The longitudinal study of Australian children: annual statistical report 2012

Children Australia

This report aims to provide the evidence base for future research and policy development to support family functioning and children's health and wellbeing.


Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia’s first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development. The purpose of the study is to provide policy-makers and researchers with quality data that contribute towards gaining a comprehensive understanding of children’s development within Australia’s contemporary social, economic and cultural environment (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The longitudinal nature of the study enables researchers to examine the dynamics of change as children develop, and to go beyond the static pictures provided by cross-sectional statistics.

LSAC was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and is conducted in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). A consortium of leading researchers and experts from universities and research agencies provide advice to the study.

This is the third volume in the LSAC Annual Statistical Report series, which for the first time incorporates data from the fourth wave of the study. The purpose of these reports is to provide an overview of the data from the study and to address policy-relevant questions about aspects of Australian children’s lives and development. The reports make use of the longitudinal nature of LSAC data to describe continuities and change as children develop, as well as the dynamics of change in their families, neighbourhoods and communities.

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