Key Information for Students - information for TEOs

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Last updated 21 November 2016
Last updated 11/21/2016

Learners tell us making decisions about studying can be difficult because consistent information is hard to find to compare qualifications and tertiary providers.

To make it easier, we talked to learners and their advisors to develop a consistent, structured and accessible way to view key information about qualifications. This information will be published by tertiary education organisations (TEOs) on their websites.

This is called the Key Information for Students (KIS).

Why are we doing this?

The education system is focused on improving outcomes for learners. Learners need information to be able to identify and assess the value of tertiary education and how it will contribute to achieving their desired outcomes.

Government and education providers have a shared responsibility to challenge learners to look at how they make decisions and the choices likely to result in achieving the best outcomes.

The KIS is a result of research, consultation and sector engagement to ensure that we help make it easier for learners to make good tertiary enrolment decisions. 

The Key Information for Students will:

  • enable learners to make real comparisons between qualifications and across providers when deciding on what and where to study
  • facilitate informed enrolment choices that align with learners’ desired tertiary education outcomes.

What does it mean for TEOs?

We’ll be working with TEOs to publish the KIS on the qualification pages of their websites. This has been communicated in our Plan Guidance for 2017 and 2018 (page 15 of the Plan Guidance).

Who is required to publish the Key Information for Students?

  • Funded TEOs (this excludes industry training organisations (ITOs))
  • TEOs delivering qualifications at level 5 and above.

How are we doing this?

We are implementing a phased approach and will notify you about which group you are in, ensuring you have plenty of time to plan, resource and implement the KIS. 

The key activities you’ll need to undertake to ensure that you are ready to start are:

  • checking your qualification and course data
  • designing the KIS to fit your website style
  • applying the design to qualification pages – level 5 and above
  • connecting to our KIS Data Service (to keep the KIS updated)
  • publishing the qualification pages so they become visible to learners.

 What do you need to do?

Get familiar with the KIS and identify the people in your organisation that may need to be involved. Check your data to make sure it's accurate to publish in the KIS.

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