Since 1991, data was collected and reported on disability support services in Australia under four 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.

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

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 1994 to 30 June 2017

Geographical coverage

National and state and territory

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 2016–17

External links and information 

About Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (including data guide)

Latest Disability Services NMDS reports 


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