Interstate Student Data Transfer Note (ISDTN)

Forms and protocols as agreed by MCEEDYA.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for contacts and links

Do you need to comply?

Yes, if your school receives funding from the Australian Government under the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth.).

Conditions of compliance

The Interstate Student Data Transfer Note (ISDTN) and Protocol is a joint initiative between the Australian Government, State and Territory Education Departments, and the independent and Catholic education sectors.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

All education authorities (including the non-government sector) from 1 January 2006, agreed to implement a national system for the transfer of student information between schools when children move from one state to another. This national system enhances the ability of the student’s new school to place and support that student in a timely manner and with the assistance of accurate information from the student’s previous school. The national system is based on using a common ‘Interstate Student Data Transfer Note’ and set of protocols.

When a student from another state enrols or applies for enrolment, the new school will follow a process to request the transfer of information from the student’s previous school. This is done through the use of the ISDTN which requests information from three broad areas:

  • school information
  • student progress and support needs
  • student behaviour and management issues.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

Independent schools receive funding from the Australian Government under the Australian Education Act 2013 (Cth). The use of the Interstate Student Data Transfer Note is a condition of that funding.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211
peter.roberts@is.vic.edu.au

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275
kieren.noonan@is.vic.edu.au

Links and Resources

External linkEducation Council: Interstate Student Data Transfer Note