Our Commitment

The NSW Department of Education is committed to supporting all schools to undertake the required Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD), and to using the data collection process to help ensure all students with disability are participating and engaged in learning and able to pursue life opportunities.

About the NCCD

All Australian schools are required to participate in the NCCD on an annual basis.

The NCCD is an annual data collection that requires information on the extent of adjustments made for students with disability. The data collection supports a broader model of engagement and support for these students that draws on teachers' professional judgement and practices throughout the year to support students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. Implementation of the model enables schools to fulfil their mandatory obligations to students under the national Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005. Understanding these legal obligations and the mechanisms for collecting and using NCCD data is essential knowledge for principals and teachers.

School principals are responsible for verifying the accuracy of their school's data and validating that there is evidence at the school to support the inclusion of a student in the data collection. NCCD data is used to inform funding provided by the Australian Government to NSW and may be the subject of audits or compliance activities.

Key Dates

Up to Friday 24 July

Schools must enter data into ERN.

Data harvested from ERN for the validation phase on 24 July.

Monday 27 July

Collection website opens for validation phase.

Monday 27 July - Friday 7 August

Schools check their data and make any changes in ERN, and complete the validation phase by 5pm on the Friday.

Friday 7 August

Census date. Data harvested from the ERN system 5pm.

Monday 10 August - Friday 21 August

Schools review their data and correct any errors on the website and in ERN, then sign off the census by 5pm on the Friday.

Friday 21 August

Collection website closes.

Categories of disability

The broad categories of disability used in the NCCD are as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005:

Broad categories of disability

Level of adjustment

Implementing the NCCD

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 and NESA registered professional learning on the DDA and Disability Standards for Education (2005) is available to all school staff through an online package of lessons.

A training portal 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.

The following PowerPoint presentations can be used to support the delivery of professional learning for staff in schools:

Contact us

NSW Department of Education helpdesk for the NCCD

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