USI Fact Sheet

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1st January 2015 every student will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) in order to receive a nationally-recognised certificate or statement of attainment.


In April 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the implementation of a tool that would give students the ability to obtain a complete record of their VET achievements from a single source. The USI initiative was developed by the Australian and State and Territory governments in consultation with stakeholders and is supported by Commonwealth legislation, including the Student Identifiers Act 2014.

What is the USI?

The USI is a reference ID made up of numbers and letters. It allows students to access their USI account and see all of their training results from all providers. It will make it easier for students to find and collate their VET achievements into a single authenticated transcript.

How do I apply?

You can create your USI in 7 easy steps at the USI website www.usi.gov.au. You will need to have one of the prescribed identity documents with you, such as a driver’s licence or Medicare card. Or you can give your permission on our Enrolment form and a copy of your ID for The Centre to apply on your behalf.

What do I do with my USI?

You should write down your USI and save it in a secure location. You will need to use your USI at every Training organisation you attend in the future.

What do I do if I have issues gaining my USI

You will need to get on the USI Website http://www.usi.gov.au/ and use one of their forms off contact

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Email the USI Office at: usi@education.gov.au