From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
School Students with Disability (NCCD)
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is an annual count of the number of students with disability receiving educational adjustments to allow them to participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.
The Data Collection Model uses a broad definition of disability, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, which includes a range of health and learning conditions for which schools are required to provide reasonable adjustments to support students. The collection is not limited to students with diagnosed disabilities or students who receive targeted supplementary funding.
An understanding of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 are essential to understanding the collection model methodology. The collection relies on the professional judgements of teachers about their students, and requires them to make evidence-based decisions about adjustments, consistent with obligations under the Standards. The collection draws on the work already undertaken in your school to support students with disability.
This website will help you implement the NCCD. The site allows you to work through the material in one session or over a number of sessions. Links to training and other resources can be found in the Resources section.
What's new in 2016
- No 'Collection Notice' is required this year and no consent is required to be sought from parents/guardians/carers of students whose data is included in the collection.
The reason for this is that the Australian Education Regulation 2013 was amended on 11 December 2014 to authorise the "collection of certain information by the national collection agency (currently the Australian Government Department of Education and Training), from approved authorities, for the purposes of the national data collection", see subsection 52(3A) and section 58A of the Regulation.
This means that the data required for this collection must now be collected by schools and reported to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training via DET.
School staff do not need to discuss the NCCD with parents/guardians/carers of students whose data is included in the collection. However, school staff should still be consulting with parents/guardians/carers of students whose data is included in the collection about any adjustments proposed and being made.
Purpose and Benefits of the NCCD
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability collects information about students with disability across Australia in a consistent, reliable and systematic way. This collection strengthens existing approaches to supporting students with disability and draws on evidence of the ongoing work of teachers and education staff throughout the year to provide personalised learning and support for students with disability.
The national data collection will assist schools to:
- gain a greater understanding of their student population and how students can be best supported
- formally and consistently recognise the support and adjustments provided to students with disability
- develop the professional judgement of school teams in making educational adjustments for students with disability rather than relying on a medical or clinical diagnosis alone
- review their learning and support systems and continually improve educational outcomes for students with disability.