2015 August Single Data Return

29 June 2015

The 2015 August Single Data Return (SDR) for all tertiary education organisations that receive Student Achievement Component and Youth Guarantee funding is now due 5pm, 21 August 2015.

Your Workforce Staffing Return is also due 5pm 21 August 2015.  We recommend that you complete and upload your Workforce Staffing Return before you start your file validation process.

Changes to the April and August SDR timings and introduction of the Indicative Enrolment Collection

As the Ministry of Education has advised, the dates for submitting the April and August Single Data Returns (SDRs) have recently changed.  You may also be aware that an Indicative Enrolment Collection has been introduced and will be due on the 10th Wednesday of the year. The due dates for the December SDR and the Workforce Staffing Return have not changed.

The changes in the SDR timings: 


Extraction Date

Submission Date

2015 changes

August SDR Dates

7 August

21 August

Workforce Staffing Return


21 August

2016 changes

Indicative Enrolment

Collection (NEW)

9th Wednesday of the year

(2 March 2016)

10th Wednesday of the year

(9 March 2016)

April SDR Dates

15 April

29 April

Why timely submissions are needed

The accuracy and completeness of the information you provide in your SDR is important in supporting funding decisions, monitoring performance and reporting on tertiary education achievement. The SDR data will also be used to forecast delivery to the end of the year.

Please note that your accurate enrolment data will be used to determine payments relating to Student Achievement Component (SAC) under-25 fees-free and Youth Guarantee (YG) exceptional travel.

Submitting your SDR on time and accurately will also ensure scheduled payments will occur on time. If your SDR is submitted late or is inaccurate, it may result in delays to your scheduled payments.

Please note we will not consider requests for extensions.  If you need to resubmit your August SDR after 21 August, you will need to seek approval first from us.

We strongly recommend that you start trialling your file validation early to enable you to address any potentials errors.

New and change requests and information on SDR submission

To help you meet the submission deadline of 5pm 21 August 2015, we need you to submit your course and/or qualification change requests before 31 July 2015. We are unable to guarantee the timely processing of your requests if you submit them after 31 July 2015.

You can access information on SDR submission at www.steo.govt.nz.  You can also access the quick reference guide in this website's resources section. The expectations regarding course/qualification change requests and SDR timelines, accuracy and resubmissions are now available on our website. You can access this information in the SDR section on this website.

Who to contact for help

PTEs requiring assistance, please contact the TEC Sector Helpdesk on 0800 601 301 or email sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz.

TEIs requiring assistance, please contact your TEC Investment Manager.

For help with accessing STEO, please contact the Ministry of Education Service Desk on 0800 422 599 or email moe.servicedesk@education.govt.nz.


  • Last changed: 29 June 2015
  • Last verified: 29 June 2015