The Department of Education is committed to supporting all schools to undertake the required Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) to ensure all students with disability are participating and engaged in learning and able to pursue life opportunities.
About the NCCD
All Australian schools are required to participate annually in the NCCD.
The national data collection reflects and supports the ongoing work of schools. The NCCD draws on teachers’ professional judgement and practices throughout the year supporting students with disability to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students.
Under the NCCD model, teachers and school staff use their professional, informed judgement, based on evidence, to determine the level of adjustments students with disability receive, in both the classroom and whole school context, as well as the broad category of disability that relates to the adjustments.
The model for the NCCD is based on mandatory obligations to students under the national Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and Disability Standards for Education 2005. Understanding these legal obligations and the NCCD model is essential knowledge for principals and teachers.
What’s new in 2018
From 1 January 2018, the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on schools students with disability (NCCD) will be used by the Australian Government to calculate the students with disability loading in recurrent funding for schools provided by the Commonwealth to states and territories. Therefore, the quality and reliability of information gathered under the NCCD is critical.
School principals are responsible for verifying the accuracy of their school’s NCCD data and validating that there is evidence at the school to support the inclusion of a student in the NCCD. This is a key responsibility given that the NCCD data will be used to inform funding provided by the Australian Government to Tasmania and may be the subject of audits or compliance activities.
The NCCD collection happens annually and is due for completion in August each year.
Teachers use their professional judgement to determine:
- which of their students are being provided with a reasonable adjustment because of disability, as defined in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005
- the level of adjustment that students with disability are being provided with, in both classroom and whole of school contexts
- the broad category of disability under which each student best fits.
The four levels of adjustments provided to students are:
- Support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice
- Supplementary adjustments
- Substantial adjustments
- Extensive adjustments
Evidence is required at the school to demonstrate that a student has been provided with an educational adjustment for a period of ten weeks or longer to meet specific needs associated with the disability and that the students’ parents or carers have been consulted in relation to the nature of the educational adjustment.
Schools must complete this information in the Student Support System (SSS) in August every year, which must be approved by the school principal.
Each year in August, principals will verify data about students in their school receiving adjustments because of disability, based on evidences in the school.
Email communications will be sent to each school principal prior to the data collection period to remind them of the process and timeframes for recording the NCCD.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- If students are transitioning from Year 6 to Year 7 which school undertakes the NCCD work? The Year 6 school collects the data.
- If students are transitioning from Year 10 to Year 11 which school undertakes the NCCD work? The Year 10 school collects the data.
- Who undertakes the process if the student is enrolled in two different schools? Only the school where the student spends the most days each week.
- Does the collection include Kindergarten students? No. Only students in Prep to Year 12.
Further information is available at Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).
For further information or advice in relation to the NCCD, contact Disability Services, via email at: Disabilityprograms@education.tas.gov.au