Digital Student Data Taskforce

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 Digital Student Data Taskforce

The Heads of Student Administration (HoSA) Digital Student Data (DSD) Reference Group was formed in 2013 to promote the development of a mechanism for managing digital student academic record data across Australian and New Zealand universities.

Anticipated benefits include:

  • Credential and qualification security and integrity
  • Student mobility and credential portability
  • Process automation and more efficient services
  • Enhanced international student recruitment opportunities

See Benefits for further details.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Digital Student Data Project is being managed via Tender Search.

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Mr Anthony McClaran

"TEQSA welcomes the Digital Student Data project and the commitment shown by the universities to working together on this important issue. Integrity in credentials and certification of qualifications is of vital importance to students, providers and employers,” CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Mr Anthony McClaran.

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Mr Neil Robinson, Executive Director Academic Services and Registrar at The University of Melbourne signing the Groningen Declaration on behalf of Universities Australia

The Groningen Declaration aims to provide a better experience for students and promote mobility by creating secure digital student data collections worldwide to replace barriers imposed by outdated verification processes.

The founding seminar for what subsequently became known as the Groningen Declaration (GD) was held at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2012. The GD itself and the GD Network were developed by the Education Executive Agency DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs), part of the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Universities Australia signed the Groningen Declaration at the Annual Groningen Declaration Network meeting in Malaga, Spain on 5 May 2015.

In recognition of the importance of this initiative to the university sector, a Digital Student Data Taskforce has been established, under the auspices of the Reference Group, to undertake a feasibility assessment and develop a sector-wide solution to enable digital student data portability and qualification security.

Higher Ed Services, Universities Australia’s professional services company, is providing secretariat support for the Taskforce.

Any enquiries should be directed to

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