National Disability Data Collection (NCCD)

Since 2015, all Australian schools are required to participate each year in the annual collection of nationally consistent data on school students with disability.

The nationally consistent collection of data on school students with disability (NCCD) uses a model that draws on teachers' professional judgement and practices throughout the year supporting students with disability to access and participate in education. Each year in August, principals will verify data about students in their school receiving adjustments because of disability, based on evidences in the school.

The model for the NCCD is based on mandatory obligations to students under the national Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005. Understanding these legal obligations and the NCCD model is essential knowledge for principals and teachers.

About the National Data Collection

The national data collection on students with disability (NCCD) is based on the professional judgement of teachers about their students. The model underpinning the data collection reflects the work of schools in supporting their students in accordance with obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Schools will record information annually about:

  • the number of students receiving an adjustment for disability as defined in the DDA and the Disability Standards for Education
  • the level of adjustment each student is receiving
  • the broad category of disability of each student.

Students being provided with an adjustment for disability are included in the annual data collection where there is documented evidence held by the school of personalised learning and support for the student. This includes evidence that:

  • the adjustment has been provided for a minimum of 10 weeks in the 12 months preceding the 2017 NCCD census date
  • the adjustment is based on the assessed educational needs of individual students
  • the adjustment is provided in consultation with the student and/or their parents and carers
  • the impact of the adjustment is monitored

The principal verifies that the school holds the required evidences to support each individual student’s inclusion in the annual count.

The model for the national data collection reflects and supports the ongoing work of schools throughout the year in meeting the educational needs of every student. Schools report that the national data collection model directly benefits students and teachers through an increased focus on learning and support processes in the school.

Schools report that the national data collection model directly benefits students and teachers through increased focus on learning and support processes in the school.

2017 key dates

Key dates Action
Up to Friday 21 July Schools must enter data into ERN
Data harvested from ERN for the validation phase on 21 July 
Monday 24 July Collection website opens for validation phase
Monday 24 July - Friday 4 August Schools check their data and make any changes in ERN, and
complete the validation phase by 5pm on the Friday
Friday 4 August Census date. Data harvested from ERN at 5pm
Monday 7 August - Friday 18 August Schools review their data and correct any errors in the collection
website then sign off the census by 5pm on the Friday
Friday 18 August Collection website closes 

Professional learning

Sound knowledge and understanding of the DDA and Disability Standards for Education will assist schools in meeting mandatory obligations to students and their parents and carers and implementing the national data collection. Accredited professional learning on the DDA and Disability Standards for Education through an online package of lessons is available to all school staff. Further instructions are available about scheduling the course in MyPL@Edu.

A training website developed by Educational Services Australia supports schools' implementation of the national data collection through information about the national data collection model including levels of adjustment and evidence requirements. A series of video case study illustrations of practice is also available on this site.

Further information, including the NCCD 2017 Guidelines, fact sheets, resources and case studies of schools participating in the NCCD are located on the Australian Government Department of Education website.

Advice and assistance

Principals should contact their Director, Public Schools, for advice and assistance in the first instance.

Educational services teams located across the state are also available to provide advice and assistance. Contacts in each operational directorate are available via the details at right.

A Help desk for the national data collection located in state office is also available to participating schools. See details in the Contact Us box

Additional support materials for schools

Local assistance for NCCD

Macquarie Park Sue McGrath (02) 9886 7023
Tamworth Teena Skelton (02) 4904 3900
Ultimo Christine Albans (02) 8848 4932
Wagga Wagga Linda Cormack (02) 6334 8203

Contact us

Helpdesk for the national data collection:

Linda Smith
(02) 9244 5178
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