The National Schools Interoperability Program (NSIP) is a joint initiative of State, Territory and Federal Ministers for Education. The program was established in July 2010 to support the development of digital learning infrastructure nationally and improve access to information for stakeholders in the Australian school education sector.
To achieve this aim, NSIP promotes the adoption of common technical standards and supports projects that improve the interoperability of information systems used by schools and school authorities across Australia. In particular, NSIP supports adoption of the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) which was endorsed by the Ministers for education in 2009 as the preferred method for exchanging data across the sector.
NSIP is directed by a Steering Group comprising education Chief Information Officers from all States and Territories and representatives from the Catholic and Independent schools sectors, the Australian Government Department of Education, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and Education Services Australia (ESA).
The Steering Group reports annually to the Australian Education Senior Officials Committee (AESOC).
The program is supported by a small team of education and ICT professionals based in Melbourne who work closely with school authorities, standards bodies and suppliers of education software.