The early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for future heath, development and wellbeing. The transitions from childhood to adolescence to independent adulthood are also crucial periods for establishing positive health and social behaviours.
More reports and statistics on children & youth can be found under Adoption, Child protection, Mothers & babies and Youth justice.
Web report |
25 Feb 2022
Web report |
25 Jun 2021
In 2021, most Year 5 students achieved at or above the national minimum standards for reading (95%) and numeracy (95%)
In 2019–20, almost 39,500 children aged 0–12 were the subject of a child protection substantiation
Between 2011 and 2019, the proportion of mothers smoking during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy fell from 13% to 9%
Severe psychological distress among 18–24 year olds increased from 14% in February 2017 to 22% in April 2020
Between 2001 and 2019, rates of 14-24 year olds who drank at risky levels, smoked daily, or used drugs illicitly fell
In 2019, police-recorded sexual assault was 9 times as high for females as males aged 15–24
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