What is TCSI?
TCSI – Transforming the Collection of Student Information (pronounced as “taxi”) is a joint project between The Department of Education and the Department of Human Services to transform how student information is collected. The departments are working together with education providers and software developers to build a compatible solution to collect student information.
Is TCSI relevant for me?
TCSI is relevant to any providers currently reporting data through the HEPCAT system. By March 2021, you will need to use the new TCSI system to report data to the Australian Government. This includes HELP providers, VSL providers and higher education providers reporting the TEQSA PIR collection.
Which data collections are included in the TCSI project?
The new data system will be used for all data previously reported via HEPCAT or HEIMS Administration, including course, campus, student, completions, Commonwealth scholarships, PIR, University applications and offers, and staff data collections. The new structure for collections is set out in the Data Framework, within the 2020 Reporting Requirements tab.
What are the key dates for this transition?
December 2020 – TCSI is scheduled for release to production. Providers may choose to begin using their TCSI solution to report the remainder of their 2020 records.
January 2021 – Open uptake. All providers can commence transitioning to TCSI for their 2021 student data.
31 March 2021 – Transition to TCSI is complete. All providers have adopted event based reporting using TCSI.
Providers should plan to adopt their TCSI solution well before the due date to ensure they have adequate time to implement their system and manage any unforeseen challenges.
HEPCAT will not be used for student reporting after a provider transitions to TCSI.
Where can I get more information?
Providers can get more information on the TCSI project available via the HEIMSHelp website (on the transition tab) https://heimshelp.education.gov.au/resources/TCSI
Is Meshed Group platforms TCSI ready?
Yes, we are. We are committed to supporting the TCSI project and its solutions to ensure Provider data from Meshed Platforms will be correctly and accurately reported to the relevant Government entities. The Meshed Group Technical, Design, and Development teams have been actively working on the required Meshed Platform Integration models, designs, prototypes, etc. to implement the preferred business to government (B2G) application programming interfaces (APIs) solution. Our proactive approach to TCSI will enable us to deliver a robust, reliable, and proven Meshed Platform Integration to support Provider data reporting.