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Notes and data acknowledgements

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South Australia’s 2022 Report Card uses routinely collected and publicly available data, to publish the latest available information from a variety of state and national sources to track progress.

The term ‘Margin of Error’ abbreviated to ‘MoE’ is used to indicate when survey results should be interpreted with caution because of large confidence intervals. The use of summarised secondary data may contribute to data gaps, data lags and issues of data quality.

This year’s report card includes information from publications by other oversight and advocacy bodies for children and young people in South Australia including the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People, Guardian for Children and Young People, Training Centre Visitor and Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee.

The Child Development Council appreciates the assistance and support from various national and state agencies in providing data for this report card. These agencies include the National Disability Insurance Agency and, in South Australia, the Attorney General’s Department, Department for Education, Department for Infrastructure and Transport, SACE Board of South Australia and Department for Health and Wellbeing.

South Australia’s 2022 Report Card uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. These HILDA survey data were obtained from the Australian Data Archive, hosted by the Australian National University. The HILDA Survey is initiated and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views based on the data are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Australian Government, DSS, the Melbourne Institute, the Australian Data Archive or the Australian National University or any DSS contractors or partners, and none of those entities bear any responsibility for the analysis or interpretation of the unit record data from the HILDA Survey provided by the authors. DOI: 10.26193/YP7MNU.

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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)