The Australian Government will re-run the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) in up to 61 current AEDI communities, implement it in a further 14 disadvantaged communities and develop and trial an Indigenous AEDI.
More information will be available to existing AEDI communities enabling them to measure change over time. Fourteen new communities will have access to data to assist with policy and program development.
The development of an Indigenous AEDI will more accurately assess the early development needs of Indigenous children and take into account cultural and language differences. This measure may be of assistance in developing progress measures for the COAG human capital reform agenda.
The AEDI is a community based population measure of the health and development of children undertaken at the beginning of the first school year. The AEDI provides communities with developmental information allowing communities to allocate resources towards the development of targeted programs and strategies focused on improving outcomes for children.
The first stage of the AEDI project commenced in April 2004 and was completed on 31 March 2007. It is one of the many prevention and early intervention initiatives supported by the Government. Other initiatives include: Communities for Children under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, which assists disadvantaged communities with funding for coordinated early childhood programs; and the Responding Early Assisting Children Program and the Family Relationships Services Program.
The second stage of the project will commence on 1 July 2007.
Total Government Funding:
$3.7 million over three years.