(14 August 2015) An Australian ORCID Consortium Model was released for comment and expressions of interest on 13 August 2015. The Model was developed by the ORCID Working Group comprised of representatives from Universities Australia (UA), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Australian Access Federation (AAF) and the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT). Two major funders of Australian research – Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – also provided input to the Working Group.
The initial aim is to establish an ORCID Consortium with a minimum of 20 Australian institutional members (plus the Consortium Host). Membership will be open to eligible Australian institutions including current ORCID members and those yet to join. The Model is designed to maximize the benefits of ORCID within each institution and, as part of the Consortium, all member institutions will have access to full features of premium ORCID membership for a substantially reduced fee. In addition, the Consortium Model aims to provide flexibility to its members in terms of the implementation and rollout of ORCID within each institution. The Australian Access Federation has agreed in principle to be the Consortium Host (subject to due diligence, which is currently underway).
The announcement in full and a link to the Model documentation is here.
See also this Australian National Data Service webpage.