Growing Up in Australia - Study members


Growing Up in Australia 2013 newsletter for study children aged 10-11

Download the Growing Up in Australia 2013 newsletter for study children aged 10-11 (PDF 2 MB)

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children turned 10 this year! Over the last ten years you and your family have shared a lot of interesting information about your lives. Your information helps the government understand what it's like to grow up in Australia so they can help kids just like you.

Have you seen the YouTube clip celebrating ten years of Growing Up in Australia?

Watch the Growing Up in Australia 10 year anniversary video
Watch the Growing Up in Australia 10 year anniversary video with audio description (for vision-impaired)

Where are you now?

New South Wales 30%
Victoria 25%
Queensland 22%
South Australia 7%
Western Australia 10%
Tasmania 3%
Northern Territory 1%
Australian Capital Territory 2%

A typical day in the life of… YOU

The next time we visit you, we are sending you a one day diary to fill in. We want you to tell us all the things you do in a day, what time you got up, what time you went to bed and everything in between!

At Growing Up in Australia we are really interested in how you spend your time and the best person to tell us about you is you! Doctors, governments, and researchers from around the world will use information from the Growing Up in Australia diaries to understand how Australian children spend their time and how this changes as you get older. They also use the Time Use Diary data to compare Australian children's time use to children from other countries. To make sure we have the best information possible we need as many children as possible to complete their diaries!

Grass head

When you were 8-9 years old your parents told us that over half of you had made some art or craft together. Here is a craft activity you might be able to do with your parents.

What you will need


Word search

The pdf of this newsletter has word search puzzles for you to play.

When you were 8 or 9 years old here are some of the things you were doing with your family:

Went to a movie 45%
Went to a playground or a swimming pool 81%
Went to a sporting event 41%
Attended a concert or play, including other events such as visiting a museum or art gallery; attending a community or school event 48%
Attended a religious service at a church, temple, synagogue or mosque 31%
Visited a library 30%

Spot the difference

The pdf of this newsletter has a spot the difference puzzle for you to play.

What happens to the data you give us?

3 step process: What we do with your data

Best Ever Brownies

We received this delicious recipe from Sonia in Queensland, thanks Sonia. We love receiving recipes and pictures from you all.

Serves: 12
Preparation Time: 15 minutes or less



  1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Add eggs one at a time on a low speed
  3. Mix through flour and cocoa
  4. Bake at 160° for 25-35 minutes
  5. Serve with cream and/or ice cream.

If you have a yummy family recipe (not from a cookbook) send it in to us at (no stamp required):

Growing Up in Australia
Reply paid 76746
Sydney NSW 2000
Or email it to us

If you send us anything please let us know your full name and age so we can make sure we contact you if we use it.

Thank You to Participants

Growing Up in Australia would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for your important contribution to this study. This is your study and without you we could not continue.

For more information on how your data is being used, go to the Growing Up in Australia website