Did you hear? The Department is developing an integrated IT system called HITS (HELP IT Systems).
This new system will replace VITS (the current VET IT system) from mid-2013. How does this affect you as a VET FEE-HELP provider?
Once VITS is decommissioned you will no longer be able to allocate CHESSNS using this system. This is expected to happen in mid-2013.
HITS will cater for Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) provider applications from higher education and VET providers, and on-going compliance requirements for those providers approved to offer HELP under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).
To continue to allocate CHESSNS using web services from this time on you will need to ensure your system has been modified to meet the specifications for the HEIMS web services. As soon as this is done you can commence allocating CHESSNS using HEIMS. You can also allocate CHESSNS individually through the HEIMS Administration system at any time. There is no need to wait until VITS is decommissioned to start using HEIMS.
Just confirm with the HEIMS data collections team that you have the appropriate access to HEIMS Administration to do this. Contact us at HEIMS.datacollections@DEEWR.gov.au to find out.
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