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The early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for future heath, development and wellbeing. A positive start in life helps children to reach their full potential, while a poor start increases the chances of adverse outcomes.
This report provides a broad overview on how Australian children are faring according to the 56 Key National Indicators of Child Health, Development, and Wellbeing (including the Children's Headline Indicators).
The Key National Indicators of Child Health, Development and Wellbeing is a framework containing 56 indicators covering topics such as health status and outcomes, risk and protective factors influencing health and wellbeing, early learning and education, family and community environments, safety and security and system performance. It provides a comprehensive picture of the health, development and wellbeing of Australian children aged 0–14, and includes the Children's Headline Indicators.
The Children’s Headline Indicators are a core set of 19 indicators in the areas of health, early education and care, and family and community. 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 and children living in remote areas).
The Children’s Headline Indicators interactive data portal contains the latest data on these indicators.
* Indicators in italics are currently not reported on. For most recent data on these indicators see A picture of Australia's children 2009.
† Children's Headline Indicator.