NBN education and skills site to be temporarily offline

The outage will occur during Friday 20 January, 2012 at 5pm and Monday 23 January, 2012 at 8am (ADST)

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has issued an advanced notice of a system outage that will affect its NBN-Enabled Education and Skills Services (NBN-EESS) online application system.

“We are writing to advise you of a system outage that will affect access to the NBN-EESS online application system,” the email stated.

The outage will be caused by planned hardware maintenance of DEEWR systems and related websites, including the NBN-EESS online application system and user and client registration sites.

The systems will be down during Friday 20 January, 2012 at 5pm and Monday 23 January, 2012 at 8am (ADST).

DEEWR advised users wishing to prepare their application during the outage period to save a current copy of the form on their own computer or server prior to the outage, which will then be uploaded to the DEEWR online application system once systems resume functioning.

In December 2011, the Federal Government called for proposals for its NBN-EESS program, aimed at encouraging the development and trialling of education and skills-based online projects that will utilise the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The four-year, $27.2 million program seeks to develop and trial online educational and training packages for a nationwide rollout to schools and vocational training providers.

It aims to provide a more interactive learning opportunity for all Australians irrespective of geography, with the services to be delivered in regional and remote locations as well.

Applications for funding close 5pm (AEST) on 3 February, 2012, with successful projects to be announced in early 2012.

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