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Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on school students with disability collects information about students with disability across Australia in a consistent, reliable and systematic way. It counts the number of school students with disability receiving educational adjustments to allow them to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability. NCCD is based on the professional judgement of teachers about their students. The model underpinning the data collection reflects the work of schools in supporting their students in accordance with obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005 (DSE).

Schools will record information annually about:

  • the number of students receiving an adjustment for disability as defined in the DDA and the Disability Standards for Education
  • the level of adjustment each student is receiving both within the classroom and whole school contexts
  • the broad category of disability of each student the student best falls within that informs the need for the adjustment provided to the student

In determining which students are included in the data collection, schools draw on a range of evidence including, but not limited to: observation, teacher judgements, medical reports, individual learning plans, assessments, discussions with parents and carers and, if appropriate, the student, as part of the process for determining and providing reasonable adjustments.

  • The data collection is a collaborative process involving teachers, principals and other school staff. School principals are responsible for verifying or confirming that there is documented evidence at the school to support the inclusion of a student in the national data collection.

To assist schools with the national data collection support materials have been posted to principals. This package includes information about the process of collecting and submitting the data as well as the moderation resource.

NCCD Workshops and Network Meetings have been scheduled throughout terms 1 and 2 and offered across NSW for all NSW independent schools. These workshops and meetings will be delivered and facilitated by AISNSW Education Consultants.

The dates and locations of the Workshops and the Network Meetings are here

The overview document below provides links and key information as well as a timeline which identifies fundamental steps to undertake during each term.

The moderation resource has been developed to assist schools in undertaking within-school moderation to support them in making consistent and reliable decisions about students’ level of adjustment and category of disability.

The moderation resource should be used in conjunction with the current NCCD Guidelines.


Further information about the NCCD can be found at the following links:

  • The 2018 NCCD Guidelines are available on the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s website.

  • The  2018 Quick Guide

  • The updated NCCD professional learning website is also available to support schools in understanding and implementing the national data collection on students with disability. 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.

  • A Notice for Schools and School Principals has been developed to provide information for principals, teachers and other school staff participating in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability in 2018. This notice provides background information, key activity dates and how to prepare for the data collection.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) including PSP

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out across NSW from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018. The NDIS is jointly funded by the state and Commonwealth governments and is replacing the existing state based system of specialist disability supports. Under the NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be responsible for funding post school supports in individual support packages for eligible participants.

The NDIS will replace the state system. The NDIS is a new way of working that provides people with disability with choice and control over their lives and the supports they receive. The NDIS will roll out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.

Under the NDIS, eligible people with disability will have an opportunity to make their own decisions about what supports they need and who provides them.

The roll out of the NDIS means that instead of specific programs being run, eligible people with disability, through their plan will be able to access the reasonable and necessary supports they need in their lives. This means that many of the types of supports and activities that are available from Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC) will be available under the NDIS.

If a young person is already receiving disability support from the NSW Government (ADHC) then those current support arrangements will continue until the person can apply to access support under the NDIS. At that point, staff from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will meet with the person to discuss their ongoing support needs and how these can be met through the NDIS.

A NDIS Fact Sheet for Independent Schools is available in the Resources section for AISNSW member schools.