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National VET Data Policy

The revised National VET Data Policy was agreed by Skills Ministers at the COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting on Friday 24 November 2017. Skills Ministers are committed to progressing reforms that help students make better decisions and simplify regulation for RTOs. The revised Policy sets the framework for other data reforms that will be progressed through the Performance Information for VET (PIVET) initiative, which will transform the data available to consumers, governments and regulators over the next three years.

The revised Policy is the result of a sector-wide public consultation process. It closes information gaps by reducing some reporting exemptions. It also consolidates VET data collection and use of VET information into a single reference document.

The changes take effect from 1 January 2018, with a six-month transition period until 1 July 2018.

The revised Policy is available at https://www.education.gov.au/national-vet-data-policy-0

Key changes

  • Exemption for training that could jeopardise personal or national security only applies to specific courses rather than to every course delivered by the RTO.
  • Exemption for community service organisations to claim an exemption from reporting data on training where no fee is charged only applies to not-for-profit community service organisations where the student does not provide their USI.
  • Reduced reporting arrangement for enterprise RTOs is removed.
  • The temporary exemption allowing the issue of a VET qualification or statement of attainment to a student who has not provided their Unique Student Identifier for a VET course delivered in a single day or less lapses on 31 December 2017.
  • Reduced reporting arrangement for standalone short courses is removed.
  • Clearer process for claiming eligibility for exemptions.
  • Full publication of identified RTO level information.
  • Clarification of disclosure of identified student information.

Further information

Answers to frequently asked questions: https://www.education.gov.au/national-vet-data-frequently-asked-questions

Specific questions may be directed to the Skilling Australia information line on 13 3873 or via email at VET-DataPolicy@education.gov.au.