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Element 416 - Tax file number


Element 416 was included as part of the Higher Education Student data collection under the new policy and program initiatives introduced under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) which was implemented in 2005. Since then there has been some modification to coding notes for clarification and to reflect changes in legislation.

The element was included in the VET FEE‑HELP data collection in 2009.

Table 1. Change control information with links to relevant versions 1

First year version applied Last year version applied Version Change Reason for change Notice date Issue date
2015 Current 4.00 Re‑format document to conform with the department's application upgrade Ministerial Notice document system upgrade 22 May 2014 22 May 2014
2014 2014 3.1 Updated coding notes To clarify the code value and meaning. 27 Mar 2013 16 Oct 2013
2012 2013 3.00 New versioning applied to data elements No change in requirements - Implementation of new document management system. 11 Mar 2011 11 Mar 2011
2010 2011 1.50
  • Coding format for data type modified from integer to numeric and units modified from numeric to integer
  • coding notes updated to clarify reporting requirements for valid TFNs
Correction and clarification 26 Nov 2009 26 Nov 2009
2009 2009 1.40 Addition of VET input files to accommodate use by VET providers Introduction of VET FEE‑HELP 5 Dec 2008 5 Dec 2008
2007 2008 1.30
  • Addition of new code for students who are not required to provide a Tax File Number
  • Update of coding notes
  • New requirement
  • for clarification
18 Dec 2006 18 Dec 2006
2007 2007 1.20 Update of element to reflect the change of file name from HELP‑DUE File to Commonwealth Assisted Students File Updated to reflect change of name of Commonwealth Assisted Students File. 18 Dec 2006 18 Dec 2006
2005 2006 1.10 Deletion of Code 00000000000 No longer required 9 Dec 2004 26 Apr 2005
2005 2005 1.00
  • Coding and code meanings modified to support the policy and program initiatives under HESA 2003
  • Change of code
  • Implementation of new policy and initiatives under HESA 2003
  • ATO requirement
9 Dec 2004 9 Dec 2004
Pre‑HESA: Element 416 was included in the original Higher Education student data collection in 1995. It continued as part of the student data collection under the new policy and program initiatives introduced under the Higher Education Support Act 2003. There have been no significant coding changes to this element.

Note 1: A version of an element can be associated with one or more reporting years. Where there are multiple versions applicable to a reporting year, only a link to the latest version is provided.

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