TCSI (pronounced ‘taxi’) is a joint project to transform how Student information is collected. The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) and Services Australia, are working together with education providers and software developers to build a compatible solution that will provide a seamless experience for providers and Students.
The TCSI solution will replace the Higher Education Provider Client Assistance Tool (HEPCAT) for all education providers and the Centrelink Academic Reassessment Transformation (CART) for universities.
For Higher Education Providers
All higher education providers (‘providers’) that are approved under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) are required to report data for the Higher Education Data Collection and they are required to report it through the Tertiary Collection of Student Information (TCSI). This includes FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP Providers.
For VET Student Loan (VSL) Providers
All VET Student Loan (VSL) providers (‘providers’) that are approved under the VET Student Loans Act 2016 are required to report data for the VSL Data Collections and they are required to report it through the Tertiary Collection of Student Information (TCSI).
A new Data Framework is used for all data previously reported via HEPCAT, including Course, Campus, Student, and Completions. The new structure for the data collection is set out in the Data Framework.
Providers can get more information about TCSI on the TCSI Support website https://www.tcsisupport.gov.au/
The preferred TCSI reporting submission method uses an automated processes known as business to government (B2G) application programming interfaces (APIs) and authentication with PRODA (Provider Digital Access).
- PRODA is the authentication method for TCSI and facilitates the secure access to government services online.
- APIs send data from a provider’s student management system to the government with a minimum of manual processing and enables student management software to interact in near real-time.
Meshed Group have been actively working on the TCSI project and its solutions to ensure Provider data from Meshed Platforms will be correctly and accurately reported to the relevant Government entities using business to government (B2G) application programming interfaces (APIs) and PRODA authentication.