2014 Ministerial Notice Update OS-HELP and HECS

Update to the 2014 Ministerial
changes to OS-HELP
• What’s changed?
• Key reporting issues
• HEIMS Online Reports
• HECS- HELP - how the proposed changes
may impact on you
• Issues
Changes to OS-HELP
• includes postgraduate students
• remaining EFTSL reduced to 0.125
• updated enrolment requirements
• loan amount increased for studying in Asia
• supplementary amount for language study
How is reporting affected ?
New student status codes on element 490
• 241 - OS HELP for study in Asia
• 242 - OS HELP language study
Update to the existing code:
• 240 - OS HELP for study in non-Asian
How is reporting affected?
New data elements:
• 582 – OS-HELP language code
• 583 - OS-HELP Language study
commencement date
OS HELP (OS/RO) file structure updated
Any other changes?
• Minor changes to elements:
• 521 - OS-HELP study period
commencement date
• 553 - OS-HELP country of study (primary)
• 554 - OS-HELP country of study
• OS HELP scope document updated
Language study - Key Issues:
• what is an Asian country?
• language study is appropriate
• language study is on a non-award basis
• language study can be onshore/offshore
• two consecutive supplementary amounts
Validations – new system checks
2014 Maximum loan amounts:
• $6,250 - study in a non Asian country
• $7,500 - study in Asia
Valid country codes for study in Asia
Language study commencement date must be
prior to study period commencement date
What else will HEIMS validate ?
Relationship between OS-HELP language study
and OS-HELP study in Asia
- the commencement date of language
study links to study in Asia loan
- Exceptions: compliance and validation
HELP entitlement calculations
A student can only have a maximum of two OSHELP loans.
Entitlement calculations will identify any student
who has exceeded this limit.
A language loan will only be invalidated if its
related OS-HELP study in Asia loan is invalid.
HEIMS Online Reports
OS-HELP Provider Summary Report
HEIMS Online Reports
General Reports
– OS HELP Country Report
– OS HELP Language Study Report
Compliance Reports
Distribution Reports
Proposed changes to HECS-HELP
No new code for removal of HECS-HELP discount
Next HEPCAT release
– Two additional changes in the next
HEPCAT / HEIMS release are:
– X is a valid code for student gender
– ZZZZZZZZZZ is now a valid code for
reporting Application & Offers data
OS-HELP information
and contacts
• Asian Century/Legislation: [email protected]
• Payment and estimates: [email protected]
• Enquiries: [email protected]
• Information: www.studyassist.gov.au
Need more help?
For all your data questions contact
Tertiary Information Management
and Analysis Section
[email protected]
Telephone: (02) 6240 7487

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