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Data Collection about Students with a disability

6/09/2013

All Australian governments have agreed to work together on the annual collection of data on school students with disability.

The collection of this data will assist teachers, principals and education authorities support the participation of students with disability in schooling on the same basis as students without disability.

In 2015, the full national collection of data on school students with disability will be required in all Australian schools.

This new national data collection will reinforce the actions required of schools under the national Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

This year, the Department of Education, Training and Employment is phasing in the collection of the data, starting with the collection of data from 10 per cent of Queensland’s state schools.

In this first year of phasing in the collection, Queensland state schools will only be providing aggregate level information, which will not identify any individual student.

In future years, the collection will require individual student information and information will be forwarded to parents at that time to allow them to make an informed choice about whether they want their child’s information to be included or not in the national reporting activity.

Further information and a fact sheet for parents/carers is available from the Department’s website: http://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/disability-data-collection.html.