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Unique Student Identifier (USI) Required for all Students

As at the 1st January 2015, The Australian Government - Department of Industry, requires any student undertaking a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training  (VET) course have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Nationally recognised training is defined as any program of training leading to vocational qualifications and credentials that are recognised across Australia. These include industry training package qualifications and units of competency as listed


The Unique Student Identifier will need to be set up by the individual or employer prior to students partaking in any Instruction Company nationally recognised VET course.

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of numbers and letters that gives students access to their USI account. A USI will allow an individual's USI account to be linked to the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Collection allowing an individual to see all of their training results from all providers including all completed training units and qualifications.

The USI will make it easier for students to find and collate their VET achievements into a single authenticated transcript. It will also ensure that students' VET records are not lost.

The USI will be is available online and at no cost to the student. This USI will stay with the student for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is completed from when the USI comes into effect on 1 January 2015.

The USI initiative will:  

  • Seamlessly link information about a student's VET achievements, regardless of where they studied
  • Enable students to easily access secure digital transcripts of their achievements
  • Give students access to, and more control over, their educational information

Benefits of the USI initiative

Currently, it is not possible for students to obtain a complete record of their VET enrolments and achievements from a single online source.

This is inconvenient not only for students and employers, but can also make it more difficult for training organisations to assess pre-requisites, credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Incomplete data about access to and use of the VET sector also inhibits the development of evidence-based VET programs.

There will be significant benefits for training organisations resulting from the introduction of the USI. For example, the USI initiative will enable students to provide training providers with access to an online authenticated record of student attainment. This will assist with the recording of enrolment details and will help to streamline the assessment of course prerequisites, credit transfer and the assessment of eligibility for funding assistance

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Further Information

For additional information regarding USI, please see the USI website or feel free to contact us at The Office on 02 6924 1679.