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Exemptions from reporting the USI

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) with an exemption won’t need to include a USI in Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) compliant data submissions to the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Provider Collection.

If you are delivering exempted training you are required to inform your students before their commencement, that their training will not:

  • appear on their USI VET transcript
  • be included in the National VET Provider Collection.

Exemptions for training providers

A provider can be exempted by their regulator from the need to collect and submit AVETMISS compliant data. Under section 5.3 of the National VET Data Policy, this can be on the grounds that submission of such data would:

  • conflict with defence or national security legislation
  • jeopardise the security or safety of defence, border protection, customs, national security or police personnel.

RTOs can be exempted from reporting AVETMISS data if doing so would adversely affect their ability to continue to deliver vital community services to the Australian community. Section 5.5 of the National VET Data Policy provides more information about such exemptions.

An exemption does not apply if the student provides their USI to the RTO. In this instance, the RTO must report the AVETMISS compliant data. This is to ensure that students get the benefit of having their qualifications appear on their VET transcript.

Determining an exemption

RTOs must consult their VET regulator for an exemption. They’ll need to provide evidence to support their exemption application. An exemption doesn’t apply until the relevant regulator advises the RTO in writing. The regulator will also notify the National Centre for Vocational Education Research about the exemption.

More information

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