What is the NDDA?
If established, the NDDA would be Australia’s most comprehensive human services data asset. It would bring together data from across Australia relating to people with disability.
The NDDA is currently in an 18-month pilot phase. The pilot started in April 2020 following an agreement by the Australian Data and Digital Council in September 2019 to develop an enduring National Disability Data Asset, subject to sustainable funding.
The NDDA aims to improve inclusion and opportunity for people living with disability in Australia. It is planning to do this by linking data – while protecting privacy – to better understand the life experiences of people living with disability and improve supports and services.
The NDDA pilot is testing how people with disability, the disability sector and governments could use this linked data to:
- Understand what works for different people in different situations, and where things can improve
- Understand what is going on, and where better data is required
- And help people with disability to access supports and services that are right for them.
The NDDA pilot is placing very high importance on safeguarding data and protecting privacy. In particular, the linked data cannot be used by government in any way to intervene in the life of a specific individual or family. Data experts and researchers can only access de-identified data (that is, without the names and addresses).
Read more about privacy
The NDDA is planning to link the data from different government agencies to better understand the life experiences of people with disability. The data could cover areas such as education, jobs, income, health, safety and disability supports.
During the pilot the NDDA is undertaking analysis through five public policy test cases and trialling website prototypes for timely and safe access to data insights. Read more about the test cases
The NDDA will not use data to identify individuals. It will use special methods and strict rules to protect privacy.
Read more about the privacy protections
The pilot is being delivered by nine partners:
- Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services;
- Governments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Victoria;
- National Disability Insurance Agency;
- National Project Team (based in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet); and
- Technical Project Team (based in the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).
The pilot is being guided by the NDDA Disability Advisory Council. The Council will engage the disability community and provide guidance to the project team throughout the pilot phase.
The NDDA pilot started in April 2020, following an agreement by the Australian Data and Digital Council in September 2019 to develop an enduring National Disability Data Asset, subject to sustainable funding. The Data and Digital Council is working to align policies and services across Australia by focusing on:
- Transforming government services around life events
- Reforming cross-jurisdictional data and digital platforms, services and protocols
- Enhancing government capability to build public trust and deliver digitally
- Delivering a seamless digital identity experience for citizens