Research and Data

DSS works to improve the lives and outcomes for people with disability. It is committed to the development of evidence-based policy and programs, underpinned by the Department’s research and data activities.

Within the disability sector, research and data are built upon partnerships and collaborations, inclusion of disability issues in mainstream Australian research funding and activities, effective participation of people with disability and the provision of accessible research and data that is applied in practice.

The National Disability Research and Development Agenda sets out national priorities and provides focus and direction for disability related research.

For further information visit the Research projects under the National Disability Research Special Account: 2012, 2015 and 2020 webpage.


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Data for the Disability Support Pension can be found on the website.

The National Disability Research Partnership 

The National Disability Research Partnership (NDRP) will aim to facilitate a collaborative, translational research program through partnerships between academics, people with disability, their families and carers, peak advocacy and consumer groups, governments and service providers to conduct cutting-edge policy-relevant research that enables people with disability to participate fully in society.

The Australian Government has provided seed funding to establish the NDRP. A two-year establishment phase is being guided by a Working Party and has five core deliverables:

  • Deliver a national disability research agenda  
  • Design a governance model to support the long term NDRP
  • Map and develop disability research capacity 
  • Write a practical guide to NDRP research
  • Fund a series of pilot projects to build the evidence base and refine NDRP processes

For more information, please visit the National Disability Research Partnership website(link is external).

The National Disability Data Asset

The Commonwealth and state and territory governments are working together on a project to create a National Disability Data Asset.

The disability data asset will connect information from different government agencies about people with disability to understand their life experiences. 

This information would provide the government with more information to make decisions about programs and services to better support people living with disability, their carers and the community.  

Read more about the disability data asset on the National Disability Data Asset website.

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