South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


12. Early childhood:

Increase the proportion of children developing well

No new data

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is collected nationally every three years. 

In 2015 23.5% of South Australian children were assessed as developmentally vulnerable in one or more domains by the AEDC. This is a slightly lower proportion of children assessed as developmentally vulnerable than in 2012 (23.7%). Nationally in 2015, 22.0% of children were reported as developmentally vulnerable in one or more areas.

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

Disaggregated data

Indigenous Status