Using six waves of LSAC data, this report discusses ways in which Australian children's experiences and environments affect their prospects and progress, from birth to 15 years old. For the first time in this series, matched data from the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is used to investigate differences in children's developmental outcomes at the start of school, depending on the type of early childhood education and care programs they attended at ages 3 and 4.
Children's housing experiences are examined over a 10-year time period, providing new insights about how housing conditions change when parents separate. The chapter on children's use of health care services highlights the differences in the numbers of teenage boys and girls who required medical attention for an injury, with more boys than girls requiring medical attention for breaks, fractures and concussions.
Young people's relationships with their family and friends are a big part of this report, with chapters exploring time adolescents spent with parents and friends as they grow up; their help-seeking behaviours when they face emotional problems; and the quality of attachment and characteristics of their friends.
This report also provides a snapshot of how teenagers are faring in relation to eating problems, the types of actions they take to control their weight and the association between dieting and physical and mental health outcomes.