What is the NCCD?
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.
Each of the included students has been identified by a school team as receiving a reasonable adjustment to address a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the Act) (www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00339).
Why is this data being collected?
The national data collection ensures that, for the first time, information about students with disability is transparent, consistent and reliable at a national level. The students with disability loading may be used for broader supports at the classroom, school and sector level, as well as for supports for individual students.
A nationally consistent approach to collecting data provides evidence on:
• the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability
• the level of adjustment they receive
• the broad type of disability.
What information will be collected?
Every year, your child’s school will collect the following information for each student receiving an adjustment due to disability:
• the student’s year of schooling
• the student’s level of adjustment
• the student’s broad type of disability.
If a student has multiple disabilities, the school team, using their professional judgement, selects the broad category of disability that has the greatest impact on his/her access to education and for which adjustments are being provided.
Who is included in the national data collection?
The definition of disability for the national data collection is based on the broad definition under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2017C00339).
For the purposes of the national data collection, students with learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or auditory processing disorder) or chronic health conditions (like epilepsy or diabetes) that require monitoring and the provision of adjustments by the school may be included.
Who collects information for the national data collection?
Teachers and school staff identify the number of students receiving an adjustment due to disability in their school, the broad type of disability and the level of adjustment provided, based on:
• consultation with parents and carers in the course of determining and providing adjustments
• the school team’s observations and professional judgements
• any medical or other professional diagnosis
• other relevant information.School principals are responsible for ensuring the information identified about each student is accurate.
What are the benefits of the national data collection for my child?
The aim of the national data collection is to collect quality information about Australian school students receiving adjustments due to disability. This information will help teachers, principals, education authorities and governments to better support students with disability to take part in school on the same basis as other students.
The national data collection provides an opportunity for schools to review their learning and support systems and processes to continually improve education outcomes for students with disability and all students.
Is the national data collection compulsory?
Yes. All education ministers agreed to full implementation of the national data collection from 2015. This means that all schools must now collect and submit information annually on the
number of students receiving adjustments due to disability in their care, and the level of adjustment they receive. Information about the arrangements that may apply to your school in relation to this data collection is available from your child’s school principal and the relevant education authority.
How is my child’s privacy protected?
Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of all students and their families is essential and is an explicit focus of the national data collection. Data is collected within each school, and personal
details, such as student names or other identifying information, are not provided to local or federal education authorities.
Further information about privacy is available in the Public information notice (www.docs.education.gov.au/node/33415).
Contact your child’s school if you have further questions about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability.
You can also visit the Department of Education and Training’s national data collection webpage (www.education.gov.au/nationally-consistentcollection-data-school-students-disability).
An e-learning resource (https://resource.dse.theeducationinstitute.edu.au/) about the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005 is freely available for the use of individuals, families and communities.