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534 Course of study commencement date


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


Version: 4.0
First year: 2015
Last year: -
Field name: COURSE-DATE
Element name: Course of study 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


YYYYMM​ Date student commenced the course of study 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)

Please refer to glossary entry for ‘Commencing students’

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

Input files

Higher Education Student:

  • Commencement Date Revision (RC)
  • Student Load/Liability (LL) & Revised Student Load/Liability (RL)

VET Student:

  • VET Commencement Date Revision (VRC)
  • VET Student Load/Liability (VLL) & Revised VET Student Load/Liability (VRL)

Change History

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

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