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24 Oct 2018 - 2019 Reporting Requirements for the Higher Education Data Collections issued

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I am writing to update you on the Transforming the Collection of Student Information (TCSI) project and to advise that the 2019 reporting requirements for the Higher Education Data Collections have been issued.

Transforming the Collection of Student Information (TCSI)

The Department of Education and Training (department) has partnered with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to redevelop data submission technologies to enable simpler and more flexible reporting processes that better support data exchange and availability.

On 18 January 2018, the department issued the discussion paper, Redevelopment and Audit of the Higher Education Data Collection. The paper received 60 responses from across the higher education sector with ideas on how to improve reporting. The department's response, Outcomes from the Redevelopment and Audit of the Higher Education Data Collection Discussion Paper, provides an update on the TCSI project and outlines work undertaken by co design contributors. A copy of the outcomes paper is available on HEIMSHELP.

The department, in collaboration with DHS, will continue to work with co-design contributors, the broader sector and software developers to support implementation of the new interface for government reporting.
It is anticipated that providers will be ready to use the new technology to report data from 2020.


2019 Reporting Requirements for the Higher Education Data Collections

The 2019 reporting requirements were issued on 24 October 2018.

As part of the new requirements, the department has introduced two Field of Research indicator elements for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) to:

  • address the need for better HDR data identified in the Review of Australia's Research Training System undertaken by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
  • inform national research training funding policy and provide a robust national data set for universities to improve research training programs
  • support monitoring, evaluation and risk management of recent program changes.

The introduction of Field of Research indicators for HDR students was supported through two separate consultation processes conducted in 2016 and 2017. Implementation in 2018 has allowed a staggered approach to key changes to HDR data requirements over two years.

If you have any queries regarding the new reporting requirements or redevelopment of HEIMS and TCSI, please contact HEIMS Data Collections, on (02) 6240 7487 or HEIMS.datacollections [at] education.gov.au.

Yours sincerely

Dr Andrew Taylor
Branch Manager
Economic and Market Analysis Branch
24 October 2018