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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
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
Facsimile: 02 6206 9545
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
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.
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.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 Collected for respondents who reported that they have arguments with each other that end up with pushing, hitting, kicking or shoving.
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:
Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
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.
Children in remote locations were excluded.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
Suburb / Postcode
Frequency / Timing
Collection commenced: November 2004
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination