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Element 558 - HELP debt amount


Element 558 was included in the Higher Education Student data collection under the new policy and program initiatives introduced under the Opens in a new window: Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) which was implemented in 2005. The element was included in the VET FEE‑HELP data collection in 2009. There have been updates to coding notes to include SA‑HELP and reflect the change of upfront payments. In 2012 additional set of criteria for SA‑HELP was added to create a generic term for all HELP debts.

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
2018 Current 6.00 Updated coding notes For clarification on reporting of HELP debt amount 18 Sep 2017 18 Sep 2017
2015 2017 5.00 Re‑format document to conform with the department's application upgrade Ministerial Notice document system upgrade 22 May 2014 22 May 2014
2013 2014 4.00 Modification of coding notes Clarification 14 Feb 2012 18 Dec 2012
2012 2012 3.30 Renamed the post 2012 calculation section to "Calculating the HELP debt on or after 1 January 2012" and added an additional set of criteria for SA‑HELP. To make "HELP DEBT" generic to accommodate all types of HELP debts 14 Feb 2012 18 Dec 2012
2012 2012 3.20 Updated coding notes to reflect change of upfront payment discount from 20% to 10% used in calculating the total Help debt amount. Legislative change 11 Mar 2011 14 Feb 2012
2012 2012 3.10 Updated coding notes to include SA‑HELP. New reporting requirement for SA‑HELP 11 Mar 2011 07 Dec 2011
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 Addition of coding notes of VET input files; and change to element description and code meanings to accommodate use by VET providers Introduction of VET FEE‑HELP 05 Dec 2008 05 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; required for accurate reporting of HELP debt at unit of study level. 09 Dec 2004 09 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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