Research and Data Working Group

The Research and Data Working Group (RDWG) is an advisory and decision making body focused on building and improving the evidence base for disability policy. The RDWG has a decision-making role in terms of research and data activities, including data standards and data development activities. It reports to the Senior Officials Working Group on strategic issues and refers issues as appropriate.

Members of RDWG are comprised from Australian, state, and territory government agencies.

The objectives of RDWG are to:

  1. provide strategic and integrated advice, decision making, analysis and data development decisions to Senior Officials Working Group on data and research activities related to the National Disability Agreement (NDA), National Disability Strategy (NDS) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and jurisdictional carers’ strategies;
  2. support research and data that progresses the priorities under the NDA, NDS and NDIS and the National Disability Research and Development Agenda, including carer’s strategies; and
  3. encourage collaboration between governments through the sharing of research results.

National Disability Data Network

The National Disability Data Network (NDDN) is a working group of the Research and Data Working Group (RDWG). It provides a working level forum to discuss collection and technical issues relating to the Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS).

The NDDN includes representatives from the state, territory and Australian governments, as well as the AIHW. Members are data specialists who are able to contribute to technical working level discussions on information and data issues related to the DS NMDS.

The AIHW provides Secretariat services for the NDDN.

2015 Research Projects

In 2015, the RDWG funded 11 disability research projects that were informed by the National Disability Research and Development Agenda.

These projects are expected to be complete by late 2017.

2012 Research Projects

In 2012 the former National Disability Policy and Research Working Group (DPRWG) funded 10 disability research projects that were informed by the National Disability Research and Development Agenda.

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