Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN)

South Metropolitan TAFE will send you a CAN after the census date. The CAN contains information about your enrolment, any HELP debt you have incurred, how much you have paid towards your fees and how much will be reported to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

You are required to check your CAN each semester to ensure that your enrolment dates are correct so that we can report your details correctly to the ATO. If any changes need to be made, you must inform the Admissions Office – South Metropolitan TAFE within 14 calendar days. If you submit your query after this 10 calendar day period, you will incur a late CAN dispute charge.

If your CAN is incorrect, you need to specify which details are incorrect; and why you believe they are incorrect.

Queries can be emailed to Vet.Feehelp@smtafe.wa.edu.au or sent in writing to:

VET FEE HELP - Admissions
South Metropolitan TAFE
1 Fleet Street, Fremantle WA 6160

The CAN is not an invoice and you don't need to contact the ATO. The CAN includes the following information

  • Student tuition fee amounts;
  • Any up-front fees that you have paid;
  • the units for which you have received FEE-HELP or VET FEE-HELP Total debt incurred for the semester;
  • Commonwealth Higher Education Support Number (CHESSN)
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