National register of students to cost $20 million

STUDENTS enrolled in TAFE and VET courses will be able to get a nationally recognised list record of their studies, under an Abbott government bill introduced to parliament on Tuesday.

The Student Identifiers 2014 bill, introduced by Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane, will create a national register of studies undertaken by vocational education students.

Originally a COAG initiative, the new laws, if passed, will see all students enrolled from January next year be registered in the scheme, so they and educators can access their records.

It would help students gain recognition of past learning, and create an official record of the study; while also giving training providers and state government more reliable figures on student's numbers.

But to ease concerns about students privacy, the information passed on to third parties would be "de-identified", to prevent "misuse or unauthorised access".

A new national registrar will be created to put it in place, costing the Abbott Government $20 million over four years.