Growing Up in Australia
Newsletter No. 22, Summer 2009

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

Release of 2007-2008 Annual Report

The Annual Report 2007-2008: Growing Up in Australia was published on 2 December 2008. The Report provides an overview of the study, information on Wave 2.5 (the between-waves mail out questionnaire that took place in 2007 when children were 3-4 and 7-8 years of age), with articles on:

The 2007 LSAC Research Conference, held in Melbourne on 3-4 December 2007, is also featured in the Report, and all publications and presentations using the Growing Up in Australia data during the year are listed.

The Annual Report is available online. If you would like a printed copy, please contact us with your postal address information.

2009 LSAC Research Conference

A second LSAC Research Conference will be held in December this year in Melbourne. Further details on the Conference will be provided in the next newsletter.

Wave 3 data collection

The data collection for Wave 3 of Growing Up in Australia is in the final stages. Over 8,650 interviews have been conducted and several more are to be completed by the end of January 2009.

Feedback from Wave 3 interviewers indicates that the study continues to be well received by children, parents and teachers. We would like to most sincerely thank all study families for their magnificent contribution, as well as the interviewers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics whose hard work and enthusiasm make the study so successful.

Wave 4 development

Work has continued through the second half of 2008 to finalise the measures to be used in Wave 4, due to take place in 2009-2010. Feedback from Wave 3 interviewers has been most useful in preparing for Wave 4. Testing of new questions and processes, including the use of computers by children and parents to directly collect information, has been undertaken and was very positively received. A new time use diary for the older cohort of children was also trialled. More testing will occur in February 2009 to refine content.

Wave 3.5

In June 2009 Growing Up in Australia will be contacting study families with a short mail-out questionnaire (similar to Wave 2.5). The questionnaire will ask parents about a number of important aspects of their child's development, including questions on the child's use of media and technology, health, and school experiences.

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 our very first newsletter for children. A 2009 calendar featuring wonderful drawings by the study children was also included. Please contact us with requests for additional copies of these publications.

Data Expert Reference Group

A Data Expert Reference Group is being established and will hold its first meeting in February 2009. The Group's role is to recommend or review data management processes and provide advice on issues such as data manipulation, variable derivation, weighting and treatment of missing data. The Group is chaired by Professor Stephen Zubrick, who also chairs the study's Consortium Advisory Group.

AIFS staffing

We are pleased to welcome two new Survey Officers, Suzanne MacLaren and Elaine Kong, to the Growing Up in Australia team at AIFS.

Suzanne has completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in anthropology and her most recent work experience was as a research assistant at Borderlands Cooperative.

Elaine has studied public relations and sociology, and has recently worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics in the Population Survey Operations team in Melbourne.

We bid farewell to Siobhan O'Halloran, our Survey Officer, in August and Linda Bencic, our Design Manager, in October. Their expertise and dedication will be greatly missed.

Contact us

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