National Consistent Collection of Data
In 2015 all Education Ministers from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments agreed to the full implementation of a process called the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).
In this process, data on school students with a disability in all Australian schools (Government, Independent, and Catholic) is collected on an annual basis. The NCCD on school students with disability provides all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with a clear picture of the number of students with disabilities in the schools, and the adjustments they require to participate in curriculum activities.
The NCCD on school students with a disability involves the collection of the following information at school level:
The number of students receiving adjustments,
- The level of adjustment provided (no adjustment at this time, supplementary, substantial or extensive adjustment),
- Where known, the student’s type of disability.
Once the data has been collected it is de-identified. No personal identification details (name, date of birth) are included. Statistical information is then forwarded to the relevant educational authorities to inform policy development and future planning to better equip schools and education authorities/sectors to support students with disability and additional learning needs.