Online Registration Now Closed

Online registration has now closed, however you can still register to attend the conference by completing a registration form which you can download via this link.

Please bring your completed registration form with you to the registration desk located at the Stamford Grand Hotel, along with payment via cash or credit card only.

If you have any queries regarding your registration please contact the conference organisers via email at nikki@aomevents.com

Conference Handbook Download

With the conference only a few days away, you can find out a little more about the speakers, sessions and general conference information by downloading a copy of the conference handbook now by clicking here.

All delegates will get a copy of this handbook upon registration.


Welcome to the 2015 Australian Early Development Census National Conference website.

The theme for the conference is "Bridging the Divide - Linking data to action in schools, communities, and governments across Australia".

This conference aims to increase awareness, understanding and utility of the AEDC, both in Australia and internationally.

Additionally, through sharing experiences delegates will be able to broaden their understanding of the AEDC and how it can be used to inform their planning at a school, community and policy level.

Conference Themes

The AEDC National Conference 2015 presents an opportunity to learn about the ways in which people are using and responding to the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data.  Please note that although the conference is primarily set for an Australian audience we are also very interested in sharing stories in the use of the Early Development Instrument internationally.  We encourage people to submit presentation summaries (abstracts) in the following four areas: 


The AEDC/EDI is considered an outcome measure of how well communities have raised their children in the years before they start school.  Presentations in the community stream might discuss the range of ways communities have/could/should respond to AEDC/EDI data, information on the challenges and success stories of communities responding to developmental vulnerability in communities,   or what impacts these initiatives might have had for children, families, and service providers. 


Children’s transition to school presents an opportunity to set the foundations for children to become active and involved learners.  A challenge many schools are faced with includes responding to the diverse needs of children.  The AEDC/EDI provides schools with developmental data about the needs of children that have entered their school.  Presentations in the schools stream might discuss the ways schools have thought about their data, how schools have responded to the data either at a school or broader community level, what schools have learned about the communities from which their children come from, and the impacts the AEDC/EDI has had on their practices. 


Governments set the local, state/territory and national agenda for early childhood.  A population measure such as the AEDC/EDI 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 data is being used to inform policy and practice at a systems level. 


In Australia, the AEDC collects information on the entire population of children in their first year of full time schooling once every three years.  Internationally, the Early Development Instrument (EDI) provides a measure of child development at school entry that has been used in many different countries including Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, China, and Peru.  Presentations in the research stream are sought from researchers using data from the 2009 and/or 2012 AEDC or the EDI in other countries.

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