Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Since 2015, all Australian schools have been required to participate in the annual collection of nationally consistent data on school students with disability.

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability provides Australian schools, parents, education authorities and the community with information about the number of students with disability in schools, where they are located and the adjustments they receive.

The national data collection on students with disability reinforces the existing obligations that schools have towards students under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

The national data collection counts the number of students who are supported under these obligations based on the professional judgement of teachers and their understanding and knowledge of their students.

Each year in August, principals will verify data about students in their school receiving adjustments because of disability, based on evidences in the school.



Advice and assistance

A Help desk for the national data collection located in the state office is available to schools. For support, contact:

For Additional support materials for schools, see:

Verifying and recording data in CASES21

What to do:

  • the Department requires the principal to verify that the process undertaken and student information collected is accurate 

  • nominated school staff member enters verified data for each identified student in CASES21 following the instructions in the CASES21 Administration User Guide: Chapter 7, pages 25-29: CASES21 Administration Guide

  • When all data has been entered in CASES21, Schools are encouraged to run the following reports for referencing next year:

    • Students with Disability – Disability Summary [ST21428]

    • Students with Disability – Student Summary [ST21429]

In 2017, the final date for submitting data is 4 August via the CASES21 system (data can be recorded prior to this time). 

Four pieces of data need to be entered from drop down menus in the CASES21 record for each student included in the NCCD:

  • Step 1: Is the student provided with a reasonable adjustment to address a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992?

  • Step 2: What level of adjustment is provided to the student?

  • Step 3: What is the broad category of disability?

  • Step 4: Has the school principal verified this data? This will need to be completed each year as this field will revert to 'N' following the annual CASES21 End of Year Process run.

The format screen below will be displayed:


Following reporting of your data, DET extracts your data and forwards it to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. All states and territories provide a list of schools, with their Australian Government Education IDs (AGE ID) and the numbers of primary and secondary student enrolments, number of students with disability by school, student level of education, category of disability and level of adjustment, to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

No personal identifying details of students are collected.

Essential information for people involved in the collection of data
Professional learning

Sound knowledge and understanding of the DDA and Disability Standards for Education will assist schools in meeting mandatory obligations to students and their parents and carers and implementing the national data collection. For more information, see:

Training Website and Manual

A training website, developed by Educational Services Australia, supports implementation of the national data collection through information about the national data collection model including levels of adjustment and evidence requirements. A series of case studies, illustrations of practice and a new PowerPoint presentation is also available on this site. For more information, see:

Senior policy and program staff from every state, territory and sector have worked collaboratively on this website. The Department has also provided a Manual with content taken from the training website. See: Manual (docx - 3.53mb).