsive programs to enhance their practices to ensure all children are able to connect with and benefit from learning and development opportunities.


STREAM 3 – Government/Policy

Governments set the local, state/territory and national agenda for early childhood. As a population measure, the AEDC can help inform the development of policy at each of these levels, by directing attention to the needs of the developing child, their families and the communities in which they are raised. Presentations in the government/policy stream might discuss the ways in which trends in the data have been interrogated, policies examined and changes made to ensure our systems and services are responsive and informed by evidence.

STREAM 4 – Research

In Australia, the AEDC collects information every three years on the entire population of children in their first year of school. Internationally, the Early Development Instrument (EDI) provides a measure of child development at school entry that has been used in many countries including Canada, the USA, Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, China, and Peru. Presentations in the research stream are sought from researchers who have used AEDC or EDI data in innovative ways to explore factors impacting on or impacted by children’s development in the early years.

During the submission process, you will be required to note a preferred presentation format.
The committee may request that you consider an alternative format.
Presentations will be allocated to the program, taking into account author preference and balance of the program.


STRICTLY 20 minutes in duration, with additional time allocated for Q&A following the presentation.


STRICTLY 3-minutes duration

Your rapid 3 minute presentation will be a pre-recorded 3-minute video that attendees can view at their leisure. Time will be assigned in the program to facilitate this, however, people can go into the poster lounge pre and post these scheduled times to view your video.

Submissions are due by 6th November 2020.
Abstracts received after this date will not be accepted.
Submit via the presentation portal on this website (see submit abstract here button above).

Standard and rapid presentation abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and include:

  • The background / context of the research or program
  • The issue / problem the research or program is seeking to understand or address
  • A description of the research or work undertaken
  • Findings / outcomes of the research or program
  • Any key considerations or learnings
  • A presenter bio

Please click here for an example abstract.


All abstracts received will be reviewed and selected by an expert panel. They will determine if abstracts are accepted as a 20 minute or rapid 3 minute presentation with consideration given to the author’s preference and program balance.

Authors (or the person submitting on behalf of the author) will be notified via email on a rolling basis regarding the status of their abstract.


It is mandatory for all presenters to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee.


If you’re not sure about presenting in an online format, here is some information to help you decide:

  • You can choose to pre-record your presentation (preferred option) or present live.
  • You can practice your recording as much as you like to get it just right.
  • You can watch your presentation via the presenter view as it streams to conference attendees and review and respond to questions coming in.
  • You can craft your presentation to suit you – include video of you in your recording or create a voiceover for your slides.
  • You can use other features to engage attendees such as polls, handouts and discussion forums.
  • Our conference coordinators will work with you to support any technical needs or queries and be available via live chat in the lead up to your presentation on the day and during.

Further in-depth Presenter Tips and Tricks can be found here.  This includes information on preparing and creating your presentation as well as some general tips.  You can also view a video showing how you as a presenter will use the conference software here.  Specific information on actually submitting your video will be provided once the presentation is accepted.