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Disability data cubes are available for subsets of data from the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) collection. Prior to January 2009 this dataset was known as the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set (CSTDA NMDS).
The publications associated with these cubes may also be downloaded in full. Additional disaggregation of data may be requested using the ad hoc client request form. A charge may apply for ad hoc data requests to recover costs.
A data cube is a multidimensional representation of data which provides fast retrieval and drill down facilities.
The values (measures) in the data cubes are:
The data items (dimensions) in the data cubes are:
When a data cube is opened (in the 'View' tab), the table shows 'All service users' as the default measure, by 'age and sex' as default dimensions.
To view any of the other measures, first close the Table of Contents pane by left-clicking the 2 upward-pointing arrows next to 'Table of Contents'. Then use the left mouse to drag the icon for the measure onto the column headings, and drop the icon when a left-pointing arrow appears. The additional measure will appear in a separate column. To remove any measure from view, right click its column heading and select 'Hide <measure>' from the menu.
To add a dimension to the table, left click its icon and drag it towards the top left hand of the table. To display it as an additional column dimension, wait till a left-pointing arrow appears and drop the icon. To display it as an additional row dimension, wait till a downward-pointing arrow appears and drop the icon. To remove a dimension, right click its label in the top left hand of the table and select 'Hide <dimension>' from the menu, or you can replace the dimension by selecting 'Change <dimension> to <other dimension> from the menu.
If there are too many column and/or row headings to appear in the same screen, there are arrows that allow you to scroll through the column headings and row headings.
If you want to collate totals and present percentages of totals, select the 'Edit' tab and right click the table icon. This provides additional options for data presentation in the 'View' tab.
The data can be exported either to Excel or Word. In 'View', right click the table area and select 'Export table' from the menu. Choose how many rows you want to export, and whether to export to Excel or Word. After selecting 'OK', select 'Open' or 'Save' rather than the default 'Cancel' button. (If you select 'Excel' and 'Open', then next select 'Yes' rather than the default 'No' button.) To save the file (which is an htm file with extension .do) select 'Save as' from the top-left menu, scroll through the file type options to assign .xls (or .doc as appropriate), give the file a name and save it in the directory of your choosing.
Due to the multidimensional nature of the disability cube, extra steps have been taken to ensure the confidentiality of service user data. These are:
The data in the disability cubes are presented as a national picture of services received by people with a disability. To view the data at the jurisdictional level, please view the appropriate disability support services report.
Disability publications include more detailed information about NDA-funded services in Australia.