TCSI - Are you ready for the change?

Posted by Tribal Group

Did I hear you say Taxi?
Yes, TCSI (pronounced “taxi”), you heard that right! It stands for Transforming the Collection of Student Information (TCSI). It’s a joint project between the Department of Education & Training (DET) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to transform how student information is collected to build a better solution that benefits both Australian education providers and students.
What does it mean and how does it affect me?

All Australian Education Providers, Higher Education and VET, will need to transition their student data reporting to TCSI by 2020. Previously, institutions generated student data files and uploaded them to HEPCAT (the Higher Education Provider Client Assistance Tool) monthly or quarterly. With TCSI reporting can be done seamlessly and regularly. This hopes to solve all the shortfalls of HEPCAT and promises to make reporting easier and streamline the submission process.

How long do we have to prepare for this transition?

Whether you’re a VET or a Higher Education provider, the transition period is the same. All providers will need to transition to TCSI by 2020. The government is doing a soft launch in October 2019, and all providers must meet the reporting requirements using the preferred TCSI solution by May 31, 2020.

What do I need to do?

There are two paths you can take to continue your data submission and comply with the government requirements:

  1. Use the Business-to-Government (B2G) API channel, where your Student Management System (SMS) can communicate with the government portal and submit the data through APIs.
  2. Use the Provider Portal, where you will need to do things manually by uploading a .CSV file to the portal.

In the most recent TCSI Provider Survey done by HEIMS, 63% of the respondents said their SMS provider will develop a TCSI solution and 20% said they’ll be using the TCSI Portal. We recommend finding out from your SMS provider what plans they have to support TCSI, and if it will be ready in time.

Is Tribal ready?

Yes, Tribal is TCSI ready! Our team have been working hard to create a solution not only for our customers but for all education providers. Tribal Edge Submissions works with any SMS solution across HE and VET providers, is delivered in the cloud, and driven by intelligence that simplifies the processing and quickly identifies any differences in your records before submission.

Time is running out to prepare and be ready for the transition to TCSI. Check today with your provider and find out if they are ready.

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