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2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data collection information

The 2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) took place in term 2, 2021.

Thank you to all the schools that took part in this collection.

2021 AEDC preliminary school snapshot

Participating schools can download their 'preliminary school snapshot'. This snapshot provides real time preliminary results for your school, which schools can use to inform planning.

The 2021 AEDC preliminary school snapshot frequently asked questions explain what the snapshot tells schools and how they can use the data.

Here are links mentioned in the frequently asked questions as examples of schools using AEDC results:

Learn more about the AEDC or do our professional learning program.

If you have any queries about the AEDC data collection system contact the AEDC Helpdesk on 1800 092 548 or helpdesk@aedc.gov.au.

Completing school participation

Watch this video to learn how to complete your school’s participation.

AEDC – finalising and invoice 2021 video transcript

Submitting invoices and school finalisation.

You can generate an invoice once all teachers have finished completing instruments and finalised their participation in the 2021 Collection.

To submit the invoice and finalise your school’s participation in the AEDC, you will need your school ABN, account name, account BSB and account number.

You can save this information prior to teachers finishing their instruments by clicking on the Invoice tab at the top of your screen, or by using the ‘manage’ button on the AEDC School Coordinator Dashboard.

In some jurisdictions this information will be prefilled – all you will need to do is enter the school ABN and confirm the details. Otherwise you can enter the relevant school bank details on this page.

If you need to check any of these details you can always return later to update this information.

When all teachers have finalised their participation and all children have been resolved, you will be able to click continue to review the reimbursement details.

The total number of completed instruments and teachers trained is automatically filled out for each section.

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural consultants trained will need to be filled out manually, only if they completed training with your school.

When all details are entered and checked over, you will be asked to confirm you have the appropriate approval to submit the invoice, and that you are ready to finalise your school’s participation in the AEDC.

At this point you will be prompted to download a copy of the Teacher relief reimbursement invoice.

Please provide a copy of the invoice to the relevant parties at your school.

You will then be asked to complete a short survey about your experience as the AEDC School Coordinator for the 2021 collection and we would appreciate your feedback.

Once the invoice is submitted you have finalised your school’s participation in the AEDC.

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Key steps to complete your school’s participation are:

  • registered teachers complete data collection for all participating children and follow the online data collection system prompts to finalise their participation
  • school AEDC coordinators review the system generated invoice for teacher relief reimbursement and submit it via the data collection system.

Take the opportunity to provide feedback about your experience in the 2021 data collection at the prompt in the online data collection system. Your feedback is important to help improve future AEDC data collections.

Value of the AEDC

Teachers across Australia value completing the AEDC data collection. Hear teachers tell their story about the value of completing the data collection for classrooms and beyond.

Watch the value of completing the AEDC for teachers video or read the video transcript.

Watch the value of completing the AEDC for classrooms and beyond video or read the video transcript.

Key dates

19 March 2021 – school leader and teacher packs arrive. Principals, please activate your school in the data collection system.

6 April 2021 – teachers and ATSI cultural consultants register in the data collection system and complete training.

27 April 2021 – school coordinators create class lists ready for the collection to start.

3 May 2021 – teachers start data collection. School coordinators submit invoice when all teachers finish data collection.

2 July 2021 – deadline to complete data collection.

17 September 2021 – deadline to submit teacher relief invoices

SA AEDC State Coordinator

Email: Education.AEDCTeam [at] sa.gov.au