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Family Matters No. 67 - May 2004

Growing Up in Australia takes its first steps

Ann Sanson, Robert Johnstone, the LSAC Research Consortium and the FaCS LSAC Project Team

Abstract

Growing Up in Australia is the longitudinal study of Australian children. It is a large scale and complex study, focusing on children's health, social and emotional development, early child care and educational experiences, family lives and community interactions. The study aims to provide a strong evidence base for policy and practice. This article describes the study's development process, discusses the data that will be available to researchers from the first wave of data collection, and offers some pointers to the sorts of questions that can be addressed using the Growing Up in Australia dataset.

Growing Up in Australia is the longitudinal study of Australian children. It is a large scale and complex study, focusing on children's health, social and emotional development, early child care and educational experiences, family lives and community interactions. The study aims to provide a strong evidence base for policy and practice. This article describes the study's development process, discusses the data that will be available to researchers from the first wave of data collection, and offers some pointers to the sorts of questions that can be addressed using the Growing Up in Australia dataset.

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