The Growing Up in Australia team
Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children is conducted in partnership between the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
- DSS provides overall management of Growing Up in Australia on behalf of the Australian Government.
- AIFS is responsible for design and content of the study and preparation of research and statistical reports.
- ABS is responsible for data collection and delivery, instrument development and management of the Growing Up in Australia sample.
A consortium of leading researchers at research institutions and universities throughout Australia provides advice to the study. The consortium brings together significant research and management expertise. It includes researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including child development, sociology, epidemiology, public health, family studies, psychology, paediatrics and child health, early childhood education, services and social policy research, and economics. This breadth of expertise ensures comprehensive coverage of influences on child development.
AIFS Growing Up in Australia team
|Project Executive Director||Daryl Higgins|
|Executive Manager, Longitudinal Studies||Ben Edwards|
|Design Manager||Karena Jessup|
|Data Manager||Mark Sipthorp|
|Senior Research Fellow||Galina Daraganova|
|Senior Research Fellow||Jenny Baxter|
|Research Fellow||Diana Warren|
|Research Fellow||Helena Romaniuk|
|Research Fellow||Meredith O¬íConnor|
|Senior Research Officer||Jessie Dunstan|
|Senior Research Officer||Jennifer Renda|
|Research Officer||Nicholas Heyes|
Consortium Advisory Group (CAG) members
LSAC is supported by Assoc. Professor Ann Sanson as Principal Scientific Advisor, and the Consortium Advisory Group (CAG) which includes members of each of the Consortium partners. The CAG is chaired by Professor Steve Zubrick and its membership is as follows:
- Dr Peter Azzopardi, Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
- Professor Donna Berthelsen, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology
- Professor Michael Bittman, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England
- Professor Jan Nicholson, Inaugural Roberta Holmes Professorial Chair, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University
- Assoc. Professor Chris Ryan, Director of the Economics of Education and Child Development Research Program, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne
- Professor Ann Sanson, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
- Assoc. Professor Lyndall Strazdins, ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health / Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Australian National University
- Professor Melissa Wake, Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and University of Melbourne
- Professor Stephen Zubrick, Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research, Perth
CAG Expert Advisory Group
LSAC Expert Advisors perform an adjunct advisory role on specific issues relating to LSAC content development, survey methodologies or data analysis. Its membership is as follows:
- Dr. John Ainley, Principal Research Fellow and former Head of Research at Australian Council for Educational Research, Melbourne
- Dr Bruce Bradbury, Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales
- Assoc. Professor Linda Harrison, School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University - Bathurst
- Professor Bryan Rodgers, Family Health and Wellbeing, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University
- Professor Michael Sawyer, Research and Evaluation Unit, Women's and Children's Hospital, School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, University of Adelaide
Information on various aspects of early childhood development is being collected to provide a major evidence base for policy and intervention initiatives. To achieve this goal, Growing Up in Australia is collecting data addressing 11 specific research questions.
The design process is managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies Growing Up in Australia team.
Data expert reference group
In early 2009, a LSAC Data Expert Reference Group (DERG) was established to provide technical advice on issues relating to data treatment, manipulation and quality assurance. The Group is chaired by the Chair of the LSAC Consultative Advisory Group and is made up of representatives from DSS, AIFS and ABS, two external statistical experts and an experienced LSAC data user. The Group meet as required with the inaugural meeting held on 12 February 2009.
Functions of the group are to:
- advise on the treatment of data and discretionary decisions regarding data management;
- advise on, and where appropriate undertake, data quality assurance work to increase the reliability of the LSAC data set;
- advise on data file structure and documentation;
- participate in the development of discussion papers on data management prepared as part of each data collection wave; and
- advise on the need and best procedures for conducting scaling of measures and producing composite scales or variables.
The issues discussed at the Inaugural meeting on 12 February were:
- the group's role and function;
- weighting strategies and approaches;
- data imputation and the degree to which this is undertaken;
- quality assurance of scales;
- performance of scales over time; and
- the construction of the Outcome Index in Wave 3 and future waves.