The Growing Up in Australia team

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is conducted in partnership between the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

A consortium of leading researchers at research institutions and universities throughout Australia provides advice to the study. The consortium brings together significant research and management expertise. It includes researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including child development, sociology, epidemiology, public health, family studies, psychology, paediatrics and child health, early childhood education, services and social policy research, and economics. This breadth of expertise ensures comprehensive coverage of influences on child development.

AIFS Growing Up in Australia team

Position Name
Project Executive Director Kelly Hand
Executive Manager, Longitudinal Studies Galina Daraganova
Survey Design Manager Karena Jessup
Data Manager Jatender Mohal
Senior Research Fellow Jenny Baxter
Research Fellow Diana Warren
Research Fellow Helena Romaniuk
Research Fellow Meredith O’Connor
Senior Research Officer Jessie Dunstan
Senior Research Officer Jennifer Renda
Senior Research Officer Bernadette Kok
Research Officer Nicholas Heyes

Consortium Advisory Group (CAG) members

LSAC is supported by Assoc. Professor Ann Sanson as Principal Scientific Advisor, and the Consortium Advisory Group (CAG) which includes members of each of the Consortium partners. The CAG is chaired by Professor Steve Zubrick and its membership is as follows:

CAG Expert Advisory Group

LSAC Expert Advisors perform an adjunct advisory role on specific issues relating to LSAC content development, survey methodologies or data analysis. Its membership is as follows:


Information on various aspects of early childhood development is being collected to provide a major evidence base for policy and intervention initiatives. To achieve this goal, Growing Up in Australia is collecting data addressing 11 specific research questions.

The design process is managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies Growing Up in Australia team.

Data expert reference group

In early 2009, a LSAC Data Expert Reference Group (DERG) was established to provide technical advice on issues relating to data treatment, manipulation and quality assurance. The Group is chaired by the Chair of the LSAC Consultative Advisory Group and is made up of representatives from DSS, AIFS and ABS, two external statistical experts and an experienced LSAC data user. The Group meet as required with the inaugural meeting held on 12 February 2009.

Functions of the group are to:

The issues discussed at the Inaugural meeting on 12 February were: