Newbery Consulting VET News – 29th April 2021

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We had a number of clients this week receive a request from the The Social Research Centre for the first round of VET Student Experience Survey data. I can tell you that the request was not simple. The response requires each RTO to somehow extract data from their student management system according to a report specification with 19 separate data elements by next Friday. My guess is that it was cooked up with very little consultation with providers about their capability to submit the data in the requested format.

The submission data needs to comply with the AVETMISS data element specification. So, its not sufficient to simply identify the student’s State as NSW, it needs to be reported as 01, as an example. I get the reason why. It probably would have been a good idea to consult with or even just give a courtesy heads-up to the AVETMISS software vendors so that they could have designed this report in advance for their clients. I know in our case, I have needed to pull our development team off what they were doing this week to work on this report so that our clients can respond on-time. Our clients will be fine, but I can only imagine how some RTOs are now scrambling to both interpret the specification and to prepare a response. Not well executed at all.

I predict that RTO compliance with the VET Student Experience Survey data request will be problematic and I will not be surprised if the format for the submission is revised. This whole initiative seemed to appear out of nowhere last month with an ASQA announcement and here we are with implementation without any consultation with the key stakeholders that could have assisted in its success. Fair dinkum!

Good training,

Joe Newbery

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