Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a national measure of child development. It measures five key areas or domains when a child starts school:

  1. Physical health and wellbeing;
  2. Social competence;
  3. Emotional maturity;
  4. Language and cognitive skills;
  5. Communication skills and general knowledge.

The aim of Australian Early Development Index is to improve early childhood development outcomes for all Australian children by providing communities, governments and policy makers with the information they need to plan and evaluate their efforts in improving outcomes for children.

Further information, including local results and community profiles can be found at

Community Story: Mullewa Rhymes

GRCEC have been “Local Champions” promoting and using the AEDC in and with communities across the Midwest Gascoyne and Murchison regions since 2011. An example of a local project in Mullewa can be found at

Through this project, Mullewa community members created “Mullewa Rhymes” a local children’s rhymes book to support early childhood development. This book, and others can be purchased online in our shop.