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Unique Student Identifier: what is it and why do you need one?

By Michael Crump | 16 September 2014

What is the Unique Student Identifier, or USI? At the moment there is no way to track all of an individual’s achievements or enrolments in Vocational Education & Training (VET).  

A few years ago in 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (GOAG) agreed to design a tool to collect and track VET achievements and participation, the USI.  Under this new initiative a full transcript of VET training participation undertaken after the commencement date will be available to students.

The commencement of the USI program happened on 1st January 2015.  From this date all current and new students participating in VET courses have required a USI before any statement of attainment or certificate can be issued.

The USI team has developed strict guidelines regarding the privacy and protection of student information. Rest assured that your information is protected through legislation, if you would like know more, head to the Unique Student Identifier Australian Government page.

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The information below is from the USI government website.

What is a USI?

The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that:
  • creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, from all training providers you undertake recognised training with
  • will give you access to your training records and transcripts
  • can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
  • is free and easy to create and
  • stays with you for life
Even if you are only doing part of a course, then you will still need a USI.

If you would like more information on the Unique Student Identifier, or about government funding for courses, head to our FAQ section.

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