Since 1991, the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) was collected and reported on disability support services in Australia have been provided under 4 national disability agreements.

The Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement Minimum Data Set (CSDA MDS) collection was set up as a 'snapshot' data collection in 1994, following the signing of the first CSDA in 1991.

The second CSDA, signed in 1998, reflected significant changes which meant the CSDA MDS collection needed to be redesigned, including changing the collection to be a full year data collection.

In 2002-03, the redeveloped CSDA MDS became the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set (CSTDA NMDS), and the first full financial year of data collection took place between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004.

The National Disability Agreement (NDA) replaced the CSTDA on 1 January 2009. As a result of the implementation of the NDA, from 2009-10 the CSTDA NMDS was renamed the DS NMDS.

From 1 July 2013, state and territory-based disability support services provided under the NDA were progressively transitioned over to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). This has meant that 2018–19 was the last year for which DS NMDS was data collected and reported.

Collection details
Classification/dimension variables
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Indigenous
  • SLK

Temporal coverage 

from 1/7/1994 to 30/6/2019

Geographical coverage

National and State

Data availability

  • Publications
  • Data cubes
  • Summary tables published in electronic form
  • Statistics

Client specified tables on request which may be subject to data provider approval (charges apply).

Restricted unit record access subject to Ethics Committee approval and/or the agreement of all relevant data custodians in all states and territories (charges may apply).

Data scope 

Covers specialist disability support services provided under the National Disability Agreement.


Admin data


Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Disability Services NMDS DQS 2018-19

External links and information 

Data guide available at: About Disability Services National Minimum Data Set

Latest reports available at: Disability - Reports


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