The NCCD is an annual collection of information about Australian school students with disability. The NCCD enables schools, education authorities and governments to better understand the needs of students with disability and how they can be best supported at school. The NCCD is currently being collected for 2021.

Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘support’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The definition of disability for the NCCD is based on the broad definition under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. A wide range of health and learning conditions meet the legal definition of ‘disability’.

Students with learning difficulties and students with chronic health conditions are just a few examples of those who may be included in the NCCD if they need monitoring and adjustments.

Schools and teachers make adjustments and provide support for a range of students all the time. Some adjustments assist all students to learn, whether they have a disability or not and others are only applied to individual students.

Adjustments for individual students vary according to their individual needs and may include:

  • providing visual supports
  • modifying tasks or assessments
  • providing movement breaks
  • small group support with explicit teaching or practise of learnt skills
  • individual support with an SSO for skill building
  • Speech programs
  • specialised professional learning for the teacher

Further information can be found on the parent fact sheet.

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