Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability Help

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD_SWD) is joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments and non-government education authorities. The NCCD_SWD collects data annually about students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment provided for them.

The national data collection on students with disability reinforces the existing obligations that schools have towards students under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

All Australian primary, secondary, combined (schools with both primary and secondary students), and special schools (including Special Assistance Schools) are required by the Australian Education Regulation 2013 to participate in the collection. 

Each school provides school level data about the number of students with disability at their school, in Foundation (Year 1 minus 1) through to Year 12, and their level of education adjustment as at the first Friday in August (05 August 2016). Non-government schools data is required to be submitted by Friday 23 September 2016.

Each Approved Authority decides how and when their schools will provide data to the collection and advises their schools accordingly. You should use this module to provide your school's data to the collection if your Approved Authority has advised your school that the school must provide its data directly to the collection. 

Generally, independent schools and non-systemic Catholic schools will provide their data using this system. However, independent schools should check with their local Association of Independent Schools (AIS) to confirm the arrangements that apply to them. Systemic Catholic schools should check the arrangements that apply to them with their Approved Authority. 

The NCCD_SWD uses the definition of disability as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992; this definition is different to the definition of disability as used in other collections.

Please note, this collection is a different collection to the data provided by schools about students with disability through Census on the Internet.

Guidance on the steps for determining the students to include in the collection can be found on the NCCD professional learning website. Your local education authority or Associaton of Independent Schools  can provide you with advice about applying the model described on the NCCD professional learning website.

The data collected is the number of students identified by the school for each combination of:

  • category of disability, and
  • level of adjustment made for the student.

The links to the right of this screen provide you with further information about preparing to provide your data to the collection, providing your data to the collection and who to call for help with the collection.  The data technical specification for the collection is also available in the links to the right of this screen.

Last modified on Thursday 30 March 2017 [25|8946]