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National Preschool Census


Schools Data Services Unit
Department of Education, Science and Training
Telephone (02) 6211 6314
Email mick.stapleton@dest.gov.au


The National Preschool Census is a national collection of preschool student enrolments, with a focus on Indigenous students. It is conducted to monitor the effectiveness of one of the aims of the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program (IESIP), which is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool participation. The collection is also used as the basis for allocation of IESIP funds to preschools.


The collection covers government preschools which are included on each jurisdiction's census list. Non-government establishments involved in the provision of preschool education, registered preschools and centres offering an educational program are also included.

The collection counts students as enrolled if they were on the roll during the census week, and had attended a preschool education program in the last month.

Reference Period

The first week in August.

Frequency of Collection


Method of Collection

There are two parts to the collection. First, forms are despatched to registered non-government preschools, using the list provided by state and territory registration authorities. All preschools are asked to return the form even if they did not have any Indigenous enrolments in the census week. If the preschools do have Indigenous enrolments they were required to complete an extra questionnaire. Schools are given approximately four weeks to return the questionnaire. Telephone follow-up of non-respondents is used.

Secondly, government data and data in respect of Victorian non-government preschools is requested directly from the relevant state or territory government authority.


Release Schedule

Data are released in the following year.


National Preschool Census, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and All Students. Data Analysis Australia, Perth, for DEST.


Information is available for Australia, all states and territories, Statistical Districts and MCEETYA classification areas of Metropolitan, Provincial and Remote. For some data other geographical levels may be available, depending on confidentiality.

Data Service

Unit record data is not available and for data requests refer to the contact officer.


Preschool details
State or territory
Statistical District of preschool
Metropolitan, Provincial, or Remote (MCEETYA classification)
Government or non-government
Number of Indigenous students enrolled in preschool education programs
Number of all students enrolled in preschool education programs
Number of Indigenous children currently on the waiting list
Number of all children currently on the waiting list
Whether also offered a childcare program
Number of staff
Number of Indigenous staff

Indigenous students
Date of birth
Number of sessions
Total hours enrolled
Whether expects to enrol in school next year

Indigenous identifier
Government or non-government preschool
State or territory
Metropolitan, Provincial, or Remote
Statistical District of preschool

Teaching Staff, Teaching Aides, or Other
Indigenous identifier

Historical Data

The collection has been conducted since 1983 with comparable data available from 2001 onwards. Prior to 2005 the NPC was known as the National Indigenous Preschool Census.

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