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MH NOCC Technical Specifications

Mental Health National Outcomes and Casemix Collection: Technical specification of State and Territory reporting requirements – Version 2.0, 2017

The purpose of the NOCC Technical Specificiations is to outline the reporting requirements for provision of the NOCC dataset by States and Territories to the Australian Government. The document provides details about the:

  • data content of all items included in the Mental Health National Outcomes and Casemix Collection;

  • business rules to be followed in the reporting of those data items (i.e. what data are required when); and

  • extract format to be used when preparing data files for submission to the Australian Government.

The reporting requirements outlined in the NOCC Technical Specificiations represent the agreed national minimum requirements and are not intended to limit the scope of data collections maintained by individual service agencies or States and Territories.The MH NOCC Technical Specifications Ver 2.0 Consolidated document (PDF,1.05MB) was endorsed at the March 2017 Mental Health Information Strategy Standing Committee (MHISSC) meeting and applies to the collection of the NOCC from 1 July 2017.

An online version of the MH NOCC Technical Specifications Ver 2.0 is also now available.

The consolidated document includes the main document and all the appendices. Alternatively, the main document and the appendices can be downloaded separately.

The Online MDS Validator also includes the technical components of the MHNOCC Technical Specifications Ver 2.0 Consolidated document.

For those who might need it, the previous versions of the Technical Specificiations are available:

Others may also be interested in what constitutes valid clinical ratings for the purposes of statistcal reporting. See NOCC Rating Validity.