An archive of our events from 2016


NSIP A4L Community Day & Annual Meeting

When: Wednesday 30 November

Where: Mercure Grosvenor Hotel, 125 North Terrace , Adelaide  

Time:  9am - 5pm 

This year's NSIP A4L AU Community Day & Annual Meeting has the theme of implementing the Learning Services Architecture using the Australian Data Model. The purpose of the day is to bring together the SIF community and others interested in becoming involved, to discuss the opportunities available as the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) expands in Australia as well as internationally.

The A4L AU Annual Meeting will also be held during the day. It is a great opportunity to meet the newly elected representatives on the AU Management Board (SIFAAMB) and AU Technical Board (Data Standards Working Group (DSWG) and hear about new plans for 2017.

There will also be industry networking.

Draft Program 

Implementing the Learning Services Architecture using the Australian Data Model

7.30am - 8.45am A4L Members Only Breakfast
8.45am - 9.00am Registration
9.15am - 10.30am

Introduction & Welcome

Update on Data Model
Matt Farmer, Program Lead - Products and Market Engagement, NSIP
Linda Marshall, Data Architect, NSIP

Update on Infrastructure and International Technical Board
Joerg Huber, SIF Solution Architect, Systemic

NAPLAN Results & Reporting Use Cases
Anthony Yaremenko, Program Lead - Projects, NSIP

10.30am - 10.45am Morning Tea
10.45am - 12.30pm

Global Overview - NZ, UK & USA
Tony Hewett, Data Architect, New Zealand Ministry of Education - TBC
Lawrence Royston, Managing Director, Groupcall
Dr Larry Fruth, Executive Director, A4L Community

Mount Barker High School case study
Jenni Cook, Vice Principal, Mt Barker High

12.30pm - 1.30pm A4L AU Annual Meeting & Lunch
1.30pm - 4.00pm

The Data Model - Where it is at?
- Data Modelling for Wellbeing
- Data Modelling for Assessment
Matt Farmer & Linda Marshall, NSIP

National Reporting & ODDESSA
Matt Farmer, NSIP

Jurisdiction Update
- States & Territories Update
- NAPLAN Online Update

Implementing the Learning Services Architecture (Panel Session)
Overview of each implementation model

Next Steps:
- Outcome of case studies
- Closing Panel

4pm - 5pm  Networking


SIF Specification Workshops: Assessment and Family & Student Wellbeing

Help shape the future of the Australian education data exchange!

NSIP are holding a series of workshops to determine the representation of Assessment and Family & Student Wellbeing in the Australian SIF Specification.

The workshops will occur on the:
Thursday 20th October (10am-4pm) – Family and Student Wellbeing
Friday 21st October (9am-3pm) – Assessment

These collaborative face to face workshops will occur on Level 8, 440 Collins St, Melbourne with dial in facilities available for those unable to travel.

Data workshops deliver results - We will work through Use Cases and Business Processes, (starting with some strawman concepts from our DSWG members), leading through to some draft Objects that can be refined off-line.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation to subject area specialists in your organisation or vendors who have an interest and can make an active contribution.

Come and meet like-minded developers and the NSIP team at our offices!

RSVP to Georgina Johnston by COB Friday 14th October



EduTech 2016

NSIP will be exhibiting at Stand 48a at EduTECH 2016 in Brisbane on the 30th and 31st May.

We will also be running two break-out sessions as part of the EduTECH program on Day 2. 

For K-12 Ed Leaders

Making a Difference with Data

With the growing focus on individualised learning, the increasing use of online learning and assessment and the demand for evidence based decision making, school leaders need integrated information systems that support learners, empower teachers and optimise parent communication. Most importantly these systems need to help teachers and parents avoid drowning in the deluge of education data and make changes that lead to improved student outcomes.

This workshop, to be led by Mark Huxley, Education Chief Information Officer from the ACT, will feature principals from leading Government and non-government schools from around Australia as well as assessment and technology specialists who will work with participants to identify strategies that harness data and analytical tools to make a difference in the classroom.


  • Mark Huxley, CIO ACT 
  • Matt Farmer, Program Lead, Technology, NSIP
  • Andrew Blair, Executive Director of the Wesley College Institute for Innovation in Education 
  • Principal Government School (TBC)


For IT Directors & Managers

The Australian Learning Services Architecture

How do we ensure the school community has access to information when and where required? How can we seamlessly integrate ICT products and services from different providers? How can a deluge of data be turned into 'actionable information' leading to better programs and outcomes for students? How can we contain the administrative burden associated with school system reporting and online account management? How can we optimise data mobility while ensuring data integrity and security?

The Learning Services Architecture is an Australia-wide initiative supported by governments and key players in the schools ICT market to provide the tools, support and information necessary to link ICT systems into a flexible, cost effective learning ecosystem.

This workshop, led by Matt Farmer from the National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP) will help IT directors use agreed standards and emerging patterns for system integration to maximise the value from technology investment in schools.


  • Matt Farmer, Program Lead, Technology, NSIP


The NSIP 2016 Interoperability Challenge

What is it?

The NSIP 2016 Interoperability Challenge is an opportunity for you to explain to education CIOs from around Australia how your product adds value to and connects with the digital learning ecosystem in schools.  It follows on from the highly successful CIO’s ‘Interoperability Tour’ conducted at EduTECH 2015 but this year, the criteria have changed.


Should I apply?

CIOs are interested in hearing about a problem that you discovered in school education and how your product has solved this problem. They would like to hear about:

·  The problem you set out to solve

·  How did you know it was a problem

·  How your product solved this problem and evidence to support this claim

·  How your product works with other products to ensure that learners, teachers, parents and decision makers always have access to the information they need.

If you believe you have a great story to tell about your product overcoming an issue, please apply for the Interoperability Challenge.


How to apply?

Vendors are invited to enter the Challenge with an online submission describing how their product helped to solve problems and improve outcomes in the digital learning ecosystem. Vendors will be selected on the basis of these submissions for an opportunity to pitch their products to CIOs at the EduTECH 2016 Expo. 


Enter the challenge here



13 April - Interoperability Challenge opens
26 April - Online webinar explaining the challenge (optional)
12 May - Interoperability Challenge closes
15 May - Successful vendors are announced
30 & 31 May - Presentations to education CIOs at EduTECH


Further information

NSIP has been established to support the development of digital learning infrastructure nationally and improve access to information for stakeholders in the Australian school education sector. The program is directed by the education CIOs from all States and Territories, their counterparts from non-government schools and representatives of national education agencies. Further information is available at or by contacting Georgina Johnston at