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Contents >> Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)

LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN (LSAC)


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
Northern Territory
Regional
LGA
ASGC Remoteness
Other
More than annual
Annual
2-4 yearly
Less than 5 yearly
Once only
Ad hoc
Detailed publication / report publicly available
Data cubes / spreadsheets publicly available
Agency annual report
Customised data - free upon request1
Customised data - charged consultancy1
Not published - may be available on request1
Not publicly available
[1] May be subject to release conditions

DETAILED METADATA

Contact

Data custodian: Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

Contact: Deputy Director (Research)

Address: Level 20, South Tower, 485 La Trobe St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Telephone: 03 9214 7888

Facsimile: 03 9214 7839

Email: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/contact.php

Internet: http://www.aifs.gov.au

Contact for enquiries about access to datasets: Longitudinal Surveys Business Owner, Research and Analysis Branch TOP DE4, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Address: PO Box 7576, Canberra Business Centre, ACT, 2610, Australia

Phone:n/a

Facsimile: 02 6206 9545

Email: longitudinalsurveys@fahcsia.gov.au

Publications

A list of publications from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is available on the AIFS website http://www.aifs.gov.au/growingup/pubs/index.html

Purpose

LSAC has been designed to examine the impact of Australia’s unique social, economic and cultural environment on children’s well-being, cognitive and behavioural development, particularly in regard to issues of policy relevance.

A major aim is to identify policy opportunities for improving support for children and their families and for early intervention and prevention strategies.

Description

LSAC is an ongoing study for tracking children’s development in Australia. It follows the development of 10,000 children born in the late 1990s and 2000s and their families from all parts of Australia. The study follows two cohorts - families with 4-5 year old children and families with 0-1 year old infants in 2004. The study will continue to follow these two cohorts of children to the ages of 14-15 years and 18-19 years.

Collection Type

Survey

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Respondent
(Victim1)
Respondent
(Secondary victim1)
Respondent
(Offender1)
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment
Education
Income
Geography
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other
Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness

other
2



Smoking
2



Smoking
FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
Prior history of victimisation / offending
Known outcomes
application for violence order
violence order issued
offender charged
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
changed routine
other
Other personal data items

Child's school attendance;
Child's behaviour;
Child's achievements
1 Respondent may or may not have experienced FDV. Information on the direction of abuse (who is victim and who is offender) is not available within this data collection.
2 Collected for respondents who reported that they have arguments with each other that end up with pushing, hitting, kicking or shoving.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other
Relationship between parties
married/de facto spouse
current / former partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
parent-child
sibling
other member of household
other relatives
relationships of personal or financial dependency
Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
Other

The collection instruments can be viewed at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/growingup/studyqns/index.html

Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Information on FDV has not been directly collected within this survey both parents of a study child were asked the following questions:

    • Do you have arguments with your partner that end up with people pushing, hitting, kicking or shoving?
    • Is there anger and hostility between you and your partner?
    • Do you and your partner argue?

Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse

Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)

Conceptual Framework Element / Sub-element
Amount of Information Available
None
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental Factors
Individual pyscho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Understandings and acknowledgments of risk and safety
Incident
Responses
Informal responses
Formal system responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

Collection methodology

The sample was selected from the Medicare enrolment database held by the Health Insurance Commission. The Health Insurance Commission selected children of the appropriate ages and sent an 'invitation to participate' letter to the Medicare cardholder, along with a brochure on Growing Up in Australia. Families had four weeks to register their withdrawal from the study. At the end of this period, remaining families were sent a letter indicating when an interviewer will be in their area. Interviewers subsequently contacted families to arrange an appointment.

The infant cohort comprised 5112 children aged 3-15 months at the start of the study (2004). The child cohort comprised 4991 children aged 4-5 years at the start of the study (2004).

Field interviewers conduct both face-to-face and telephone interviews with the study child’s parents and face-to-face interviews with the study child. The responses were entered onto a laptop computer. In 2010, the parents and study children also did part of the interview by entering their responses using a laptop. The study child’s teacher, carer and other resident parent (known as Parent 2) were required to complete paper questionnaires. Parents who do not live with the study child were also included in the study and interviewed by telephone.

Scope / target population

Population comprises children who were aged 3-17 months in 2003-2004 and children who were aged 4-5 in 2003-2004.

Coverage

Children in remote locations were excluded.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National

Data available for:
Australia
State/Territory (all)
Suburb / Postcode

Frequency / Timing

2 yearly

Collection history

Collection commenced: November 2004

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Publications available on line. Access to datasets may also be available for non-profit purposes at the discretion of the Longitudinal Surveys Business Owner, a position held by the Branch Manager of the Research and Analysis Branch in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). More details about how to apply for access are at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/growingup/data/dataaccess.html

Other data sources held by this agency

Australian Temperament Project (ATP)
Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms Legislation and Courts Project, Australia
Longitudinal Study of Separated Families (LSSF)
Survey of Family Relationship Service Clients, 2009

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