Ministerial Notice issued for the 2016 reporting requirements on Monday 16 November. What do I need to know?
There are no system changes to the reporting requirements for 2016. This follows the Minister's recent announcement that the Australian Government will be consulting further with the sector on the higher education reforms.
New measures in 2016
There are two new measures relating to the HELP programme that have recently been passed by the Australian Parliament. These will be implemented from 2016. They are:
The expansion of the HELP programme to New Zealand citizens who have been long–term residents of Australia since childhood. This will be effective from 1 January 2016.
Special Category Visa holders who first entered Australia as a dependent child, and who have lived in Australia for at least 10 years will now have access to HELP loans. No changes are required to current reporting processes. These students will be reported using the existing reporting arrangement.
Details of how to report eligible New Zealand citizens are available at Reporting New Zealand citizens who are eligible to access HELP.
The recovery of HELP and Trade Support Loan debt from people living overseas.
This measure was passed on 9 November 2015. This change similarly has no implications for reporting processes.
There are some minor administrative modifications to reporting documentation. These include the removal of references to MyUniversity following the decommissioning of this website.
Details of all changes are included in the 2016 Higher Education Data Collections data requirements and change control document.
All reporting documents are available on HEIMSHELP. If you have any queries relating to the 2016 data requirements please contact us.