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Transforming the Collection of Student Information


What's new with TCSI?

20 Aug 18: Version 1.0 of the TCSI Higher Education data framework is now available from TCSI Supporting documents.

17 Aug 18: We are pleased to announce the B2G API Specification v1.0 has been finalised and are now available.
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What is Transforming the Collection of Student Information (TCSI)?

TCSI (pronounced 'taxi') is a joint project to transform how student information is collected.

Why we're doing it

The Department of Education & Training and the Department of Human Services (DHS) are working together with education providers to build a better solution.

The following graphic shows Benefits of the TCSI Project

For education providers it will: reduce duplication, be simpler and more intuitive to use, resolve system deficiencies and improve data availability. For students it will: Make DHS student claims simpler, improve payment accuracy and help maintain their student payment to complete their studies. TCSI

TCSI will provide solutions that will replace the Higher Education Provider Client Assistance Tool (HEPCAT) for all education providers and the Centrelink Academic Reassessment Transformation (CART) for universities.

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TCSI Supporting documents

The latest version of the higher education data framework has been developed in consultation with providers at the TCSI Roadshows and with co-design contributors. Detailed coding notes have also been prepared to clarify any new or amended elements. These versions should be close to final, but if you have comments please direct them to HEIMS.datacollections [at] education.gov.au.

The framework for the VET collection is still being updated and will be posted soon.

The original versions of documents and past presentations can be found in the TCSI Archives section at the bottom of this page.

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How we're working with you


The Department of Education & Training and DHS held workshops in 2016 and 2017 to develop the business plan for a new data solution. These workshops invited feedback from co‑design contributors nominated by Universities Australia, ANUPCOPHE and ACTPET.

We released our discussion paper in January 2018 and received 60 responses.

Paper responses are being designed into the solution and are informing discussions on the data we collect.

Solution co‑design

The Department of Education & Training and DHS are working with our co‑design contributors to prepare advice and recommendations on:

  • the purposes and uses of data and scope of the collection
  • preferred methods and location of collection
  • data governance, privacy and access issues
  • resourcing and costs associated with the collection
  • co‑ordination and interaction of existing data and related initiatives

Our cohort of co‑design contributors was expanded in March 2018 to include:

  • Representatives from each group of universities, including the non‑affiliated universities
  • 4 Oracle (Peoplesoft) providers, 4 Tribal Callista providers, 4 Technology One providers and 5 providers who develop their own solutions internally
  • 5 non‑university providers
  • 7 dual providers, including 4 TAFEs

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How can I get involved?

You can keep up to date with proposed changes and discussions on this page. We will also keep you up to date with our regular newsletters. To sign up to our newsletters visit our eNews signup page.

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TCSI Archive


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TCSI Proposed Solution

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