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2021 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data collection information

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

To help your school be prepared and to take part in the 2021 AEDC data collection, we will be updating this page with current communications and resources.

It is vital that all schools with children in their first year of full-time school take part in this collection.

Download the 2021 data collection key dates calendar (PDF 255KB) to print and display the timelines for the next data collection at your school.

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

School Leader and Teacher packs

Your School Leader and Teacher Packs provide all the information you need for your school to complete the 2021 AEDC data collection.  Packs arrive at schools in March.

Easy to read fact sheets help principals, teachers and staff know their role and help schools stay on track.

The fact sheets will be available for download on the data collection system.

Cross sector letter to principals

Read a letter to principals (PDF 526KB) from the heads of the Department for Education, Catholic Education SA and the Association of Independent Schools SA, outlining their expectation that all schools participate in the 2021 AEDC data collection.  

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