Unique Student Identifier 

From 1 January 2015, all learners doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes learners doing Vocational Education Training (VET) in schools.
A USI is a reference number made up of numbers and letters. There is no cost to create a USI. Click here to create a USI. By creating a USI a secure online record of learners nationally recognised training can be accessed anytime and anywhere. A USI is a learners for life.
USIs are linked to the National Vocation Education and Training (VET) Data Collection, and this means a learners nationally recognised training and qualifications gained anywhere in Australia, from different training organisations, will be kept all together.
For learners, the benefits are:
  • Learners will be able to get a complete record of their Australian-wide VET achievements from a single, secure and accurate online source.
  • There will be immediate access to VET records. This means records can be quickly given to employers, other training organisations etc as proof of VET achievements.
  • It will be easier for training organsiations to assess learners' pre-requisites, credit transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Creating a USI

To create a USI the process is quick and easy. This will only take you a few minutes of your time. To obtain a USI you will need one form of ID. Forms of ID accepted are;

The USI website have detailed information on the steps to create a USI. Click here for information on the process to obtain a USI.

Duplicate USI

When you create your USI the system will check existing accounts and advise if there is a USI account already established. If learners become aware of the possibility of having two USIs, learners should report the issue to the USI Office. The USI Office will work with the relevant parties to resolve the issue and advise learners of the outcome.

Forgotten USI

If learners forget or lose their USI, learners can retrieve it online. Learners will need to enter a few details to verify who you are to display the learners USI. The details must be the same as those the learner entered when applying for a USI or, when learners last updated their USI account. 

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