Australian Temperament Project

Commencing in 1983, the Australian Temperament Project (ATP) is an ongoing longitudinal study that has followed the development of a large group of Victorian children from infancy to adulthood, and is now following their children. With detailed information collected from 16 waves of data collection, the ATP is one of the longest running studies of its kind in Australia, and one of only a few in the world with information on three generations of family members (i.e., the young people, their parents, and now the young people's children).


The ATP turns 30!
In May 2013, the ATP celebrated its 30th anniversary. A report, highlighting key findings from the first 30 years of the study was launched to coincide with this important milestone.

The ATP Generation 3 study

A study of the experiences of ATP study members who have become parents

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Find out about the ATP

Study members

The ATP is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and Deakin University. Other collaborators include the University of New South Wales and the University of Otago, New Zealand. The ATP has received financial support from many funding agencies and institutions over the years and is currently supported by an Australian Research Council grant.