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Disability Services NMDS 2018–19

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term698074
Registration status:Help on this termDisability, Standard 05/07/2019
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
Scope:Help on this term

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 is comparable across all jurisdictions and years.

Services within the scope of the collection are those for which funding has been provided during the reporting period by a government organisation operating under the NDA. If funding was not received for the provision of NDA services during the financial year (i.e. its NDA funding dollars for the reporting period 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:

  • each of the service type outlets they are funded for
  • each service user who received support
  • the service type(s) each service user received.

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

Service type classification

Service type outlet—details required(a)

Service user—details required(a)

Services received by each service user in the reporting period—details required(a)

Accommodation support

 

 

 

1.01 Large residential/institution (>20 people)—24 hour care

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

1.02 Small residential/institution (7–20 people)—24 hour care

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

1.03 Hostels—generally not 24 hour care

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

1.04 Group homes (< 7 people)

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

1.05 Attendant care/personal care

All

All

All

1.06 In-home accommodation support

All

All

All

1.07 Alternative family placement

All

All

All

1.08 Other accommodation support

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

Community support

 

 

 

2.01 Therapy support for individuals

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–f on the collection form)

2.02 Early childhood intervention

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

2.03 Behaviour/specialist intervention

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

2.04 Counselling (individual/family/group)

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

2.05 Regional resource and support teams

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

2.06 Case management, local coordination and development

All

All

All

2.07 Other community support

All

All

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

Community access

 

 

 

3.01 Learning and life skills development

All

All

All

3.02 Recreation/holiday programs

All

Statistical Linkage Key data elements only (items 2a–2e on the collection form)

Service episode—episode start date, DDMMYYYY and Service event—last service provision date, DDMMYYYY (items 17a–17b on the collection form)

3.03 Other community access

All

All

All

Respite

 

 

 

4.01 Own home respite

All

All

All

4.02 Centre-based respite/respite homes

All

All

All

4.03 Host family respite/peer support respite

All

All

All

4.04 Flexible respite

All

All

All

4.05 Other respite

All

All

All

Employment

 

 

 

5.01 Open employment

All

All—except for Informal carer—primary carer indicator, code N, Informal carer—co-residency indicator, code N, and Informal carer—age range, NDA code N (items 12b, 12c and 12e on the collection form)

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

5.02 Supported employment

All

All—except for Informal carer—primary carer indicator, code N, Informal carer—co-residency indicator, code N, and Informal carer—age range, NDA code N (items 12b, 12c and 12e on the collection form)

All—except for Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNN (items 17e–17f on the collection form)

Advocacy, information and alternative forms of communication

 

 

 

6.01 Advocacy

All

None

None

6.02 Information/referral

All

None

None

6.03 Combined information/advocacy

All

None

None

6.04 Mutual support/self-help groups

All

None

None

6.05 Alternative formats of communication

All

None

None

Other support

 

 

 

7.01 Research and evaluation

All—except Service type outlet—number of clients, total people N[NNNN] (item 7 on the collection form)

None

None

7.02 Training and development

All—except Service type outlet—number of clients, total people N[NNNN] (item 7 on the collection form)

None

None

7.03 Peak bodies

All—except Service type outlet—number of clients, total people N[NNNN] (item 7 on the collection form)

None

None

7.04 Other support services

All—except Service type outlet—number of clients, total people N[NNNN] (item 7 on the collection form)

None

None

(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.

Collection and usage attributes

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Service user, service type outlet, funded agency.

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.

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Reporting period—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.

Reference week—some data 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).

Privacy—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.

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2018
Implementation end date:Help on this term30/06/2019
Comments:Help on this term

Glossary terms that are relevant to this data set specification include:

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National Disability Data Network (NDDN)

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Disability Research and Data Working Group (RDWG)

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016. Disability Services National Minimum Data Set: data guide, July 2016. Cat. no. DAT 4. Canberra: AIHW.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Disability Services NMDS 2017–18 Disability, Superseded 05/07/2019

Metadata items in this Data Set SpecificationHelp on this term

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-Activity and participation need for assistance clusterMandatory1
-Agency sector clusterMandatory1
-Funding jurisdiction clusterMandatory1
-Statistical linkage key 581 clusterMandatory1
-Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNNMandatory2
-Client—amount of assistance, total hours NNNMandatory2
-Informal carer—age range, NDA code NConditional1
-Informal carer—co-residency indicator, code NConditional1
-Informal carer—primary carer indicator, code NConditional1
-Informal carer—relationship to care recipient, interpersonal code N[N]Conditional1
-Parent/guardian—receipt of Carer Allowance (Child) indicator, yes/no/unknown/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
-Person—co-existing disability group, code N(N)Conditional12
-Person—communication method, code NMandatory1
-Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNNMandatory1
-Person—effective communication indicator, code NMandatory1
-Person—funding indicator, yes/no/unknown/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—informal carer existence indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
-Person—interpreter service required indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code NMandatory1
-Person—labour force status, code NMandatory1
-Person—living arrangement, code NMandatory1
-Person—main source of income, NDA code NMandatory1
-Person—primary disability group, code N[N]Mandatory1
-Person—residential setting, accommodation type (NDA) code N[N]Mandatory1
-Person—type of interpreter service required, spoken language/non-spoken communication code NConditional1
-Record—National Disability Agreement service user identifier, NNNNN[NNN]Mandatory1
-Service episode—episode end date, DDMMYYYYConditional1
-Service episode—episode start date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Service episode—service cessation reason, NDA code N[N]Conditional1
-Service event—last service provision date, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—organisation identifier, X[X(7)]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—full financial year funding indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Service type outlet—funding allocated, total Australian currency N[N(8)]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—geographic location, code (ASGC 2011) NNNNNOptional1
-Service type outlet—number of clients, total people N[NNNN]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—number of service operation days, total N[N]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—number of service operation hours, total N[N]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—number of service operation weeks, total N[N]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—outlet identifier, XX[X(26)]Mandatory1
-Service type outlet—paid staff hours worked, total hours NNNNNMandatory2
-Service type outlet—service activity type, NDA service type code N.NNMandatory1
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