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328 Course commencement date


A code which indicates the month and year in which the student commenced the current course for the first time


Version: 1.0
First year: 2005
Last year: 2011
Element name: Course commencement date

Code format:

Data Type: Numeric
Units: YYYYMM, right justified (in each sub-field), with a leading zero (in each sub-field) if needed
Width: 6


Date student commenced the course in YYYYMM format

Coding notes

YYYYMM format:

  • 1st 4 digits – Year sub-field (e.g. 1978)
  • 2nd 2 digits – Month sub-field (e.g. 06)

In some cases, what may be regarded by a Higher Education Provider as a course commencement may not be regarded as such by DEEWR. For the purpose of this collection, the Course Commencement Date is to be the date the student first consumes student load (EFTSL) in that course.

Care will need to be exercised in determining what constitutes a course commencement and reference should be made to the definition of a commencing student in the Glossary.

For OUA purposes, the course commencement date is to reflect the first time a student commenced a unit of study through the OUA.

Please refer to the Glossary for further information about terminology used in this document.

Input files

​Higher Education:

  • Past Course Completions (PS)

Change History

Details of all versions of this data element can be found on its supporting information page.

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