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COLLECTION DATE AND REFERENCE PERIOD
For the National ECEC Collection to be comparable across jurisdictions, it is necessary for all jurisdictions to have a comparable reference period and a consistent collection date. All jurisdictions are working towards collecting ECEC statistics on the first Friday in August for future collection cycles. Due to the different collection dates and reference periods used in 2010, data is not comparable across all jurisdictions. As a result, some jurisdictions are presented separately in the publication Experimental Estimates of Preschool Education, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4240.0).
Use of the recommended collection date of the first Friday in August will align the National ECEC Collection with the National Schools Statistics Collection, allowing jurisdictions to combine their data collection activities. Alignment of the collection date and jurisdictional collection reference periods will also increase the consistency and interpretability of jurisdictional ECEC statistics.