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The Headline Indicators for children's health, development and wellbeing (Children's Headline Indicators) are a set of 19 indicators endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers' Conference, Community and Disability Services Ministers' Conference and the Australian Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs Senior Officials Committee.

The indicators are designed to focus policy attention on identified priority areas for children aged 0–12, with a focus on different groups of children (for example, Indigenous children, children living in remote areas).

The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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Dynamic data are available for the 18 Children's Headline Indicators that currently have suitable data.

Users can customise charts and tables according to year, state/territory and groups of children.

Data can be viewed by indicator or by group. Please make your selection below.

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The quick reference guide provides an overview of the 18 indicators included in the dynamic display, including trend data.

Please note

The dynamic data display requires Adobe Flash Player 11.1 or later and has minimum browser requirements.

Data may take a couple of minutes to download. 

Indicators were updated with the most recent data available in the latest (2016) release unless otherwise stated. Data are subject to minor revisions over time.

Children's Headline Indicators by domain

Health Early learning and care Family and community
1. Smoking during pregnancy 9. Early childhood education 14. Teenage births
2. Infant mortality 10. Transition to primary school 15. Family social network new
3. Low birthweight 11. Attendance at primary school new 16. Family economic situation
4. Breastfeeding(a) 12. Literacy 17. Child abuse and neglect
5. Immunisation 13. Numeracy 18. Social and emotional wellbeing new
6. Overweight and obesity(b)
7. Dental health(a)
8. Injury deaths
  1. Most recent data are 2010.
  2. Most recent data are 2011–12.
Children's Headline Indicators groups
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Family type
Indigenous status
Remoteness area
Socioeconomic status