Australian Temperament Project
Commencing in 1983, the Australian Temperament Project (ATP) is an ongoing longitudinal study that has followed the development of a large group of Victorian children from infancy to adulthood, and is now following their children. With detailed information collected so far from 15 waves of data collection, the ATP is one of the longest running studies of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few in the world with information on three generations of family members (i.e., the young people, their parents, and now the young people's children).
The ATP turns 30!
In May 2013, the ATP celebrated its 30th anniversary. A report, highlighting key findings from the first 30 years of the study was launched to coincide with this important milestone.
The ATP Generation 3 study
- The Australian Temperament Project: The first 30 years
ATP report: This report highlights some key learnings about human development from the Australian Temperament Project (ATP) - a groundbreaking longitudinal study that, to date, has followed a large group of Victorians from their birth to age 30 years.
- Stability and change in risky driving from the late teens to the late twenties
AIFS research paper No. 51: This paper, the product of a collaborative partnership between AIFS, the TAC and the RACV, uses data from the Australian Temperament Project to explore patterns of risky driving over time, and the factors associated with persistence and change in risky driving tendencies from the late teens to the late twenties
Find out about the ATP
- Pathways from infancy to adolescence: Australian Temperament Project 1983-2000
The story of the ATP
Read about the aims of the study, how it started, and important findings from the first 18 years
The ATP is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and Deakin University. Other collaborators include the University of New South Wales and the University of Otago, New Zealand. The ATP has received financial support from many funding agencies and institutions over the years and is currently supported by an Australian Research Council grant.