NCVER hosted a one-day National VET Data Linkage Roundtable in Canberra on 17 May 2018 with a group of data custodians, governments and researchers to discuss methods and opportunity for the implementation of a set of best practice principles in data linkage.

The roundtable started with an opening address from Dr Michele Bruniges, Secretary, Australian Government Department of Education and Training who spoke about the importance of collaboration and the strong potential of data linkage to give multifaceted insights that will better inform policy decisions.

This was followed by case studies, expert presentations and open discussion aimed at encouraging further data linkage projects drawing on both VET and other statistical collections that would benefit the VET sector.


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To view all presentations, please visit NCVER's YouTube channel or to watch individually, click on each presentation link in the list below.

Session 1: Data linkage principles

  Privacy and ethics in data linkage
Mr Jim Kormas, Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
Presentation (Duration 10:55 mins)
PowerPoint (PDF 1.43 MB)
  ATO data matching
Ms Julia Neville, Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
  Linking data from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) to administrative data sources
Dr Tenniel Guiver, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Presentation (Duration 9:56 mins)
PowerPoint (PDF 1.89 MB)

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) as a key for data linkage
Mr Jason Coutts, Student Identifiers Registrar, USI Office
Presentation (Duration 9:47 mins)
PowerPoint (PDF 1.03 MB)

Session 2: National Initiatives

  Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA) and the Multi-agency Data Integration Project (MADIP)
Dr Phillip Gould, Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  National Education Evidence Base (NEEB)
Mr Phill Weaver, Department of Education and Training
Presentation (Duration 12:12 mins)
PowerPoint (PDF 970 KB)
  CSIRO’s Data61 data innovation group
Mr Brian Thorne, Data61
Presentation (Duration 11:52 mins)
PowerPoint (PDF 1.46 MB)

Session 3: Translation into public policy

Sharing data to deliver a better policy agenda
Mr David Turvey, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  National data linkage projects
Ms Kelly Fisher, Department of Education and Training
Presentation (Duration 12:18 mins)
PowerPoint (PDF 675 KB)