Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child meets the ongoing challenge of supporting young children growing up in a rapidly changing digital age.

We integrate research into child health, education, and digital and social connectedness.  Innovating across disciplines, our evidence-based research focuses not only on the risks but also the many opportunities and innovations provided by digital technologies that can benefit children and their futures.

Mission and priorities

Our vision is for Australian children to be healthy, educated and connected in a digital world.

Technology innovation

Evidence-based research and research dissemination to optimise children's use of digital technology.

Policy development

Policy recommendations to inform policy stakeholders about optimising children's digital experiences.


Curriculum and pedagogy recommendations to enable child-directed digital learning, participation and enjoyment.

Community stakeholders

We are a global first, focussing on children from birth to eight years of age with a detailed seven-year research program, including a longitudinal family cohort study with 3000 families.

The centre provides guidelines and resources for parents, educators and communities about safe and effective digital practices.

We undertake community and stakeholder engagement through centre activities that include the Children’s Technology Spaces, workshops and conferences, and outreach events.


Researchers from Australian universities collaborating with QUT in the new centre are Curtin University, Deakin University, Edith Cowan University, University of Queensland and University of Wollongong.

In total, the centre has 32 national and international academic and industry partners. The centre will bring together academics from Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and South Korea, whose research spans diverse disciplines from education, health, computer science, engineering, psychology, and digital technologies to media and communication.

Research news

9 April

Cyber hygiene critical as we move to working from home

With millions of Australians now working from home to maintain social isolation, a QUT expert is warning employees and employers to ensure they exercise the highest level of ‘cyber hygiene’.

8 April

COVID-19 could be spread on breath of infected people

While we have heard much discussion about how COVID-19 infection spreads, little focus has been placed on the airborne route of infection, so far, says QUT International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health director Professor Lidia Morawska.

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