Since 2015, all government and non-government schools in Australia are required to participate annually in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. Schools are required to ensure all students are entitled to a quality learning experience and education to help them reach their full potential.

A nationally consistent approach to collecting data on students with disability will give governments, schools and education authorities information about how many students with disability are enrolled in Australian schools, where they are located and the level of adjustments provided for them to participate in schooling on the same basis as other students.

This data provides a clearer picture of the needs of students with a disability, and gives more support to schools so that they can better understand and implement their core responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

A number of resources have been developed to help parents and carers understand the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with a Disability and how it may affect your child – these include fact sheets, frequently asked questions and a privacy notice.

If you would like more information regarding the collection of data for students with a disability, you can either visit the Department of Education; http://education.gov.au/fact-sheets-nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability

or access the Parent / Carer Fact Sheet from the school website; http://www.stpeters.sa.edu.au/academic/senior/support

Carmen Bester
Coordinator of Students with Diverse Learning Needs