As schools would be aware there have been a number of representations made to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) and the Minister for Education in relation to the various data collection processes for 2020 in the light of the impacts of COVID-19.
The current status of the different data collections affecting schools is shown below:
Compliance Certificate collection – is unchanged and will start in July and close in September.
Financial Accountability collection – opened on 1 June 2020 and closes on 31 August 2020.
Financial Questionnaire – opened on 1 June 2020 and closes on 31 August 2020.
Non-government Schools Census – (UPDATED) We understand that the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has indicated that the 2020 Census Collection will proceed as scheduled. We have been advised that information in relation to the Census and associated documentation was sent to Approved Authorities.
2020 Student Attendance collection – the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee and Education Council are currently considering the approach to the 2020 Student Attendance collection. The Department has indicated it will provide more information on these collections when available.
In addition to the data collections outlined above the Department has indicated in relation to the Local Schools Community Fund that “in recognition that some schools may have difficulty completing their Local Schools Community Fund projects by 31 December 2020, schools who require additional time can contact the department to discuss an alternative completion date”.
We are continuing to advocate with the Minister in relation to the Non-government Schools Census, and particularly in relation to special assistance and majority indigenous schools.
2020 NCCD Guidelines revised (19 June)
The Department has advised that the NCCD Guidelines have been revised for 2020 to incorporate special provisions due to the impact COVID-19 has had on schools’ operations as follows:
- The evidence of adjustments required has been reduced from a minimum of 10 weeks to a minimum of six weeks, in the 12 months preceding the reference date (refer section C.2.1 of the Guidelines).
- The evidence requirements have been revised for specific cohorts of students with disability (refer the new section C.4.1 of the Guidelines):
- Foundation (Year 1 minus 1) year students;
- new enrolments. This may include:
- students who commenced at the school in 2020;
- students transitioning between levels of education, e.g. primary to secondary school, or moving campuses;
- students with newly diagnosed or newly imputed disability; and
- students attending special assistance schools.
For these cohorts, schools will only be required to collect evidence of assessed student needs, adjustments provided and consultation and collaboration with the student and/or parents, guardians or carers, or associates. Evidence of ongoing monitoring and review of adjustments will not be required.
The special provisions apply to the 2020 NCCD collection only. These changed arrangements are not mandatory. They reflect minimum requirements to ensure all eligible students with disability can be included in the 2020 NCCD. To ensure continuity of best practice, data quality and consistency, schools are encouraged to observe the normal NCCD requirements where they have capacity to do so.
The revised Guidelines will be available shortly at Revised 2020 NCCD Guidelines.