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Changes from previous year

The School Survey Data for Non-State Schools – Queensland (aka the 'Census') has moved online. This means that, from 2021 onwards, the previous interactive pdf will no longer be available. Instead, a web-based Census form is available for each accredited and operating site and mode of delivery in NSSAB Online Services. The layout of the online form, and the processes for filling it out, are similar to the previous interactive pdf.

The move to an online form allows for pre-population of a number of fields including school name, site code, other accreditation information and contact details. These fields should be checked by schools. Pre-populated fields related to accreditation are not updatable and, if any errors are found, users will need to contact the NSSAB Secretariat. Pre-populated fields related to school contact and principal details are updatable and any changes can be made on the form.

The online form also allows for accuracy and consistency checks in real time. If the form detects an error or inconsistency, an error message will appear informing the user what has gone wrong and how to fix it. These are called validation errors. All validation errors must be addressed before the Census form can be submitted.

In order to access the Census form, users must first log in to NSSAB Online Services. Once logged in, users will see a banner at the top of the page alerting them to the need for the submission of the school survey data.

School Survey Data for Non-State Schools - Queensland 2021 is currently being conducted. Please complete and submit the Census form by Friday, 5 March 2021

All Census form/s for the school/governing body will be available for completion. Data entry may then begin.

The Census form automatically saves as the user progresses through it. This allows a user to stop entering data at any point, log out if they wish, and then come back at a later stage (after logging in again) to continue on from where they left off with the previously entered data available.

Changes to this document

For the 2021 Census, the following substantial changes were made to this document:

Please ensure you familiarise yourself with all definitions to ensure that students entered on the Census form conform to the definitions and requirements in the instructions. The data in the Census form will be validated and may be subject to enrolment verification by the Board’s authorised persons (auditors).

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Last updated 28 January, 2021