Unique Student Identifier (USI)


A new Federal Government requirement for our students to enrol - The Unique Student Identifier (USI). This initiative is being introduced by the Federal Government to help streamline a student’s academic history for all vocational education providers from 2015. Students will then be able to obtain a complete record of their enrolments from a single online source.


§     How students can create USIs

§     USI information for students

§     How training organisations can create USIs on behalf of students

§     How training organisations can find information on how the USI initiative works

§     System Developers information

§     Useful support materials for training organisations

§     Our new USI Help Centre


The USI will be 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 undertaken from when the USI comes into effect.
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


The USI scheme is free. The USI Office does not charge a fee for individuals creating their USI and maintaining their USI account, which will bring together their records of nationally recognised training completed after 1 January 2015. 


Individuals can create their USI for free by themselves. It is a quick and easy process and will only take a few minutes of your time. Or if you like you can learn more about the steps to create a USI below.


Step 1 Get at least one form of ID from the list below ready:

§          Driver’s Licence

§          Medicare Card (this includes a current family Medicare card where your name is included)

§          Australian Passport

§          Visa (with Non-Australian Passport) for international students

§          Birth Certificate (Australian) *please note a Birth Certificate extract is not sufficient 

§          Certificate Of Registration By Descent

§          Citizenship Certificate

§          ImmiCard


IMPORTANT: The details you enter when you create your USI must match exactly with those shown on the form of ID used.

If you have no form of ID from the list above, please contact your training organisation or the training organisation you intend to study with.

More information on proof of ID and different types.


Step 2 Click on ‘Create your USI’.


Step 3 Agree to the terms and conditions


Step 4 Fill in your personal and contact details.


Step 5 Enter the requested details as shown on your form of ID (see list above).


Step 6 Set your USI account password and questions for security.


Step 7 Your USI will now be displayed on the screen.


Step 8 You should write down your USI somewhere safe or enter it into your phone for safe keeping.


Step 9 Your USI will also be sent to you by either your email, phone or by mailing address (which ever you choose as your preferred contact method when creating your USI).


Step 10 Be sure to bring your USI with you each time you enrol in VET.

​And remember creating your USI is free!


Duplicate USI


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


Forgotten USI


Of you forget or lose your USI you can retrieve it online. You will need to enter a few details to verify who you are to display your USI. The details must be the same as those you entered when you applied for a USI or, if you did so, when you last updated your USI account. 




Visit the help centre for further help. 



For more information please visit the Unique Student Identifiers website at www.usi.gov.au

§     Email: usi@industry.gov.au   

§     Phone: 13 38 73*

*Calls from your home phone to a "13" number from anywhere in Australia are the cost of a local call. Local call charges may vary depending upon the telephone service provider, and mobiles may incur a higher charge.