All students studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). A USI is an account (or reference number) made up of numbers and letters. The USI will allow all students online access to training records and results (transcript) through an online USI account.
The introduction of the USI will link with the new VET data collection and reporting requirements . The USI is now a mandatory data field for reporting nationally recognised training.
The USI is a requirement under Commonwealth legislation and conditions of registration for training organisations. You must have a valid USI for your students before you issue a student with a qualification or statement of attainment. This applies to:
You will not be required to apply for USIs on behalf of your students, however this service is available through the USI Registry and may be the most appropriate option for your business model or in some circumstances.
You can access this service through the website or alternatively via a webserver interface with your Student Management System.