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 6 data has now been released
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Its full of interesting information about the study, and shows how the data we collect is used and the impact it has on improving the lives of Australian kids now and into the future.
- Wave 6 data release
We are pleased to announce the release of the LSAC Wave 6 data. Wave 6 was conducted in 2014, when the K cohort children were aged 14-15 years old and the B cohort children 10-11 years old. For information on how to apply for access to the data please visit the National Centre for Longitudinal Data website.
- December 2015 Newsletter
Study News: Wave 6 data release; LSAC Annual Statistical Report 2014; Wave 7 home visits; National Longitudinal Data Conference 2016; AIFS 2016 Conference. In the Media, Publications: Recent journal articles using LSAC data; Flosse research database. Resources for data users: LSAC data user workshops; Online resources.
- Wave 6 Weighting and Non-Response [PDF 500 KB] | [Word 2.3 MB]
Technical paper no.15 by Amanda Norton and Kevin Monahan serves two purposes: describing the response properties and quality of the sample continuing into Wave 6; and describing the method and implementation of weight calculations to assist analysts make accurate population inferences from the LSAC sample. The method of producing weights is unchanged from Wave 5; however, the response propensity models used to adjust the weights have been re-fit.
- The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Annual statistical report 2014
LSAC Annual statistical report is the fifth volume in the LSAC Annual statistical report series. It describes aspects of children's lives and development. It includes chapters on the transition to secondary school, educational expectations of Australian children and their mothers, the early onset of crime and delinquency among Australian children, and gender role attitudes within couples.
Media releases: 28 July 2015, 4 August 2015, 18 August 2015, 25 August 2015
- Imputing income in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children [PDF 1.3 MB] | [Word 2.8 MB]
Technical paper no.14 by Killian Mullan, Galina Daraganova and Kalyca Baker aims to impute missing income data for Parent 1 and Parent 2 using the approach developed for another longitudinal study - the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (HILDA).
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.