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

The following information about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is being hosted by the Australian Government, on behalf of the Education Council Joint Working Group to Provide Advice on Reform for Students with Disability (Joint Working Group). See the Background information section for more information about the Joint Working Group.

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is a joint initiative of all Australian governments and 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 adjustment provided for them. The national data collection was progressively implemented in Australian schools from 2013-2015. Since 2015, all schools have participated annually in the national data collection.

Over time, the national data collection aims to provide nationally consistent, high quality data on:

  • students who receive an adjustment to participate in education because of disability enrolled in Australian schools
  • where these students are located
  • the level of reasonable adjustment provided to assist them to participate in schooling on the same basis as other students
  • each student’s broad category of disability.

Information for schools and parents

Schools are at the centre of the educational experience for Australian students, and every student is entitled to a quality learning experience. Participation in the national data collection process helps schools meet their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

A professional learning website, developed by Education Services Australia, helps principals, teachers and other school staff complete the national data collection. Along with information about the steps involved, this website includes case studies and illustrations of practice videos to equip school staff with the skills and understanding they need to implement the collection.

Other resources to support schools with the national collection include the 2017 Guidelines, fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and an information notice.

There are also resources for parents and carers including fact sheets, frequently asked questions and a public information notice outlining how students’ and families’ privacy is protected during the collection.

Background information on the development and implementation of the national data collection is also available.

New publications on the national data collection

Through the new report Improving educational outcomes: Emergent data on students with disability in Australian schools, the Education Council has released results from the 2015  Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability data collection.

To complement publication of the 2015 data report, the Council has also agreed to release the executive summary of the 2015 Continuous Quality Improvement Project.

These publications can be accessed on the Education Council website.