Service providers that are funded under the National Disability Agreement are required under their funding arrangements to record key information about their service users on an ongoing basis.
Service providers need to provide the data they collect to the department, on a quarterly basis. The department will transmit the information to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) annually.
Reporting dates for 2012-13
September quarter (Quarter 1)
- Reporting period - 1 July to 30 September 2012
- Reference week - 24 to 30 September 2012
Please submit data by 15 October 2012
December quarter (Quarter 2)
- Reporting period - 1 October to 31 December 2012
- Reference week - 25 to 31 December 2013
Please submit data by 15 January 2013
March quarter (Quarter 3)
- Reporting period - 1 January to 31 March 2013
- Reference week - 24 to 31 March 2013
Please submit data by 15 April 2013
June quarter (Quarter 4)
- Reporting period - 1 April to 30 June 2013
- Reference week - 24 to 30 June 2013
Please submit data by 15 July 2013
Funded providers are encouraged to submit their data before the closing date.
As part of their funding obligations, all service providers in Queensland that receive funding under the NDA must provide certain information to the department on a regular basis.
There are four methods that an agency can choose from to collect and lodge their data:
ODC is the preferred method of recording data. The website is https://odc.disability.qld.gov.au.
Advantages of ODC
- immediate transmission of data
- software is free
- easy to learn
- technical support and training
- quick on-line reporting
- provision of a secure central store for your data including all historical data
- ODC is constantly updated by Data Services to reflect changes in the DS NMDS
To use ODC you need a user name and password which can be obtained from your Regional data Support Officer (RdSO).
Other ODC-related documentation is available from the online data collection section of the resources page.
2. Commercial software
*The Data Services Team does NOT provide technical support for commercial software.
Some service providers choose to use commercially purchased systems. These systems generally allow the service provider to do more than just collect DS NMDS data. If you are purchasing a commercially available product it is your responsibility to check that it is DS NMDS compliant by reviewing the DS (formerly CSTDA) NMDS Data Transmission and Technical Guide specifications and the DS (formerly CSTDA) NMDS Data Guide available from the resources page.
3. In-house systems
*The Data Services Team does NOT provide technical support for in-house systems.
Some service providers have their own systems that have been modified to comply with DS NMDS requirements. If you are looking to develop your in-house system to use for the collection and lodgement of data it is your responsibility to check that it is DS NMDS compliant by reviewing the DS NMDS Data Transmission and Technical Guide specifications and the DS NMDS Data Guide available from the resources page.
4. Paper forms
Paper forms are available for service providers who do not have reliable internet access. Using our website is the preferred method of reporting due to possible postal delays. Paper forms (Service Type Outlet form and Service User form ) are available on our website or by contacting your RdSO.
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DS NMDS Team
Evidence, Reporting and Performance
Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
GPO Box 806
Brisbane QLD 4001
It is important that service users are made aware that the data provided to the department and the AIHW will not be used to affect individual entitlements.
For further information refer to the DS NMDS Data Guide available from the resources page.