Bulk File Upload Technical Specifications

The Data Exchange Technical Specifications are intended for service providers wanting to use system-to-system transfers or bulk uploads to submit their data to the Data Exchange.

These documents provide technical details about the data format and system requirements, and are primarily aimed at IT managers, system developers and software providers. From time to time the specifications will be updated to reflect enhanced functionality and features. These changes can occur through a combination of user feedback as part of our continual improvement process, or as new programme activities come on-board such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme which commenced using Data Exchange on 1 November 2015.

The specification for bulk upload covers the following:

  • Interface details – technical infrastructure, security and authentication
  • Reference data
  • Bulk Upload XML File – data formats, commonly used data terms, examples
  • Error processing

A new document has been developed to be used in collaboration with the Bulk File Upload Technical Specifications, that lists the possible error messages that providers undertaking the file upload method of data transmission to DEX may receive – Data Exchange Bulk XML upload errors & explanations.

A pre-production environment is available to developers for testing. For enquiries, how to access the pre-production environment and technical support please email Dataexchange.developersupport@dss.gov.au

The Data Exchange Developer Support Helpdesk will endeavour to answer your enquiries within three working days. If a longer turnaround time is required, Developer Support Helpdesk will reply to you advising their expected resolution times.