TCSI (pronounced 'taxi') is a joint project between the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the department) and Services Australia which collects information about students that study with approved Australian education providers and data regarding staff at those providers.
TCSI replaces the department’s Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS) and HEPCAT reporting tools and aims to simplify reporting and reduce duplication of effort by providers across DESE and Services Australia.
The system also supports improved student payment accuracy and makes student claims simpler.
There are two mechanisms for submitting data to TCSI:
- The preferred submission method is via automated processes known as business to government (B2G) application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs send data from a provider's student management system to the government with a minimum of manual processing.
- Providers who are not yet ready to adopt the B2G solution can submit data files and web forms via an internet browser-based portal called TCSI Data Entry.
TCSI Project Video
Services Australia and the Service Hub have put together a video that gives a high level overview of what TCSI is about.