Disability Services NMDS 2017–18
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
The Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) is an annual collation of nationally comparable data about disability support services provided under the National Disability Agreement (NDA). 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. If funding was not received for the provision of NDA services during the reporting year (i.e. its NDA funding dollars for the financial year are zero), then details should not be included in the data collection.
Funded agencies that deliver NDA services collect data against each service type outlet they are funded for. Most funded agencies are asked to provide detailed information, over a specified reporting period, about:
However, the level of information a funded agency is asked to provide varies according to the particular service type classification (see Table 1 for more information).
Table 1: Information requested according to DS NMDS service type
(a) Refer to the DS NMDS data guide for additional information.
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.
Where services are provided to groups or families (for example, service types 2.02, 2.04, or 2.05), details are only requested about the service users who are eligible for services, not their family or other group members.
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.
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 the financial year. At the end of the financial year, each jurisdiction is required to provide collated data to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Some date elements are only collected during the reference week. 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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