Total VET Activity (TVA)
Collecting and reporting data on all nationally recognised training will be mandatory from 1 January 2014. The new, comprehensive data set will be used to provide information for the My Skills website, assist in policy planning, direct funding to meet training priorities, administer entitlement schemes and enable the creation of training transcripts for students.
For RTOs registered with TAC, TVA data collection does not replace existing reporting requirements which include Quality Indicator Data and Client Qualification Register (CQR) Data. RTOs will need to submit these reports to TAC as normal.
TVA is made up of two parts - collection of AVETMISS compliant data and implementation of the Unique Student Identifier scheme.
VET Activity Reporting
From 1 January 2014, an RTO must implement policies and procedures to collect full AVETMISS data from their clients. From 1 January 2015, an RTO must submit AVETMISS compliant data on all nationally recognised training where the RTO is responsible for issuing a statement of attainment or qualification.
A small grant of $1000 will also be provided to newly reporting RTOs to assist with expenses incurred in preparing their business to meet the new reporting requirements. Further information on the grant is available here.
For RTOs that consider that their organisation may not be able to collect the required information from 1 January 2014 for submission in early 2015, RTOs can apply to TAC for a number of exemptions. The criteria for the exemptions are available in the National VET Provider Collection Data Requirements Policy.
Exemptions to the VET data collection reporting are to be made to TAC via the following applications. An exemption does not apply until a written confirmation is provided to your RTO from TAC. Closing date for all applications is 31 October 2013.
1. 12 Month Transition Arrangement Application
2. National Security, Border Protection & Policing Issues Application
3. Vital Community Services Application
4. Enterprise RTO Application
5. Short Units or Modules Application
Further information on the transitional arrangements is available here.
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
From 1 January 2014, all new and continuing students undertaking nationally recognised VET courses will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to receive their statement of attainment or qualification. The USI will enable students to obtain a comprehensive and authoritative transcript of their VET achievements online. Further information on the implementation of the USI is available here.
Further information on Total VET Activity is available from www.innovation.gov.au and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.