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USI Transcript Service Activation Date 22 May 2017   12 May 2017

USI Bulletin 2017/5 has advised that the USI Transcript Service will be activated on Monday, 22 May 2017.

Budget 2017: Students in regional Australia to get study hubs, training scholarships   10 May 2017

"Under the government’s wider changes to the education system, $15.2 million will also be allocated to establishment and operate eight regional study hubs for higher education students in rural and remote areas.

The government has highlighted regional Australia as a key focus for this year’s budget, which also includes major infrastructure projects in regional areas."

Federal Budget 2017: what’s changing in education?   10 May 2017

"The treasurer’s language in announcing this new pot of money appeared to put the onus on states and territories to stimulate apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Apprenticeship commencements have been in decline, particularly in trade occupations.

This decline is part of a long-term trend, and is compounded by the impact of the gig economy and the reluctance of employers and young workers to enter into four-year training relationships."

Budget 2017: Surprise $1.5bn package for vocational education sector   10 May 2017

"Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, said too many young people tended to see ­university as the only post-school option."

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/budget-2017/budget-2017-surprise-15bn-package-for-vocational-education-sector/news-story/83cacaf1e110b2546013e9c037f9f649

Oliv Validation Rules not updated to remove 2017 outcome codes   31 Mar 2017

Oliv is reporting the following fail: "The Year of Enrolment Activity End Date ('01072017') Should be Next Collection Year i.e '2018' for continuing enrolment with Outcome ID of 70 for Delivery Location: '200', Course ID: '', Module/UOC ID: 'CHCORG428A', Client ID: '130930'. Please see attached files for full details."

Oliv validation is not updated with 2017 USI details   27 Mar 2017

Oliv is reporting the following fail: "Unique Student Identifier: SHORT for Client ID: 10241 is invalid. A valid USI must be supplied"

Oliv has not updated their validation rules to the 2017 AVETMISS Reporting Standards. AVETMISS has changed the USI field from a Waring to an Error for 2017 data. NCVER added export values 'INTOFF' and 'SHORT' to the USI field so that exempt students are able to be lodged.

onCourse will autogenerate theses codes for your exports based off the student's enrolment information. You do not need to enter these codes in the USI field.

How to become part of ICT without really trying   23 Mar 2017

I made a career in Education as an Administrator specialising in Admin Systems and processes. Over the last 5 years, I saw the number of roles calling for my skills dwindle. It took some time to figure out why, but my Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) Manager cleared it up for me - my job, which was once considered Admin, was now considered part of ICT. The work I'd been doing for 16 years now called Business Analysis, and I was working on Business Information Systems, not Admin Systems.

Hyphens vs Underscores   03 Feb 2017

Hyphens vs Underscores! 

It sounds like the title of a B-grade Horror/Action film, like Boa Vs Python

You Must Use Hyphens! Because SEO

Ask someone in Marketing or Web Design and they'd most likely tell you 'You Must Use Hyphens! because SEO' (Search Engine Optimization).

How much time do you spend writing policy?   06 Jan 2017

I met Tamara Simon at the 2016 VELG conference and she had some great ideas about RTO Business Management. She recently published this article on the role of policies in RTOs, and in general. Take a look:

USI required for single day training courses now after 1 January 2018   12 Dec 2016
Edit
There was a bulletin released by the USI Office at 12.51pm on 20 December 2016 that extended the extension for the USI Exemption to 31/12/2017. See details here https://www.usi.gov.au/training-organisations/training-organisation-requirements/exemptions-reporting-usi

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Tis the Season   28 Nov 2016

Seasons Greetings! Not the Holiday Season, which is fast approaching, but rather, the yearly trial (and error) that is the VET Reporting Season.
For those delivering VET Training, this means Total VET Activity Reporting . For some, it might be reporting for funded training programs like CSO. Everyone, it means frustration, confusion, and long hours put in to meet what seems to be an impossible deadline.

The pitfalls of IT rollout   20 Jul 2016

You may have read a bit in the news recently about the unfolding disaster with TAFE's new student management system. Although the software at the heart of that rollout is one of our competitors, it isn't with schadenfreude that I write this. Failures like this hurt the whole software industry. Tribal is but one part of the $750 million dollar Department of Education IT implementation; a project that was originally costed at under $450 million.

Searching for CSO or Smart and Skilled enrolments for AVETMISS reporting   12 Jul 2016

Some new search options have been added to the Enrolments list view to make searching for, and selecting, the students you wish to report for government funded AVETMISS training simpler.

Where do I enter a Commitment ID?

Solr and the Panama Papers   11 May 2016

You'll all have heard of the Panama Papers: the leaking of 11 million documents showing illegal and legal tax evasion around the world. The 2.6Tb data set was so enormous that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists engaged data analysts to help them index and search through all that data in order to find newsworthy stories.