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The Children's Services Data Working Group (CSDWG) was set up in 1998 to improve national children's services data. It is a subgroup of the National Community Services Information Management Group (NCSIMG).

The main role of the Children's Services Data Working Group (CSDWG) is to develop and implement a National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) that would provide the first complete picture of children participating in childcare and preschool in Australia .

Terms of reference and business rules

  • To contribute to the development of the relevant data definitions and standards for the National Community Services Data Committee.  
  • To define the scope of and develop a minimum data set for children's services, reflecting the priorities of the NCSIMG.  
  • To provide a forum to identify and promote opportunities for co-operation between the Commonwealth and states/territories in the development and streamlining of children's services data collections.  


Mr Richard Matthews


The CSDWG is composed of representatives from each of the state and territory departments responsible for children's services and education, the Australian Government departments of Family and Community Services, and Education, Science and Training, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Productivity Commission and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Contact details

Contact the secretariat for more information.

Phone: 02 6244 1126
Fax: 02 6244 1199
Postal Address: Executive Unit
GPO Box 570
Canberra ACT 2601