The Future of Digital
Student Data Portability

Universities Australia

Universities Australia was established on 22 May 2007 as the peak body representing the university sector in the public interest, both nationally and internationally. It replaces the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee (AVCC), which was established in May 1920. Universities Australia signed the Groningen Declaration on 6 May 2015.

Postal address:
GPO Box 1142
Canberra ACT 2601
AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 2 6285 8100
Fax: +61 2 6285 8101

Physical Address:
1 Geils Court
Deakin ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA

Universities Australia Chief Executive Officer
Ms Belinda Robinson ceo@universitiesaustralia.edu.au

Digital Student Data (DSD) Reference Group Contact
Mr Neil J Robinson
Chair, DSD Reference Group & Executive Director, Academic Services and Registrar, University of Melbourne

DSD Reference Group Contact Email Address
nrobi@unimelb.edu.au

Statement of Interest: Universities Australia Digital Student Data Reference Group

The Digital student Data (DSD) Reference Group was formed in 2013 as a sub-group of the Australian and New Zealand Heads of Student Administration (HoSA) in response to a presentation on the Groningen Declaration, and the enthusiasm this generated.

The DSD Taskforce, which is overseen by the Reference Group, was established in March 2015 as a tangible sign of the sector’s commitment to fully participating in the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) to develop a mechanism for managing digital student academic record data across Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) universities.

The key objectives of the Reference Group are:

  • Student mobility and data portability through giving students control of their academic records in a form that is easily accessible and secure both locally and globally.
  • Credential integrity and security through the ability to provide third-parties with a verified document from a secure and trusted source reducing the need for the production and verification of hard copy documents and opportunities for fraud.
  • Productivity improvements for universities through streamlined academic record production and management and, most significantly, the ability for universities to provide and access secure academic records from local and, critically, international institutions via international nodes.

The Reference Group is currently planning the next steps towards implementation of the ANZ solution to realise the objectives and enable full participation in the GDN.

Taskforce website