The 2023 Consensus EdTech Awards were presented by Hon. Ed Husic, Minister for Industry & Science on 24th May in Sydney.


Digital Credentialing Technology from Learning Vault

From left: Hon. Ed Husic, Tony Birrell & Michael Evans of Learning Vault, Julian Day, founder Consensus.


Learning Vault is a Credentials-as-a-Service platform that offers digital credentialing, badging, and certification solutions for various entities such as institutions, training providers, employers, industry associations, and governments. It is a comprehensive platform that covers the entire process of creating, delivering, accrediting, awarding, and verifying digital credentials.

The platform is built on a robust technology infrastructure that enables Organisations and institutions to issue secure and verifiable digital credentials, badges, or certificates. These credentials contain rich metadata, making them machine-readable objects that provide transparency and critical information about the recipient’s achievements, skills, knowledge levels, subjects undertaken, and marks received. Learning Vault credentials are based on open, global standards, allowing them to be verified in real-time, shared across multiple social media channels, and stored in other applications or platforms.

Learning Vault offers several capabilities within its credential platform. It ensures the security and tamper-proof nature of digital credentials by embedding unique encrypted data and storing them on secure servers. The platform also provides flexibility and personalisation options, allowing issuing authorities to customise the visual aspects, metadata, links, attachments, skills descriptors, and other components of their digital credentials.

Verifiability is a core feature of Learning Vault. The platform enables real-time verification of metadata, ensuring the authenticity and integrity of the credentials. Recipients can easily share their digital credentials through various channels, and the machine-readable nature of the credentials allows for automated processing in recruitment and job matching systems.

Learning Vault provides extensive control over credential creation, user permissions, and organisation hierarchies. It offers a repository we refer to as a Backpack but is also known as a Digital wallet or passport, where recipients can visualise and display their credentials in a user-friendly format. The Backpack allows for instant sharing across multiple platforms and can be integrated with other applications and systems through APIs.

Judges Citation

“The judges agreed that the Learning Vault’s Credentials-as-a-Service platform is innovative and offers significant opportunities for market growth.

Learning Vault’s groundbreaking digital credentialing, badging and certification architecture is making waves for its pioneering approach to transforming talent acquisition. By seamlessly integrating with global digital certification standards, Learning Vault ensures a robust foundation of machine readability and cross-platform compatibility for digital certification issue, storage, sharing, verification, and retrieval.

In an era where traditional qualifications often pose challenges of verification and interpretation, Learning Vault’s digital credentials provide an innovative solution. These credentials empower individuals to showcase their skills and achievements securely, surpassing the limitations of conventional paper-based documentation.

The judges recognised the value chain gains in Learning Vault’s approach of working with the student management system providers to enable them, as the source of truth on qualifications, to drive the issuing of the digital credentials as part of the students’ journey.

The judges were impressed with Learning Vault’s approach to the portability and shareability of digital credentials. Candidates wield control over who accesses their credentials, streamlining the sharing process across various platforms.

Real-time authentication bolsters the integrity of the presented qualifications, ensuring trust and transparency throughout the talent acquisition process.

In summary, Learning Vault’s digital credentialing architecture redefines talent acquisition paradigms by offering secure, machine-readable, and transparent credentials. The innovative features, including QVAULT and other digital wallet integration and skill descriptor referencing, underscore Learning Vault’s commitment to revolutionising the landscape of skills verification and candidate evaluation”.

Our thanks go to Dentons Lawyers for hosting the judging, and to the Judges that participated in the final evaluation:

Glenn Stafford (Chair) Erin Mikan
John Dean
Sri Markonda
Rosemary Gillespie
Paul Sargeant
Abbass Ghanbary
Marco Tallarida



See below the Highly Commended technology of the 2019 Consensus EdTech Awards.

The 2019 Consensus Awards Winners with (back centre) Richard White, Founder & CEO, WiseTech Global and (front 4th from left) Julian (Jolly) Day Founder & CEO of Consensus.

The Consensus Awards were co-presented on 12th December by Richard White, Founder & CEO, WiseTech Global (Winner in 2004) and Julian Day, Founder & CEO, Consensus. Thanks to Phil Redding for MC’ing the event.

Our thanks go to the Australian Graduate School of Management at University of New South Wales for hosting the judging, and to the Judges that participated in the final evaluation:

John Katsiris (Chair) Ray David
Marion de Courcay Richard Hayes
Louise Meyrick Edward Mandla
Preetie Shehkkar Rainer Tietz
Andrew Zell Steven Dujin

Judges of the 2019 Consensus EdTech Awards at the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Event Date
Nominations Open Late January 2020
Nominations Close End April 2020
Final judging
Venue: UBSS, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Mid May 2020
Announcements and Presentations in Sydney
Venue: TBC
Mid June 2020
Post Awards Media End June 2020


eduLAB presented with their Certificate by (second right) Richard White and (right) Julian Day.

from eduLAB Pty Ltd

eduLAB team and lectures work together on customisation of the lab environment (simple or complex) to satisfy the learning outcome.

Industry consultation is arranged by eduLAB or by lecturers to create a relevant lab environment to solve real problems – creating industry-based real-life projects. Once the customised lab is ready, the lab is distributed to students and lecturers. Users can access the platform using their existing credentials.

The lab can include but not limited to:
– Multi-site network simulations,
– Complex ICT network setup,
– Cybersecurity penetration testing,
– Implementation of enterprise communication solutions,
– Network equipment troubleshooting,
– Big data analytics.


All Consensus Award programs are based on an open nomination process. Nominations are welcomed from individuals and organizations with experience of the product or service concerned. Before nominating a product please consider the aims of the program and the judging criteria against which the product will be measured. Self nominations welcome.


The Awards exist to reward excellence in Australian and New Zealand software design and to grow and strengthen software development in Australasia. Award recognition can be vital in building the credibility and exposure necessary for locally developed products to break into new markets. The Consensus AgTech Awards have been developed to provide this credibility by using an open and transparent judging process based on the Consensus Model.


To achieve a Consensus AgTech Award, the technology or product must be Australian or New Zealand designed and developed and be judged by the invited panel of judges to be Innovative, deliver performance benefits to the user, and have further potential for product or market development. Entrants are invited to present the evidence to the judging panel first through a written and then by direct presentation. Since each product is assessed directly against the judging criteria there are no categories and the judges may recommend as many or few Awards as they deem to be worthy each year.

Entries may be related to any type of Education in schools, colleges, universities, technical colleges, online and remote teaching including:
– Course development
– Literacy Education
– Experience-Based Learning
– Face-to-face learning
– Free play
– Technology delivery
– 3D delivery
– Artificial Intelligence
– Robotics
– Teacher autonomy
– Measuring results or improvements
– Exams and learnings

They should demonstrate one or more of the following:
– Creating a business advantage and markets
– Breaking new ground
– Earth shrinking potential
– Expanding new horizons
– New business/service delivery
– New Technology
– New or advanced Process
– Social change or empowerment of users