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Data Collections Non-Government Schools Census

UPDATE: 2019 Post Enumeration

The Department wishes to advise approved authorities were advised on 3 April 2020 of the decision to pause the 2019 Census Post Enumeration (PE), effective Monday 6 April 2020 until further notice. The 2019 PE exercise is now being finalised and has concluded for most schools. There remain a small number of schools the department has an interest in engaging with further. For the most part, this is to follow-up on matters raised in reports where the 2019 PE visit has already occurred but may also include a PE visit for a limited number of schools in September 2020. Relevant approved authorities will be contacted separately and provided with information on PE visits that may be required later in the year.

UPDATE: Non-government Schools Census

The Department wishes to advise the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee and Education Council are currently considering the approach to the 2020 Non-government schools Census, including the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability collection.  We will provide more information on these collections when available.

The Non-Government Schools Census (Census) provides the community and government with information about schools and students in Australia. The annual Census collects information including:

  • the numbers of students and staff per school
  • students on a visa
  • students with disability
  • Indigenous Australian students.

Census informs part of the My School website, giving parents and the community information about the needs of each school’s students. Government uses census data to calculate funding and create informed and tailored policies for Australian schools.

Census reporting is required under the Australian Education Act 2013. Non-government schools provide Census data in August each year.

For more information about the Census, visit http://ssphelp.education.gov.au/census

The Census provides the Australian Government, parents, and the community with information about schools and students in Australia. The annual Census collects information about:

  • the numbers of students and staff
  • students on a visa
  • students with disability
  • Indigenous Australian students.

The My School website uses Census information for parents and the community to learn more about Australian schools. The Government uses the Census to calculate recurrent funding and create informed and tailored policies.

Non-government organisations that receive funding for a school (approved authorities) are required to complete the Census under the Australian Education Act 2013 (the Act).

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) provides the community and government with information about Australian school students who are receiving adjustments due to disability. Adjustments help a student with disability take part in education on the same basis as other students.

A school’s Approved Authority must provide information for each student with disability at the school. This includes:

  • the student’s level of adjustment
  • the student’s broad category of disability
  • the student’s year of schooling
  • for a part-time student, the fraction of the full-time study load that the student is undertaking.

Funding from the Australian Government for students with disability is based on the NCCD. NCCD data is also used to inform improvements to students with disability programs. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) annually publishes high-level, de-identified NCCD data. 

NCCD reporting is required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013. Non-government schools provide NCCD data in August each year.

For more information about the NCCD, visit www.nccd.edu.au.