What is a Unique Student Identifier?

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative commenced on 1 January 2015 and is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that is free and easy to create and stays with you for life.

If you are a new or continuing student undertaking nationally recognised training, you will need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment. This includes nationally recognised training delivered by secondary schools.

The USI will give you access to an online record of your nationally recognised training in the form of a USI Transcript. This can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training.

Your USI can be provided when you enrol in classes.


Higher education students will now also require a USI

The Australian Government is extending the unique student identifier (USI) from vocational education and training (VET) to the higher education sector.

From January 2021, new higher education students will be required to apply for or hold a USI before census date. By 2023, all students (including those who commenced prior to 2021), will need to have a USI. The USI will replace the Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN), which will be decommissioned gradually.

International students studying in Australia

International students studying in Australia with an Australian training organisation will need a USI.
All international students in Australia will have been issued with an Australian Visa. This will allow them to use their passport with an Australian visa, once they arrive in Australia, as a form of ID when creating their USI.

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