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Australian Government Legislated Changes for 2017 (Doc ID 2206943.1)

Last updated on MARCH 12, 2021

Applies to:

PeopleSoft Enterprise CS Student Records - Version 9 to 9.2 [Release 9]
PeopleSoft Enterprise CS Student Financials - Version 9 to 9.2 [Release 9]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


The key change to Australian Government reporting for 2017 is the addition of a new student status code on Element 490 to accommodate the removal of the discount for Commonwealth supported students who pay their student contributions up front. This follows amendments to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 which were passed by Parliament in December 2015.

For reporting purposes, a new code “204” has been added to the existing HECS-HELP codes on Element 490. This will apply to all students who pay their contribution up front for all census dates from 1 January 2017 and those who choose to pay upfront (Australian citizens/permanent humanitarian visa holders and eligible NZ citizens) and those who are required to pay upfront (permanent residents and most NZ citizens).

Students are to be reported with a status that applies to each unit of study. That is:
•the student deferred some or all of their student contribution or
•the student paid their contribution amount up front

Liability Status Code 204 must use Code Type = Normal on the setup at Set Up SACR, Product Related, Student Financials, Australian Defaults, Liability Status.

The codes 202 and 203 will now only be used to revise data with census dates prior to 1 January 2017.

The Dept will also look at the proposed changes to the Research Block Grant program from 2017, pending the registering of guidelines. Including new codes will be applied to the existing Element 490 – Student Status code and 487 – Scholarship Type.

Another aspect of the change is to allocate a CHESSN to Research Students.  Research students have not been required to have a CHESSN historically. 

Please refer to the white paper on these legislated changes attached to this knowledge article. 


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