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.

Since 1 January 2018, the NCCD has been used to calculate the student with disability loading in recurrent funding for schools provided by the Australian Government. This loading is based on the level of adjustment being provided to the student.

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 to allow them to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability
  • 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.

Consent and Notification

Consent is not required for a student’s information to be collected for the purposes of the NCCD. This is because the collection is required and authorised by law (the Australian Education Act 2013 and Australian Education Regulation 2013).

Schools must notify students and parents/guardians/carers about the data collection under the NCCD. This notification ensures that those participating in the NCCD are made fully aware of the data collection. To assist schools with this communication, the 2020 Information Notice is available on the Australian Government Department of Education website.

In particular, the notice provides information on its purpose, legislative basis, to whom NCCD data will be disclosed, and assurance activities that may be conducted by the department in relation to the NCCD data. This notification is consistent with Australian Privacy Principle 5 —notification of the collection of personal information of the Privacy Act 1988

Fact sheets and other resources for parents, guardians and carers areavailable on the NCCD Portal


The NCCD Portal includes case studies, podcasts, interactives and guidance to help you to complete the NCCD. Key documents include:

  • 2020 Guidelines: Published annually and provide comprehensive information about the NCCD Process
  • NCCD Quick Guide: An abbreviated version of the NCCD guidelines. It provides the essential information you need about the NCCD.
  • Moderation Resource for Schools: 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.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Advice and Assistance

Education Consultants in the Student Services team are available to provide advice and school-based assistance to NSW independent schools. Please contact: 9299 2845 and ask to speak to a member of the team.

2020 Key Dates

  • 07 AUGUST: Reference date for the 2020 NCCD.

  • 14 AUGUST: Non-government schools provide information to Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Professional Learning

NCCD Workshops and Network Meetings have been scheduled throughout the year 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 available through the links below:

NCCD Resources

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