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Version: 2.0

Update Date: 6 March 2020

DOI: 10.26193/JOZW2U

Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,090 children and families from all parts of Australia. LSAC explores family and social issues while addressing a range of research questions about children’s development and wellbeing. The Wave 1 data collection was undertaken for AIFS by private social research companies Colmar Brunton Social Research and I-view/NCS Pearson. Data collection for Waves 2-6 was undertaken by the ABS. From 2004, participating families have been interviewed every two years, and between-wave mail-out questionnaires were sent to families in 2005 (Wave 1.5), 2007 (Wave 2.5) and 2009 (Wave 3.5). Additional between-wave questionnaires (Waves 4.5 and 5.5) were undertaken via online web forms from 2009 for the purposes of updating the contact details of study participants. The sampling unit of interest is the study child and there were two cohorts of children selected from children born within two 12-month periods: (1) B cohort (“Baby” cohort) – children born March 2003–February 2004, and (2) K cohort (“Kinder” cohort) – children born March 1999–February 2000. Please note that this release of LSAC is now superseded, and is available by request for approved training courses only. For the current release, please visit