Growing up in Australia: the longitudinal study of Australian children

Annual statistical report 2018
Child mental health Child health Public health Youth Longitudinal studies Australia

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia’s first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development. LSAC provides valuable data about children, their families and their wider environments, and enables researchers and policy makers to have a comprehensive understanding of children’s development within Australia’s social, economic and cultural environment. 

Key findings

  1. One in seven children met the Australian guidelines for physical activity of at least 60 minutes per day (15% on weekdays and 16% on weekends).
  2. On school days, nearly all 6–7 year olds were getting the required minimum hours of sleep, but only half (50%) of 16–17 year olds were.
  3. By the age of 16–17, around two thirds of teenagers had been involved in a romantic relationship and around one third had had sexual intercourse.
  4. Despite it being illegal, one in six 16–17 year olds reported having gambled in the past year.
  5. Girls were more likely than boys to and it easy to spend money, though gender made no difference when it came to saving money or avoiding debt.
  6. Boys were more likely to choose Advanced Maths, Physics, Technology, Engineering, Business and Finance subjects than girls. Girls were more likely than boys to select Biology, Creative Arts, Health, Psychology, Legal Studies, and Society and Culture.







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