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Welcome to the LSAC Dataverse

Growing up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of 10,000 children and families across Australia. The study tracks the children’s development and life course trajectories in today’s economic, social and political environment. LSAC commenced in 2004 with two cohorts of 5,000 children each, aged 4 - 5 and 0 - 1 years.

LSAC is conducted through a partnership between the Department of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. A group of leading researchers from universities around Australia provide content and methodology advice.

All applicants for Datasets must complete a once only Confidentiality Deed Poll and email the scanned, signed copy to NCLD (ncldresearch@dss.gov.au) and ADA (ada@anu.edu.au) before applications will be approved. Previous users of Datasets must also complete the NCLD Data Holdings Form.

Notices

  • A new version of LSAC was released on March 1, 2019. All users who were previously granted access to LSAC 7 are automatically given the same access rights to LSAC 7.1. Existing users are strongly encouraged to download LSAC 7.1 to ensure consistency of their syntax with the most up to date version of the data. Note LSAC 7.1 has the same DOI as LSAC 7.0. For information about the differences between the two datasets see the List of Changes at https://dataverse.ada.edu.au/file.xhtml?fileId=9872&version=3.0.
  • A new version of LSAC was released on July 24, 2019. All users who were previously granted access to LSAC 7.1 are automatically given the same access rights to LSAC 7.2. Existing users are strongly encouraged to download LSAC 7.2 to ensure consistency of their syntax with the most up to date version of the data. Note LSAC 7.2 has the same DOI as LSAC 7.1. For information about the differences between the two datasets see the List of Changes at https://dataverse.ada.edu.au/file.xhtml?fileId=14631&version=5.0.
  • An updated version of LSAC B cohort 10 General Release SPSS data file was made available on September 18, 2019. There were no other updates to the LSAC Release 7.2.

Datasets

There are two versions of the LSAC data available: the General Release and the Restricted Release. There are also three linked datasets; the AEDC linked Dataset; the Centrelink linked Dataset; and the LSAC Child Health Checkpoint. The next release of LSAC will include the first seven waves of data.

To understand which dataset best suits your research needs, please refer to the Guidelines.

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Details about the National Centre for Longitudinal Data are available from the Department of Social Services

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Mar 6, 2020
Department of Social Services; Australian Institute of Family Studies; Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018, "Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Release 6 (Waves 1-6)", doi:10.26193/JOZW2U, ADA Dataverse, V2
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 childr...
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Department of Social Services; Australian Institute of Family Studies; Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2018, "Growing Up in Australia: Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) Release 7.2 (Waves 1-7)", doi:10.26193/F2YRL5, ADA Dataverse, V5
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is a major study following the development of approximately 10,000 young people and their families from all parts of Australia. It is conducted in partnership between the Department of Social Services,...
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