Growing Up in Australia
Newsletter No. 15, Summer 2007

Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, ISSN 1448-9147 (Online)

Wave 2 data collection

Interviewing for Wave 2 of Growing Up in Australia is now drawing to a close and, with nearly all the sample enumerated, preliminary results indicate that the response rate is around 90 per cent. Final response rates will be reported in future newsletters.

Many people have contributed to this great result, and in particular our thanks are extended to all the children and families who participated in Wave 2 and also the hard working interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Wave 1.5 data release

Data from Wave 1.5 was released in November and is available to researchers approved by the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA). As with all Growing Up in Australia data, approved researchers are required to abide by strict security and confidentiality protocols. Researchers wanting to access the data will need to read and complete a dataset application and sign a deed of license, available on the study website. Existing data users wishing to access this data can contact us.

Wave 3 development

The first round of cognitive and focus group pre-testing was successfully conducted in late 2006. More testing will occur during January and February 2007 to further refine new content. Data collection is due to commence in August 2007, with the main collection phase beginning in March 2008.

Wave 2.5

In September 2007 Growing Up in Australia will be contacting study families with a short mail-out questionnaire (similar to Wave 1.5). The questionnaires will ask parents about a number of important aspects of their child's development and will include questions on return to work and child support.

2005-06 Annual Report

The second Growing Up in Australia Annual Report was released in late November 2006. The report contains highlights from Wave 1.5, including findings from the nested study on parental leave by Dr Gillian Whitehouse from the University of Queensland, and extracts from a number of papers based on Wave 1 data. The report is available on the study's website and hardcopies can be obtained by contacting us.

Keeping in touch with families

In December, Growing Up in Australia families were sent a newsletter that provides an update on the study's progress, and a 2007 calendar featuring wonderful drawings by 6-7 year old study children. For hardcopies of these publications, contact us.

Recent papers, presentations and publications

Two articles featuring Growing Up in Australia data and co-authored by members of the study's Consortium Advisory Group, have been published in international publications:

A number of papers on Growing Up in Australia were presented at the APA Conference held 5-8 December in Adelaide and the ACSPRI Conference, held 10-13 December in Sydney. For more detail about these and other presentations, visit the publications section of the website.

Growing Up in Australia goes international!

The study has received considerable overseas exposure in recent months, including at the inaugural International Conference for Child Cohort Studies, hosted by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and held in Oxford, UK, during September 2006. A number of papers using data from Growing Up in Australia were presented by Institute staff and members of the study's Consortium Advisory Group. Of particular interest was a paper, co-authored by Institute researcher, Dr Jenny Baxter, which used the results from the first longitudinal data available from the study to compare the return to work patterns of mothers in Australia and Britain.

Following the conference, Carol Soloff (Growing Up in Australia's Project Manager) worked at the CLS for 2 weeks on some early analysis of the Sweep 2 data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a study similar to Growing Up in Australia. Carol then attended the Children's Research Centre at Trinity College, Dublin, to meet with and provide advice to the project team for Growing Up in Australia in Ireland, a similar cohort study about to get underway in the Republic of Ireland. On her return journey, Carol was invited to present to the Hong Kong Department of Health on the benefits of longitudinal studies.

AIFS Staffing

We are pleased to welcome our new Data Administrator, Mark Sipthorp, to the LSAC team at AIFS! Mark studied computing and commerce and his most recent work experience was as a Strategic Analyst for Victoria Police.

Contact us

If you want further information on the Growing Up in Australia study, please visit our website at or contact us.