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The term ‘birth to 18 years’ includes all children and young people under 18 years, however, all other age ranges used in this report are inclusive of both the youngest and oldest age, eg ‘10 to 17 years’ includes both ten and 17-year-old children and young people.

The term ‘Aboriginal’ is used respectfully to refer to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children, young people, adults, families and communities.

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Key priority for action in 2023


Addressing data gaps and quality

Good quality data are fundamental to government and policy makers for creating strategies, setting objectives or developing and implementing policies people.


Data Lag Challenges

Data lag challenges have been compounded by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
on collection processes, survey frequency and methodology changes.


What is the Council is doing?

Raising awareness and engagement of the data gaps with South Australia’s decision makers and data custodians and seeking their cooperation to fill these gaps.

South Australia’s children and young people at a glance


Children and young people under 18 years estimated to be living in South Australia.


 Aboriginal children and young people under 20 years were living in major cities in South Australia.


South Australia’s total
population; slightly more than half (51%) were male and 49% were female


Estimated to be living in the most disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances (19.3% nationally)