Disability Services NMDS 2012-14
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
The Disability Services Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) and is a national collection that has:
The purpose of the DS NMDS collection is to facilitate the annual collation of nationally comparable data about National Disability Agreement (NDA)-funded disability services, and to obtain reliable, consistent data with minimal load on the disability services field. Under the NDA, the Disability Administrators in all Australian jurisdictions are responsible for ensuring 'that DS NMDS information will be comparable across all jurisdictions and years'.
Services within the scope of the collection are those for which funding has been provided, during the specified period, by a government organisation operating under the NDA. Therefore, if a service type outlet did not receive NDA funding for the reporting year (i.e. its NDA funding dollars for the financial year are zero), then details of this outlet should not be included in the data collection.
A funded agency may receive funding from multiple sources. Where a funded agency is unable to differentiate service users and/or staff according to funding source (i.e. NDA or other), they are asked to provide details of all service users and staff (for each service type).
Most agencies funded under the NDA are asked to provide information about:
The level of information a funded agency is asked to provide varies according to the particular service type (i.e. for each service type outlet).
Where services are provided to groups or families (e.g. 2.02, 2.04, or 2.05), details are only requested about the service user who is eligible for services, not their family or other group members. If a family member/carer receives respite services, limited information about the carer is required, such as the carer’s relationship to the service user and the carer’s age group.
Table 1: Information requested according to DS NMDS service type
The data collection is based around the concept of a 'service type outlet', each of which provides only one service type from a discrete location. A funded agency may be funded to provide one or more service types through one or more service type outlets. For example, an agency may be provided under the NDA to provide residential accommodation and respite services from one location or funded to provide group homes in three separate locations. A separate service type outlet form is completed for each service type the agency is funded to provide. If a service user receives more than one service type in the reporting period, a separate service user form is completed for each service type received.
Data are collected, usually by agencies, for each service type outlet they operate. These data are turned into estimated counts of service users by using a statistical linkage key.
For the DS NMDS, the reporting period is the financial year e.g. 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
NDA-funded agencies are asked to record key information about service users on an ongoing basis, so that they can transmit the required information to their jurisdiction. Most jurisdictions require information to be transmitted at the end of each financial year quarter. Some only require information to be transmitted at the end of a financial year. At the end of the financial year, each jurisdiction is required to provide collated data to the AIHW.
For most jurisdictions, the annual reference week is the 7-day week preceding the end of the financial year (i.e. 24 June to 30 June).
For Victoria, the annual reference week is the 7-day week preceding the end of May (i.e. 25 May to 31 May).
For Western Australia, the annual reference week is the 7-day week beginning 21 May (i.e. 21 May to 27 May).
DS NMDS collections conducted in each jurisdiction must comply with Commonwealth privacy legislation, relevant state and territory privacy legislation, and established privacy and data principles.
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