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Element 488 - Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN)


Element 488 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.

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

In 2010 it was included in the University Applications and Offers data collection. There have been some coding changes to this element since to support program change and clarify information.

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 6.00 Re‑format document to conform with the department's application upgrade Ministerial Notice document system upgrade 22 May 2014 22 May 2014
2014 2014 5.00 Update of coding notes to include reference to TAC's Data Elements Map in the HEIMS Web Services Specification and that the code should reflect the applicant's residential address (not postal address) To clarify information 27 Mar 2013 27 Mar 2013
2013 2013 4.00 Coding notes and input files updated to reflect element added to Application Details (AD) file structure (HEP only) New reporting requirement 14 Feb 2012 14 Feb 2012
2012 2012 3.00 New versioning applied to data elements No change in requirements - Implementation of new document management system. 11 Mar 2011 11 Mar 2011
2009 2011 1.10 No change in requirements for HEPs Addition of coding notes and/or list of VET input files; and/or change to element description and/or code meanings to accommodate use by VET providers Introduction of VET FEE‑HELP 5 Dec 2008 5 Dec 2008
2005 2008 1.00 Coding and code meanings modified to support the policy and program initiatives under HESA 2003. Implementation of new policy and initiatives under HESA 2003. 9 Dec 2004 9 Dec 2004
Pre‑HESA: There is no earlier version of 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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