Nationally Consistent Data Collection

July 15, 2015

Some of you will remember that for the last two years the school has been involved in the Nationally Consistent Data Collection for students with a disability. This was a pilot program in 2013 that all schools in Victoria and most schools across Australia have participated in last year and again this year.

This Data Collection is taking place in government, Catholic and Independent schools across Australia, and will provide valuable information about supports required for a broad group of students. This will enable Australian and State governments to better target support and resources in schools. This in turn will help schools give students with disability the support they need.

The Data Collection is not limited to students with diagnosed disabilities. It uses a very broad definition of disability, taken from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, which describe a broad range of health and learning conditions for which schools are required to provide ‘reasonable adjustments’ to support students to participate on the same basis as other students.

The Data Collection will take place during the next few weeks. No personal or identifying information about any student will be included; however, if you decide you do not wish information about your child to be included in the Data Collection, you can opt-out by signing and returning the opt-out consent form. More information about the Data Collection is available on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website at:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/parents/needs/Pages/nccd.aspx