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AVETMISS Reporting 2020

by Ian Whitehouse -

he National VET Data Policy has recently changed, and along with it the Privacy Notice included at Schedule 1.

RTOs must use the new Privacy Notice when enrolling students from 1 January 2021 onwards. You can find the Privacy Notice at Schedule 1 of the National VET Data Policy on the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website or by accessing the NCVER’s example enrolment form. You will need to customise the Privacy Notice before including it in your enrolment materials.

Existing students continuing their studies into 2021 should also be made aware of the new Privacy Notice. It is up to RTOs how they achieve this, but one way would be for the RTO to publish the notice on its website.

The Privacy Notice was changed to reflect amendments to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 that came into effect in September this year. The new Privacy Notice has been written to be easier for students to understand and to support RTOs in meeting their privacy obligations.

It remains in addition to any other specific requirements RTOs are obligated to provide to their students, for example, under state or territory privacy laws.

For further information, please refer to the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website or check the Department’s FAQs.

2020 annual activity due by 26 February 2021

The collection window for direct reporting of 2020 AVETMISS fee-for-service activity to NCVER opens on 2 January 2021 and closes at 5pm (ACDT) 26 February 2021.


Please check deadlines if you are reporting fee-for-service activity via a state training authority (STA), as their deadlines may be earlier.

As reporting need to be as at 31 December 2020, we encourage you to validate your data and fix errors prior to the end of the year so that you can submit when the window opens and before you make updates to students outcomes occurring in 2021.

Our client support team can help with validation or submission difficulties. As they are particularly busy at this time, it may take  up to 48 hours for a response during the last two weeks, so please allow enough time to raise issues in order to meet the 26 February 2021 reporting deadline.

Nil returns

If your RTO did not deliver any training during 2020 you must submit a nil return via NCVER’s AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS).

A nil return is required where there have been no student enrolments, no training delivery, and no certificate issuance or where the RTO is newly registered (i.e. registered in late 2020) and may not yet have commenced delivering activity.

Sourced from Data Support Bulletin - December 2020



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