The VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy has been replaced by the new National VET Data Policy which was endorsed by Skills Ministers on 24 November 2017 and comes into effect on 1 January 2018, with a six-month transition period* until 1 July 2018. A copy of the Policy is available on the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training’s website https://www.education.gov.au/national-vet-data-policy-0.
Agreement to the Policy demonstrates the commitment of Skills Ministers to progressing reforms that help students make better decisions and simplify regulation for RTOs. The 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.
More information on the Policy can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document available on the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training’s website https://www.education.gov.au/national-vet-data-frequently-asked-questions.
The Policy supports the provision of more accurate and comprehensive VET data by RTOs, which will help build a stronger VET system in Australia.
The inclusion of USIs in your data collection will also give students more comprehensive information about all the nationally recognised training they have undertaken since January 2015, regardless of where it occurred, which RTO delivered it, or the type of course.
This data will inform industry about the skills being developed in the training sector; support training providers’ business planning; allow regulators to undertake risk-based regulation; and provide governments with an enhanced ability to develop more targeted policies and better direct funding to training priorities that meet the skills needs of a strong economy.
Further information on the Policy, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions is available on the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training’s website https://www.education.gov.au/national-vet-data-policy-0.
- The six-month transition period only applies to Part B of the National VET Data Policy.
On the bottom of the Privacy Notice and Student Declaration form RTOs need to either get the student’s signature or obtain an electronic acknowledgement. If you could clarify the acceptable forms of electronic acknowledgement that would be appreciated.
As long as the RTO can provide evidence that the Privacy Notice and Student Declaration has been sighted and acknowledged, it is up to them how they present that to their students. Some examples of electronic acknowledgement include: a tick box on a website or an electronic enrolment form or email acknowledgement, etc.