From 1 January 2015, it is a federal government requirement that every student will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to obtain their Statement of Attainment or qualification from their RTO when undertaking nationally recognised study and training in Australia.
This unique number is required for any student who has already started a nationally recognised course in Australia, and will continue studying after 1 January 2015. A USI gives students access to an online USI account, which will keep all of their training records together in one location.
What is a USI?
The Unique Student Identifier or USI is a reference number made up of 10 numbers and letters that:
The USI is linked to the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Collection, and this means an individual’s nationally recognised training and qualifications gained anywhere in Australia, from different training organisations, will be kept all together.
Who needs a USI and why?
If you are a new or continuing student undertaking nationally recognised training, you need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment. If you don’t have a USI you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment.
Your USI will give you access to an online record of the training you have done since 1 January 2015. You will also be able to produce a comprehensive transcript of your training. This can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training.
Students will need to read the USI Privacy Notice and provide their USI and/or apply for a USI if they don’t already have one yet prior to enrolment auss▪︎one does not issue qualifications and/or statement of attainments unless it has obtained a valid USI from each student.
For further information on the USI or to apply, refer to the Unique Student Identifier website.
Creating your own USI
To get started, students need to log into the USI website and follow the instructions; ensure a form of ID is ready.
Examples of acceptable forms of ID:
Prior to Enrolment
Students will need to read the USI Privacy Notice and provide their USI and/or apply for a USI if they don’t already have one yet prior to enrolment. auss▪︎one does not issue qualifications and/or statement of attainments unless it has obtained a valid USI from each student.
For further assistance please call the USI hotline on 1300 857 536 or send request via USI website’s Contact Us section.