The NSIP Interoperability Challenge 2017

The NSIP Interoperability Challenge has become an annual feature of the EduTECH Expo. The Challenge provides an opportunity for solution providers to brief education system CIOs about their products, focusing in particular on the ways in which products from different suppliers can integrate to provide better solutions for school communities.


Successful applicants will have the opportunity to pitch their product and its capabilities as part of the digital learning ecosystem to an audience of education CIOs in the TeachMeet theatre at EduTECH.


The theme for the 2017 Interoperability Challenge is the Learning Services Architecture and the associated Interoperability Roadmap.

The Learning Services Architecture or LSA is a national initiative to roll out support for the standardized exchange of education information between systems and organisations across Australia.  The LSA will offer a unified interface for information exchange based on the Australian Data Model for education.

The Interoperability Roadmap provides a proposed timeline, showing when school authorities in states and territories expect to support data transfer for specific business processes in schools, through a unified interface based on the LSA and centralised integration hubs.  The key business processes are listed below.

The Interoperability Challenge will focus in particular on solutions and applications that meet the priority use cases highlighted in the Roadmap for data integration. The Roadmap will be circulated to those expressing interest in the challenge.

For the full story about the Interoperability Roadmap and Learning Services Architecture, and to see who's doing what and when, come along to the NSIP Vendor Forum at 7:45am on the Friday 9 June at EduTECH. 

Entering the 2017 Interoperability Challenge

Applications for the 2017 Interoperability Challenge will be taken via an online form that will be circulated once expressions of interest are received. 

We want to hear from you if your product fits one of the data exchange priority categories outlined below.

We want to hear from you what your product does, and how it contributes to an effective digital learning ecosystem.

Most of all we want to hear about how you share data with other systems, and/or how you make use of data you receive from other systems.

We are particularly interested in joint presentation with another provider that you integrate with.

To register your interest, please email

Data Exchange Priorities for 2017-18

Integration with school data based on the Learning Services Architecture is either currently available or expected during 2017/18. If your solution creates or makes use of this data, then you should consider entering the Interoperability Challenge.


The systems manage foundational data about a student, including: name, address, parent contacts, class group, identifiers, etc.

This includes solutions such as school administration systems, school management systems and student information systems, as well as systems that specialise in student enrolment.  This use case covers services and products that consume basic student information, and rely on having up-to-date information about students and their classes, including systems that support individualised learning, assessment and reporting.


Capturing attendance information for students, classes or whole schools.

Solutions for attendance information can be specialist systems, components of a larger system such as a student administration package, or lightweight services delivered as apps for mobile devices.

As well as addressing the immediate requirement around individual student attendance, this data is widely used for reporting at school and school system level, and nationally. Attendance is also a key lead indicator for diagnosing issues that may be affecting student performance; so data is commonly consumed by reporting and analytics solutions.

Given the importance of this information, it is all the more important that attendance solutions can demonstrate how they share the information that they capture with others easily.


Information about how a student is progressing.

There's a huge variety of assessments available to the modern classroom; from high-stakes summative assessments to ongoing formative activities. Assessment in this context refers to any activity that generates data that helps teachers understand the progress of learners and the effectiveness of teaching strategies.

Assessment solutions can range from informal quizzes, online environments for maths and literacy development, all the way through to rigorous diagnostics and formal examinations and qualifications.

Assessment information needs to carry significant contextual information with it to be useful beyond the immediate reporting of grades. The relationship of the assessment to curriculum standards, and the meaning and interpretation of results, must also be captured.

Assessment and feedback is recognized as one of the most effective ways of improving learning outcomes, so solutions that can create and share this information within the Australian standards framework are being sought in schools and school systems across the country.


Wellbeing information captures events and outcomes related to the social and health aspects of a student’s learning. Information can include records of behaviour, pastoral care records, legal and medical plans as well as records of participation and extra-curricular activities and achievements.

Systems that capture this information range from modules integrated within student management systems, to specialised systems for incident or behaviour management. Often different aspects of the student's wellbeing profile are maintained in different places, making the need to be able to exchange this information consistently a priority.


With the advent of NAPLAN Online in 2017, NAPLAN results will be available in a standard nationally consistent format. NAPLAN Online will be one of the first national education services that all schools will need to integrate with over time.

The NAPLAN Online platform will be the source of NAPLAN results, and multiple systems will be interested in receiving and making use of that data. Of particular interest will be solutions that can take the NAPLAN results and offer helpful and meaningful insights to teachers; combining NAPLAN results along with other assessments and datasets in analytics, visualisations and predictive diagnostics. NAPLAN results will also need to be fed into systems of record such as student management systems.


Timetable data is normally created by specialist innovators in third party applications.  Once created, it acts as the foundation for all activities in schools that structure around a timetable.

The availability of up to date, accurate information about what is being taught, where, by which teachers and to which students enables many other services within the school. From resource planning and allocation to network access policies to the management and selection of complex electives, timetable data is a foundational dataset for understanding the processes of a running school.


The application form can be accessed here