Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children - continuation 

Portfolio: Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


Why is this important?


  • Data on early childhood development gathered over an extended period of time is needed to inform policy decision-making.
  • The Australian Government will conduct a targeted longitudinal survey twice a year from 2008 to 2011. The survey will collect data on Indigenous babies under 12 months and four to five year old Indigenous children from 1650 families in 11 areas covering urban, regional and remote communities.
  • Findings from the 1650 families in the study will assist in understanding 'what works', for example in preventing children entering state care, strengthening the role fathers play with their children and addressing problems that lead to poor parenting.

Who will benefit?


  • The measure will deepen our understanding of the pathways between early childhood experience and later life outcomes for Indigenous children living in selected remote, regional and urban centres and lead to better informed policy responses.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?


  • The Australian Government will provide $8.9 million in new funding over four years to support the $12.0 million study.

What have we done in the past?


  • The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children will build on the work completed to date. The study has developed from an extensive process of engagement and consultation with the Indigenous community. The feasibility of different research approaches has also been tested in remote, regional and urban areas with partnering organisations and other research institutions, resulting in a number of publications.

When will the initiative conclude?


  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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