Longitudinal studies

Longitudinal research follows the same group of people over time and as such provides powerful information making it possible to identify and better understand the pathways people take through life. The rich information collected through longitudinal studies is a prime source of evidence for informing long-term policy-making.

AIFS has built significant expertise in longitudinal research by conducting, leading and collaborating with several large-scale longitudinal research studies, including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). AIFS researchers involved in longitudinal research are particularly skilled in:

  • survey design
  • data management and linkage
  • analysis of longitudinal data.

In conducting such research, AIFS has examined change in children and adults over time on a range of topic areas including:

  • learning and education
  • physical and mental health
  • social and economic participation
  • life transitions
  • influence of family, school and community.

Current projects

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australia Children
A major longitudinal study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia.

Building a new life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants
A large longitudinal study that examines how humanitarian migrants settle into a new life in Australia.

Australian Temperament Project
A groundbreaking longitudinal study that, to date, has followed a large group of Victorians from their birth to 30 years of age.

Pathways of Care: The Longitudinal Study of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home-Care
This large scale longitudinal study follows the experiences of children and young people in out-of-home care in New South Wales.

Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study of Leaving Care
A long-term project focusing on the experiences of young people leaving the care system in Victoria.

Selected publications

Family Matters 95: Coming of age: Australia's flagship longitudinal studies
This issue focuses on longitudinal studies and includes articles on LSAC as well as other Australian longitudinal studies.

The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Annual Statistical Report 2013
This report covers a variety of ways in which Australian children's experiences and environments affect their prospects and progress.

Attendance in primary school: factors and consequences
This DSS Occasional Paper found that higher levels of non-attendance were associated with lower levels of numeracy in primary school, but not literacy.

Building a New Life in Australia: Introducing the Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants
This article examines the aims behind the longitudinal study Building a New Life in Australia.

The Australian Temperament Project: The first 30 years
This report highlights some key learnings about human development from the Australian Temperament Project.

Did you know ...

AIFS is currently involved in five longitudinal studies.

Researchers

Ben Edwards
Executive Manager, Longitudinal Studies

Galina Daraganova
Senior Research Fellow, Manager

John De Maio
Research Fellow

Karena Jessup
Design Manager

Mark Sipthorp
Data Manager

Diana Warren
Research Fellow

Jacqui Harvey
Design Manager

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