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released: 2 Mar 2009 author: AIHW

This report examines the feasibility of implementing the Children's Services National Minimum Data Set (CSNMDS) - a nationally agreed set of administrative data items that aims to provide answers to some of the key policy questions in relation to child care and preschool services in Australia. It found that to date, most states and territories have not incorporated the CSNMDS data items into their collections, due largely to cost and feasibility issues. The Australian Government Census of Child Care Services incorporated a significant proportion of the CSNMDS data items in its 2006 revision. However this census is not an ongoing collection. The objective of establishing a collection that is comprehensive and national in coverage remains to be achieved.

ISBN 978 1 74024 903 4; Cat. no. CFS 7; 0pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations and acronyms
    • Preface
      • Executive summary
        • Consultations with the states and territories
        • Data mapping exercise
        • Consultation with Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
        • Conclusion and the way forward
      • Key findings
        • Face-to-face consultation with the state and territories
        • Data mapping
        • Degree of alignment to the CSNMDS
        • Non-financial data in the Report on Government Services
        • Consultation with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
          • The way forward
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Background
      • Development of the Children's Services National Minimum Data Set
      • Implementation of the CSNMDS
      • Report structure
    2. Report on state and territory consultation prepared by Shina Consulting
      • The project's objectives
      • Overview of the consultation meetings
      • Provision of data manuals and documentation about data collections
      • Feasibility of integration of CSNMDS
      • Integration of departmental data systems
      • Policy planning and program delivery needs
      • Inefficiencies and duplication within systems
      • Other barriers to CSNMDS implementation
      • Conclusion
      • Consultations
      • CSNMDS implementation project
      • New South Wales
      • Victoria
      • Queensland
      • Western Australia
      • South Australia
      • Tasmania
      • Australian Capital Territory
      • Northern Territory
    3. The data mapping exercise
      • Data sources
        • Data sources that are largely common across jurisdictions
        • Where the jurisdictions differ
        • Alignment of state and territory collections to the CSNMDS
        • Non-financial data in the Report on Government Services
        • The National Preschool Census (previously known as the National Indigenous Preschool Census)
      • New South Wales
        • Overview
        • Key features of New South Wales's children's services data collections
        • Data coverage
        • Conceptual, question wording and/or scope differences
      • Victoria
        • Overview
        • Key features of Victoria's children's services data collection
        • Data coverage
        • Conceptual, question wording and/or scope differences
      • Queensland
        • Overview
        • Key features of the Queensland children's services census
        • Data coverage
        • Conceptual, question wording and/or scope differences
        • Additional information provided by DoC
      • Western Australia
        • Overview
        • Key features of Western Australia's children's services data collections
      • South Australia
        • Overview
        • Key features of South Australia's children's services data collections
        • Data coverage
        • Conceptual, question wording and/or scope differences
        • Preschool enrolment form
      • Tasmania
        • Overview
        • Key features of Tasmania's children's services data collections
        • Data coverage
        • Conceptual, question wording and/ or scope differences
        • Kindergarten enrolment form
      • Australian Capital Territory
        • Overview
        • Key features of ACT's children's services data collections
      • Northern Territory
        • Overview
        • Key features of the Northern Territory's children's services data collections
        • Data coverage
        • Conceptual, question wording and/ or scope differences
      • Report on Government Services (ROGS)
        • Summary
        • Key features of the ROGS children's services non-financial data collection
        • Data coverage
      • The National Preschool Census (formerly known as the National Indigenous Preschool Census)
        • Data coverage
        • Alignment to the CSNMDS
    4. Consultation with Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
      • Overview
      • Meetings with Australian Government departments
      • What is the Child Care Management System?
      • Incorporation of the CSNMDS data items into the Australian Government's child care data collections
      • Data reporting capability of the CCMS
      • Longer term direction of the CCMS
    5. Conclusion and the way forward
      • AIHW's suggestions on the path forward
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Sectors and nomenclature
      • Appendix 2: Roles and responsibilities in children's services
      • Appendix 3: Key stages in the development of the CSNMDS
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2009. Implementation of the Children's Services National Minimum Data Set: a feasibility study. Cat. no. CFS 7. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468217>.