COLLECTION DATE AND REFERENCE PERIOD
The collection date for the National Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Collection is the first Friday in August of each year. In 2012, the collection date for all jurisdictions was Friday, 3 August 2012, with a recommended reference period of 30 July – 3 August 2012. Some jurisdictions preferred to incorporate a reference period of two weeks that included the collection date, to reflect their preschool program delivery models better. Jurisdictional collection dates and reference periods for 2012 are summarised in the table below.
2.1 JURISDICTIONAL COLLECTION DATES AND REFERENCE PERIODS, 2012
(a) DEEWR preschool census reference week.
(b) NSW community based preschools.
(c) Jurisdiction collected data for a fortnightly reference period to reflect their preschool delivery model.
(d) Reference period for community-based preschools in Queensland.
(e) ACT Catholic Preschool Collection.
|Jurisdiction||Collection Date||Reference Period|
|Australian Government||3 August 2012||30 July – 5 August 2012|
|6 August – 10 August 2012(a)|
|New South Wales||3 August 2012||30 July – 3 August 2012|
|30 July – 10 August 2012(b)|
|Victoria||3 August 2012||30 July – 3 August 2012|
|Queensland||3 August 2012||30 July – 5 August 2012 and|
|23 July – 5 August 2012(c)(d)|
|South Australia||3 August 2012||23 July – 3 August 2012(c)|
|Western Australia||3 August 2012||23 July – 3 August 2012(c)|
|Tasmania||3 August 2012||23 July – 3 August 2012(c)|
|Northern Territory||3 August 2012||30 July – 3 August 2012|
|Australian Capital Territory||3 August 2012||30 July – 10 August 2012(c)|
|30 July – 3 August 2012(e)|
For the National ECEC Collection to be comparable across the states and territories, it is necessary for all jurisdictions to have consistent collection dates and overlapping reference periods. The use of the recommended collection date of the first Friday in August also aligns the National ECEC Collection with the census date used for the National Schools Statistics Collection (NSSC) to ensure that children are only counted in one sector of education.