The Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
Every year, an estimated three million Australians build and sharpen their skills by undertaking nationally recognised training. From 1 January 2015, all students doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes students doing Vocational Education Training (VET) in schools.
A USI is a reference number made up of numbers and letters. Creating a USI is free. It creates a secure online record of your nationally recognised training that you can access anytime and anywhere, and it's yours for life.
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.
The USI will:
- link a student's VET achievements, regardless of where in Australia they did the course
- let students easily access secure digital transcripts of their achievements (transcripts will be available from January 2016)
- give students more control over their VET information.
This YouTube clip explains the purpose and process for obtaining a USI number: USI - Video
To create your Unique Student Identifier (USI) you will need use a valid Australian form of ID from the list below.
Your proof of ID will allow us to make sure that your records and results (transcript) always go to your USI account and not another account with similar details.
By using some details from a form of ID when you create your USI it allows us to identify you so we can make sure your USI is truly unique to you.
Form of ID
- Driver's Licence
- Medicare Card
- Australian Passport
- Visa (with Non-Australian Passport)
- Birth Certificate (Australian) * please note a Birth Certificate extract is not sufficient
- Certificate Of Registration By Descent
- Citizenship Certificate