Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015 if you are undertaking nationally recognised VET training you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes study in Certificate I-Vocational Graduate Diploma level courses, apprenticeships, skill sets, or undertaking VCAL or VET in Schools courses.

It also applies regardless of whether you are a new student for the first time, or a continuing student re-enrolling in your course for 2015.

A USI gives you access to your online USI account which is made up of ten numbers and letters. It will look something like this: 3AW88YH9U5.

A USI account will contain all your nationally recognised training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results from 2015 will be available in your USI account in 2016.

You can access your USI account online from a computer, tablet or smart phone anywhere and anytime.

Once you create your USI you will need to give your USI to each training provider you study with. So you will be required to being your USI to your enrolment session with Box Hill Institute or CAE when you enrol for study for 2015.

Steps to create your USI

The following steps show how you can create a USI: It’s very easy and only takes a couple of minutes providing you have one of the identity documents at hand, as listed below. There is also a brief 2 minute video you can watch to help show you what to do, and how easy it is to apply:

Step 1

Have at least one form of ID ready from the list below:

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Medicare Card
  • Australian Passport
  • Visa (with Non-Australian Passport) for international students
  • Birth Certificate (Australian)
  • Certificate Of Registration By Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Immi Card

Step 2

Have your personal contact details ready (e.g. email address, or mobile number, or address).

Important: Please note that the USI will be linked to your name as it appears on the form of ID you used to create the USI. The personal details you enter when you create a USI must match exactly with those on your form of ID.

Step 3

Visit the USI website at: usi.gov.au.

Step 4

Select the ‘Create a USI’ link and follow the steps.

Step 5

Agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Step 6

Follow the instructions to create a USI – it should only take a few minutes. Upon completion, the USI will be displayed on the screen, plus, it will also be sent to your preferred method of contact (i.e. email).

Step 7

You should then write down the USI and keep it somewhere handy and safe.

You should then bring your USI to your enrolment session.

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Last modified: Friday, 18 March 2016, 1:57 PM