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The Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) is a national collection that has:

  • a set of nationally significant data items or pieces of information that are collected in all Australian jurisdictions.
  • an agreed method of collection and transmission.

The purpose of the DS NMDS collection is to facilitate the annual collation of nationally comparable data about disability support services provided under the National Disability Agreement (NDA), and to obtain reliable, consistent data with minimal load on the disability services field. Under the NDA, the Disability Administrators in all Australian jurisdictions are responsible for ensuring 'that DS NMDS information will be comparable across all jurisdictions and years'. The DS NMDS collection materials for the current (2016–17) collection are below.

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