Data services

Data services

Here you will find information about accessing published education data and submitting requests for unpublished data. We mostly host NSW government schools data. 

CESE's data services team is your first point of contact for all data requests. They can provide assistance with public data, submitting a data request form and answering questions relating to the access of data. Data services works with data owners and stewards to coordinate the timely and appropriate release of data.

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Publicly available data

Before contacting data services for custom requests, please check if the data is already published online. We have created a list of useful links where publicly available data may be found. 

Many sites are updated regularly so please re-check each time you require data. 

If you require assistance with understanding, exploring or using the data, contact the data services team, who are happy to assist. 

Quick links

- the NSW Education Data Hub

- CESE publications


School staff and NSW Department of Education employees

Department staff, or non-government school staff (for accessing data such as NAPLAN and VALID) may be eligible for access to Scout. Your Scout access will be specific to your role. As Scout data is not public, you must obtain approval from the data owner if you want to publish the data externally to the department. Please contact data services if this situation arises. 


Research data for external (non-department) users

If you do not work in the department, and wish to conduct research in schools, or use previously collected research data held by the department, you will need to complete a SERAP application as well as a custom data request. Data cannot be released without an approved SERAP. If you require assistance with either please contact data services.

Data owned by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), including data for all NSW schools, rather than just government schools, should be applied for via the NESA website. Data owned by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), including data for all Australian schools, rather than just NSW schools, should be applied for via the ACARA website

Members of the media

Irrespective of the type of request, all members of the media should contact the media unit: 02 7814 1559 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The media unit will coordinate your complete request. You do not need to contact data services separately. 


Custom data

Please read all of the information on this page before completing the data request form. 

If you require assistance with the form, or are uncertain about the amount of detail required, please contact the data services team. 

We will endeavour to provide data in a timely manner, however complex requests may take some time. 

Complete the data request form