A code which indicates student’s highest educational participation & last year of participation prior to the first enrolment in the course of study OR applicant’s highest educational participation & last year of participation as reported on an application


Version: 3.0
First year: 2012
Last year: 2012
Element name: Highest educational participation prior to commencement

Code format:

Data Type: Numeric
Units: Code (numeric)
Width: 6


000000 Overseas student
010000 Not a commencing student

A commencing domestic student for whom highest educational participation and last year of participation prior to commencement is OR an applicant’s highest educational participation as reported on their application is:

02YYYY A complete Higher education postgraduate level course
03YYYY A complete Higher education bachelor level course
04YYYY A complete Higher education sub-degree level course
05YYYY An incomplete Higher education course
07YYYY A complete final year of secondary education course at school or through a Registered Training Organisation
08YYYY other qualification, complete or incomplete
090000 No prior educational attainment
10YYYY A complete VET award course
11YYYY An incomplete VET award course

Coding notes

​YYYY is the year of the completion or last year of participation.

If no information is available for year, code as “9999”.

Where a student/applicant has multiple qualifications, record the highest AQF level of participation, regardless of whether it was completed or not.

The order of these codes is not strictly hierarchial, due to the addition of codes over time.

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

Input files

​Higher Education:

  • Student Enrolment (EN)
  • Enrolment Revisions (ER)

Applications and Offers:

  • Application Details (AD)


  • Student Enrolment (VEN)
  • VET Enrolment Revisions (VER)

Change History

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

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