Why do I need to validate my Tax File Number?

Before your HELP or VET Student Loan is approved you must validate your Tax File Number (TFN) with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

If your TFN can't be validated before your census date, your fees will need to be paid in full by the due date.

For your TFN to validate, all of the following personal details must match exactly on your RMIT student record and on your Australian Taxation Office record:

  • your Tax File Number
  • your first name
  • your middle name/s
  • your family name
  • your date of birth
  • your address.

If any of these details don’t match, your TFN can’t be validated and your HELP or VET Student Loan will not be approved.


How do I validate my TFN?

When you enter your TFN on your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) in the government portal, a validation check is completed with the Australian Taxation Office.

The status of this validation will appear on screen in the Government eCAF portal.

RMIT will send a notification to your student email account if your TFN fails the validation with the Australian Tax Office. Urgent action will then be needed if you want to access a HELP Loan or VET Student Loan.


Step 1. Check your ATO record as soon as possible

Check your details held by the ATO via your myGov account (login required) or by contacting the ATO. If your ATO details are incorrect, you’ll need to update your details with the ATO immediately.

Step 2. Check your RMIT record

Check your RMIT student record and notify us via RMIT Connect if any personal details are incorrect.

Your TFN must be validated before your first enrolled census date or your fees will need to be paid in full by the due date.

For more information read the Tax File Number Mismatch factsheet on the Study Assist website or contact RMIT Connect.