The 2013 dataset was created by linking data from the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS), and the National Assessment Program–Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).  

The dataset includes data on participation in, and results from, NAPLAN assessment, along with demographic characteristics, and statutory child protection-related characteristics (including living arrangements and care and protection orders).

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 14 May 2013 to 16 May 2013

Geographical coverage

  • NSW
  • VIC
  • WA
  • TAS
  • ACT
  • NT

Data availability

  • Publications;
  • 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

The dataset includes children who:

  • Participated in 2013 NAPLAN testing for Year 3, 5, 7 or 9 (including those recorded as exempt, absent or withdrawn), and
  • Were ‘in care’ at the time of testing (14–16 May 2013). ‘In care’ is defined as children aged 0–17 years whose care arrangements have been ordered through the Children’s Court, where parental responsibility for the child or young person has been transferred to the Minister/Chief Executive. This definition was selected to align with the agreed scope for the National Standards for Out-of-Home Care.
  • Had data that was able to be linked across the CP NMDS and NAPLAN datasets


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement (DQS)

Linked child protection and NAPLAN dataset Data Quality Statement

External links and information 

Educational outcomes for children in care: linking 2013 child protection and NAPLAN data


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