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eNewsletter No 29 - Summer 2011

News fromGrowing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, keeping you up-to-date with "what's new".



Annual Report 2009-2010

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Life at 5

Growing Up in Australia's continued collaboration with Heiress Films has produced the third series of the Life at documentary, Life at 5. The Life at series follows 11 children and their families. It draws on the content and findings of the study, and includes expert commentary from members of the Growing Up in Australia Consortium Advisory Group.

The two episodes for Life at 5 will be screened on 15 and 22 February at 8:30pm on ABC1.

To refresh your memory, the previous series Life at 1 and Life at 3 are available on iview (iview is the ABC's free internet broadcasting service, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/iview/).

Life at 5 group photo

Release of 2009-2010 Annual Report

The Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children 2009-10 Annual Report was released on 15 February. The report provides an overview of sample characteristics, new content and new data collection methods used in Wave 4. It also includes research findings from Wave 3.5 of the study. Previous Growing Up in Australia Annual Reports are also available online (link to Annual Reports page). If you would like a printed copy please contact us with your postal address.

Wave 4 data collection completed

The fourth wave of data collection has concluded, with over 8,400 interviews completed. We were very pleased to have so many families involved again. Feedback from the families indicate that the study continues to be well received, in particular the new interviewing methods where parents and children had the opportunity to answer many of the questions using a laptop computer. Data from Wave 4 will be available in August 2011.

We would like to thank all study families and teachers for their significant contribution, as well as the dedicated interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics whose hard work and enthusiasm make the study so successful.

Wave 5

The development of the Wave 5 interview content is nearing completion having commenced at the beginning of 2010. As part of the development process, a series of focus discussion groups were held with parents and children. These provided insights into the appropriateness of some of the proposed new content and ideas for improving the way information is collected from the families. The first phase of interviews for Wave 5 will commence in mid 2011.

LSAC Annual Statistical Report

Growing Up in Australia's first Annual Statistical Report will provide an overview of data from Waves 1 to 3 of the study. The report will describe aspects of Australian children's lives and development. Topics include children's families, education, neighbourhood, socio-emotional development, cognitive development and learning, and early health experiences.

Some of the chapters featured in the report are:

  • How does family composition change over time?
  • Parenting practices and behaviours
  • Children's experiences of child care
  • A longitudinal view of children living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

The Annual Statistical Report will be available later this year.

2011 Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Research Conference

The third LSAC Research Conference is currently being planned for the end of the year in Melbourne. Further details on the Conference will be provided in the next newsletter.

Recent publications

For information on recent publications, please visit the publications page of the Growing Up in Australia website.

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Contact us

If you would like further information about the LSAC study, please explore our website at www.aifs.gov.au/growingup.

For our contact details or to send a message see the Contact page.

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