The improved quality of information on course completions that will be collected through TCSI includes the collection of the year of completion. From 2020, this will ensure data will be disseminated based on the information reported for each Calendar Year. Course completions are currently being reported based on either Academic Year (completions occurring between 1 April and 31 March) or Calendar Year (completions occurring between 1 January and 31 December).
For providers who currently report their course completions based on Calendar Year, there will be no impact on your completions data. No change is required to how you report your 2019 completions. You can continue with your existing approach, with all 2019 completions data due no later than 31 March 2020.
For providers who currently report their course completions based on Academic Year, a change of approach is required for reporting their 2019 data. Academic Year reporters can only report course completions that occurred between 1 April 2019 and 31 December 2019 in their 2019 course completions submission in HEPCAT. All completions that occur on or after 1 January must be reported using TCSI.
The department is aware there may be potential impacts of this change on 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) funding allocations. We are currently reviewing these issues and will notify providers when arrangements for 2021 RTP funding allocations are finalised. For more information please contact rbgrants [at] education.gov.au.