Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families from all parts of Australia. The study commenced in 2004 with two cohorts - families with 4-5 year old children and families with 0-1 year old infants. Growing Up in Australia is investigating the contribution of children's social, economic and cultural environments to their adjustment and wellbeing. A major aim is to identify policy opportunities for improving support for children and their families and for early intervention and prevention strategies.
Wave 7 content: submit a proposal
The Growing Up in Australia team is currently developing the content for Wave 7 of the study, scheduled for 2016.
We are seeking input from data users, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders on possible inclusions for Wave 7 that will assist in understanding how children's social, economic and cultural environments relate to their adjustment and wellbeing.
To submit topic areas for consideration, please complete the proposal submission form by 31 January 2014.
- The tyrannies of distance and disadvantage
AIFS research report: This research report investigates whether the gaps in children's development in regional areas compared to children living in the major cities is explained by their distance from the major cities (remoteness), or is it because many regional areas are disadvantaged compared to the cities? The analyses make use of data from Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
- The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual statistical report 2012
LSAC Annual Statistical Report: This is the third volume in the LSAC Annual Statistical Report series. It describes aspects of children's lives and development. It includes chapters on financial support for children after parental separation, care-time arrangements in separated families, intergenerational disadvantage, school non-attendance, after-school time, children's experience of unfriendly behaviour in school, children's allergies, physical activity and wellbeing of Indigenous children.
- Using National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) data in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) | [PDF 1.3 MB]
Technical paper no.8: This paper by Galina Daraganova, Ben Edwards and Mark Sipthorp describes how consent was obtained from parents, matching and linkage processes, sampling and bias issues, how NAPLAN data are stored in the LSAC data file, representativeness of data, and the extent to which NAPLAN data are correlated with the main cognitive and learning measures used in LSAC.
- Parental marital status and childrens wellbeing
FaHCSIA Occasional paper No. 46: This paper compares the wellbeing of children whose biological parents are married and those whose parents are cohabiting; it also looks at children in sole-mother families. It uses data from Waves 1 to 3.
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is conducted in partnership between the Department of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.