Target 12: Early childhood

Disaggregated by Indigenous Status


Explanatory Comments

The Australian Early Developmental Census (AEDC) is collected nationally every three years. In 2012, 51.4% of South Australian Aboriginal children were reported as developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains of the AEDC, an increase of 1.7 percentage points compared to the 2009 baseline year.  Nationally, 43.2% of Indigenous children were reported as developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains of the AEDC. 

The AEDC is a population measure of young children’s development, assessed during the first year of school in five key development areas (domains): physical health and wellbeing; social competence; emotional maturity; language and cognitive skills; and communication skills and general knowledge.

Children who score below the 10th percentile (in the lowest 10%) are classified as ‘developmentally vulnerable’. Children who score between the 10th and 25th percentile are classified as ‘developmentally at risk’, while those who score above the 25th percentile (in the top 75%) are classified as ‘on track’.

Lead Agency

Department for Education and Child Development