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The service activity that the service type outlet has been funded to provide under the National Disability Agreement as represented by a code.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " NDA support service type code N.NN ".
Data Type Number
Format N.NN
Maximum character length 4
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 1.01 Large residential/institution (>20 people) - 24 hour care
1.02 Small residential/institution (7-20 people) - 24 hour care
1.03 Hostels - generally not 24 hour care
1.04 Group homes (less than 7 people)
1.05 Attendant care/personal care
1.06 In-home accommodation support
1.07 Alternative family placement
1.08 Other accommodation support
2.01 Therapy support for individuals
2.02 Early childhood intervention
2.03 Behaviour/specialist intervention
2.04 Counselling (individual/family/group)
2.05 Regional resource and support teams
2.06 Case management, local coordination and development
2.07 Other community support
3.01 Learning and life skills development
3.02 Recreation/holiday programs
3.03 Other community access
4.01 Own home respite
4.02 Centre-based respite/respite homes
4.03 Host family respite/peer support respite
4.04 Flexible respite
4.05 Other respite
5.01 Open employment
5.02 Supported employment
6.01 Advocacy
6.02 Information/referral
6.03 Combined information/advocacy
6.04 Mutual support/self-help groups
6.05 Alternative formats of communication
7.01 Research and evaluation
7.02 Training and development
7.03 Peak bodies
7.04 Other support services


Guide for use:

State/Territory agencies should not use codes 5.01, 5.02 or 5.03. They are employment specific codes and these services are funded by the Australian government.

If it is difficult to differentiate between service types 1.04 'group homes (<7 places)' and 1.06 'in-home accommodation support', then do so on the basis of what is the main purpose of the service, that is whether the service is being provided as a place to live (1.04) or to help someone live independently (1.06). Another consideration is the transportability of a service. If the service user can continue to use the service at a new residence, then the service type is 1.06. If the service is attached to the current residence and therefore cannot be used at a new residence, then the service type is 1.04.

For service type 2.06 'case management, local coordination and development', funded agencies are not expected to complete Service User Details in relation to the local development or coordination activities that do not relate to particular service users. [In some jurisdictions, further details of these activities may be requested outside the DS NMDS.]

Service type 2.06 'case management, local coordination and development' may include brokerage activities. For DS NMDS purposes, service user details should be recorded for all people receiving brokerage services. The details about brokerage services received should relate only to the provision of the actual 'brokerage' as a service type, and not to the other service types that are purchased using brokerage funds, In some jurisdictions, details of the services purchased via brokerage may be requested in addition to DS NMDS data items.


Disability Services National Minimum Data Set (DS NMDS) collection. Data Guide: data items and definitions 2009–10.

The ability to output data by service type is essential, for example, to describe the types of services being received by different groups of service users and in different geographic locations.


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Use within a Question 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 2
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0