Research report



Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, managed jointly by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, is a long term research project to better understand the environment in which Australian children are growing up.

The study collects a range of information about children and their families including children’s academic ability, their health and emotional wellbeing, parenting, family functioning, early childhood care, and education and schooling. Since the study began in 2004, around 10,000 children and families have taken part in three main waves of interviews and three mail-out surveys.

The third wave of Longitudinal Study of Australian Children data was collected in 2008 and released in 2009.

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