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Disability data cubes are available for subsets of data from the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) collection. Prior to January 2009 this dataset was known as the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set (CSTDA NMDS).

The publications associated with these cubes may also be downloaded in full. Additional disaggregation of data may be requested via a customised data request. The length of time it takes to complete a request depends on a number of factors and a charge may apply to recover costs.

The cubes

What is a cube?

A data cube is a multidimensional representation of data which provides fast retrieval and drill down facilities.

What cubes are available?

Note: Cubes open in new window.

Revision of data cubes

As part of the DS NMDS collection process, from 2007–08 jurisdictions can revise their data for the previous year at the time of submitting the current year. For example, for the 2012–13 reporting cycle, revised 2011–12 data could be submitted when supplying the 2012–13 data. Reasons for resubmission include data updates or subsequent discovery of data errors. Prior to September 2014, data in the cubes presented here were based on unrevised data. From September 2014 onwards, the 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2011–12 data cubes are based on revised data. For this reason, data presented here may not match that presented in published reports for those years.

2012-13 DS NMDS service user data 

2011-12 DS NMDS service user data (revised September 2014)

2010-11 DS NMDS service user data (revised September 2014)

2009-10 DS NMDS service user data (revised September 2014)

2008-09 CSTDA NMDS service user data (revised September 2014)

2007-08 CSTDA NMDS service user data (revised September 2014)

2006-07 CSTDA NMDS service user data

2005-06 CSTDA NMDS service user data

2004-05 CSTDA NMDS service user data

2003-04 CSTDA NMDS user data

What data do the cubes contain?

The values (measures) in the data cubes are:

  • All service users of NDA-funded specialist disability services
  • Service users of government provided services
  • Services users of non-government provided services

The data items (dimensions) in the data cubes are:

Data item Explanation
Age Age in years. This is generated from date of birth, which is also used to statistically reduce multiple counting of service users across service types and reporting periods.
Sex Male or female as nominated by the person.
Country of birth The country in which the person was born.
Primary disability

Disabilities are grouped into broad categorisations in terms of the underlying health condition, impairment, activity limitations, participation restrictions and environmental factors.

The primary disability is the disability group that most clearly expresses the experience of disability by a person. The primary disability group can also be considered as the disability group causing the most difficulty to the person (overall difficulty in daily life, not just within the context of the support offered by this service).

Indigenous status Whether or not a person identifies themselves as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
Presence of other disability Disability group(s) (other than that indicated as being 'primary') that also clearly express the experience of disability by a person and/or cause difficulty for the person.
Living arrangements Whether the person lives alone or with other related or unrelated persons.
Need for support or assistance in activities of daily living The need for personal help or supervision in each of the areas of: self care, mobility, communication, interpersonal interactions and relationships, learning, applying knowledge and general tasks and demands, education, community and economic life, domestic life and working.
Residential setting The type of physical accommodation in which the person usually resides ('usually' being 4 or more days per week on average).
Need for interpreter services Requirement for interpreter services as perceived by the person seeking assistance.
Existence of an informal carer Whether someone, such as a family member, friend or neighbour, has been identified as providing regular and sustained care and assistance to the person requiring support.
Labour force status The self-reported status the person currently has in being either in the labour force (employed/unemployed) or not in the labour force.
Individual funding status Whether or not a person is currently receiving individualised funding under the NDA.

How do I use the cubes?

When a data cube is opened default dimensions are shown. To view other dimensions right-click on the dimension you want to replace and select the 'Change' item. For example to replace country of birth with sex right-click on country of birth and select 'Change Country of birth to'. Then select 'Sex' from the list of dimensions.

To add Row totals and Column totals to the cube right-click anywhere on the cube and select Totals. In the Insert section of the dialogue box select 'Row totals' and 'Column totals'.

To hide dimensions right-click on the dimension name and select the Hide menu item.

How do I export data from cubes?

The data can be exported either to Excel or Word. Right click the table area and select 'Export table' from the menu. Choose how many rows you want to export, and whether to export to Excel or Word or save as a tab or comma separated file. Give the file a name and save it in the directory of your choosing.

Privacy issues

Due to the multidimensional nature of the disability cube, extra steps have been taken to ensure the confidentiality of service user data. These are:

  • individual ages cannot be viewed, the lowest level to which age can be drilled is the 5 year age group level (e.g. 45–49 yrs)
  • when viewing service users (consumers) at the 10 year age group level all people aged 60 and over have been grouped together. When viewing service users (consumers) at the 5 year age group level all people aged 65 and over have been grouped together
  • speech, hearing, vision and deafblind disabilities have been grouped together to form a category called 'sensory disability'
  • the variable 'State' has not been included in the cube so that consumers cannot be identified by their location.

The data in the disability cubes are presented as a national picture of services received by people with a disability. To view the data at the jurisdictional level, please view the appropriate disability support services report.

More information

Disability publications include more detailed information about NDA services in Australia.