What is the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability?

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is a joint initiative of all Australian governments and all state and territory government and non-government education authorities. National data is collected annually to identify the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment provided for them. The national data collection has been progressively implemented over the period 2013-2015. From 2015, all government and non-government schools participate annually in the national data collection.

Until now there has been a lack of comprehensive and nationally comparable data about school students with disability. The national data collection will give governments,  education authorities and schools nationally consistent information about:

  • how many students with disability are enrolled in Australian schools
  • where these students are located
  • the broad level of reasonable educational adjustment provided to assist them participate in schooling on the same basis as other students.

Information for schools and parents

Schools are at the centre of the educational experience for all Australian students and every student, regardless of their needs, is entitled to a quality learning experience. The national data collection process will help schools meet their existing obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

A professional learning resource has been developed by Education Services Australia to help principals, teachers and other school staff complete the national data collection. This resource guides participants through the steps for completing the national data collection.

Other resources include the 2016 Guidelinesfact sheets, frequently asked questions, school stories and notices for principals, teachers and other school staff completing the national data collection.

There are also resources for parents and carers including fact sheets, frequently asked questions and a public information notice.

Background information on the 2011 and 2012 Trials of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is also available.

Background information on the development and implementation of the national data collection is also available. This information about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is being hosted on behalf of the Education Council Joint Working Group to Provide Advice on Reform for Students with Disability (Joint Working Group). Further information is available about the Joint Working Group.