New Student Identifiers Protections


This article applies to Australian registered training organisations.

Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Act 2020 (Cth)

On 26 May 2020, the Student Identifiers Amendment (Enhanced Student Permissions) Act 2020 (Cth) (the Amending Act) commenced in full, amending the Student Identifiers Act 2014 (Cth) (the Act).

New offence provisions

Importantly, three new civil penalty provisions have been introduced by the Amending Act, as follows:

  • New subsection 29B(2) of the Act makes a person liable to a civil penalty of 60 penalty units (currently $13,320) if that person applies to the Registrar for a student identifier to be assigned to an individual without being authorised by that individual to make that application;.
  • New section 29C of the Act makes a person liable to a civil penalty of 60 penalty units (currently $13,320) if that person alters an authenticated VET transcript or an extract of an authenticated VET transcript prepared by the Registrar.
  • A person is also liable to the same penalty under the new section 29C of the Act if that person makes a document purporting to be an authenticated VET transcript, or an extract of one prepared by the Registrar, when the document is not in fact either.

Conclusion

Organisations should ensure relevant staff are made aware of the new offences in relation to student identifiers and transcripts as discussed above.



Contact

For further information please contact the Law Compliance team:

Phone: 1300 862 667

Email: info@lawcompliance.com.au