A code which uniquely identifies the student within the Higher Education and remains constant from year to year.


First year:2007
Last year:2007
Field name:STUDENT-ID
Element name:Student identification code

Code format:

Data Type:Alphanumeric
Units:Code (alphanumeric), left justified, with trailing blanks if needed


Any dataCode assigned by the Higher Education Provider

Coding notes

A student may make a number of separate course enrolments at a Higher Education Provider in the one year or over a number of years. Within the one Higher Education Provider, the identification code for the student must be constant across courses and over time. Where a student returns to a Higher Education Provider to resume a course or to undertake a new course, the identification code must be the same as that used at the time of the student’s first enrolment at the Higher Education Provider.

Where a Higher Education Provider is amalgamated with another Higher Education Provider this may lead to the need for the identification code for some students to be changed. In such circumstances, DEEWR should be consulted so that any arrangements which may be required to ensure continuity of the identification code can be agreed on.

Input files

Higher Education:

  • Unit of Study Completions (CU)
  • Commonwealth-Assisted Students (DU)
  • Student Enrolment (EN)
  • Student Load/Liability (LL)
  • OS-HELP (OS)
  • Past Course Completions (PS)
  • Commonwealth Learning Scholarship (SS)
  • Revisions (RF)
  • Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (PO)
  • Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN)

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

Change History

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

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