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Data Collections Non-Government Schools Census

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 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.


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