Academics and Post-Graduate research students in the areas of mental health, psychology, child development, or education, are invited to undertake secondary data analyses and publish their findings. We request that you keep us informed of any research or publications involving the ACWP database so that a record can be maintained.
If you are interested in talking with the ACWP research team to discuss how your organisation can undertake further analyses or collaboration, please contact Dr Petra Lietz or Associate Professor Gerry Redmond.
From this page you can download the ACWP dataset with the full set of responses from individual students. These files will be of use to health and education researchers who would like to undertake their own secondary analysis of the ACWP data. The files available on this page includes access to the SPSS data file (through ADA), reports, surveys, codebooks, and compendia.
Contains the de-identified unit level raw data with derived variables and weights.
Please visit the Australian Data Archive and follow the registration instructions in order to access the ACWP database.
ADA Record ID: 01309 - Australian Child Wellbeing Project, 2014
ACWP Codebook (Excel)
Provides details about each survey item.
ACWP Data Compendia (PDF)
Provides the proportion distribution of responses in each answer category for each variable. All results are unweighted.
- Neighbourhood and Community
- Money and Material Wellbeing
ACWP Technical Report (PDF)
The ACWP Technical Report provides statistical background to the main reports and supports the further use of the ACWP database.
Lietz, P., O’Grady, E., Tobin, M., Murphy, M., Macaskill, G., Dix, K., and Thomson, S. (2015). Australian Child Wellbeing Project Technical Report.
ACWP Survey Instruments (PDF)
The project included six phases over four years from 2012 to 2015:
Phase 6: ACWP Reporting and Data
a) ACWP Final Report
b) Public database and technical report
Phase 5: ACWP Analyses
a) Main survey data preparation
b) Main survey descriptive analyses
c) In-depth analyses
Phase 4: The Australian Child Wellbeing survey
a) National survey sampling and preparation
b) National survey implementation
c) Second round of qualitative research
Phase 4 Report 2015: The ACWP survey
Lietz, P., O’Grady, E., Tobin, M., Young-Thornton, J. and Redmond, G. (2015). The Australian Child Wellbeing Project: Phase Four Report. Survey sampling, permissions and logistics.
Phase 3: Field Trial survey
Feb - Jun 2014 Phase three included a field trial of the main survey questionnaire, in order to pilot items and finalise the survey questionnaire. The field trial was conducted in 11 schools in NSW and Victoria.
Phase 3 Report 2015: The ACWP questionnaire: Results of the Field Trial
Lietz, P., O’Grady, E., Tobin, M., Popple, H., Hamilton, and Redmond, G. (2015). The ACWP questionnaire: Results of the Field Trial. Phase Three Report.
Phase 2: Developing wellbeing indicators
May - Dec 2013: Phase two included the development of wellbeing indicators for the national survey, informed in part by findings from Phase one qualitative research. Wellbeing indicators were developed and a pilot survey was constructed.
Phase 2 Report 2014: Towards the ACWP questionnaire
Lietz, P., O’Grady, E., Tobin, M., McEntee, A. and Redmond, G. (2014). Towards the ACWP questionnaire: Phase Two Report.
Phase 1: Obtaining young people’s conceptualisations of wellbeing
Jul 2012 - Apr 2013: Qualitative research with six groups of disadvantaged young people (Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, living with disability, living in regional and remote Australia, economically disadvantaged, and living in out of home care), as well as qualitative research with one group of mainstream young people.
|Summary sheets from the individual cohorts of young people:
in out of home care
with cultural diversity
from the mainstream
in remote communities
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