Review of the VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy

In 2016 COAG Skills Ministers initiated a Review of the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy (the Review), which outlined the data collection and submission requirements for total VET activity. The Review provided an opportunity to examine whether the policy was working as intended and if any changes should be made.

Since the original policy was agreed in December 2013, a number of major developments have occurred to VET data and reporting. In 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Skills Ministers agreed to the collection and reporting of total Vocational Education and Training (VET) activity data by all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) from 1 January 2014. The Unique Student Identifier scheme commenced on 1 January 2015, following the passage of the Student Identifiers Act 2014.

Broad consultation was undertaken to allow all interested parties to engage with the Review. The consultations included public submissions, an online survey, and interviews with key stakeholders.

A report on the consultations has been prepared. It summarises key issues raised and makes recommendations against each of the Review’s Terms of Reference:

  1. extent to which current administration and implementation arrangements of the Policy are contributing to its intended outcomes and results;
  2. effectiveness and suitability of current reporting timeframes and processes for the data submitter and users of VET data;
  3. effectiveness, suitability and impact of all current (and any proposed) exemptions for collecting and reporting TVA and USI data;
  4. extent to which the current suite of documents provides clear and concise advice and detailed information to stakeholders on the collection, reporting, storage and disclosure of VET data, consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles; and
  5. whether changes to legislation would improve data regulation.

The recommendations contained in the report have informed the changes included in the new VET Data Policy.

If you have any questions about the Review, please contact the department at

Public Submissions

The submissions received are available on the Department of Education website.