Information about the Unique Student Identifier
The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a Federal Government initiative linking all of an individual’s training undertaken in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Without a USI number, students will not receive documented recognition for the VET sector training they complete.
Currently, it is not possible for students to obtain a complete record of their VET enrolments and achievements from a single online source. This is inconvenient not only for students and employers, but can also make it more difficult for training organisations to assess pre-requisites, credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Incomplete data about access to and use of the VET sector also inhibits the development of evidence-based VET programs.
A USI is effectively an account or reference number made up of numbers and letters. The USI will allow all of an individual’s training records, entered in the national vocational education and training (VET) data collection, to be linked. The USI will make it easier for students to find, collate and authenticate their VET achievements into a single transcript. It will also ensure that students’ VET records are not lost.
The USI is available online at no cost to the student and will stay with the student for life. It will be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken. The USI initiative will:
There will be significant benefits for training providers resulting from the introduction of the USI. For example, the USI initiative will enable students to provide training providers with access to an online authenticated record of student attainment. This will assist with the recording of enrolment details and will help to streamline the assessment of course prerequisites, credit transfer and the assessment of eligibility for funding assistance. In the longer term, training providers will benefit from longitudinal data on course completions which will inform the development of future VET sector policy initiatives.
Induviduals who have a genuine personal objection to being assigned a USI can apply for an exemption to the Student Identifiers Registrar. To apply for an exemption, they must complete the Commonwealth Statutory Declaration form and send it to the Registrar at the following address:
Student Identifiers Registrar
C/- Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
Applicants must include all the information required in the Statutory Declaration, which must be signed before and authorised witness. The list of authorised witnesses included in the Statutory Declaration form.
The Registrar will assess the information included in the Statutory Declaration. If the Registrar approves the request for an exemption, the USI Office will mail the individual a notice, signed by the Registrar, confirming that they have been exempted from the USI. Importantly, this notice will include the individual’s name and the place and date of birth which was included in the Statutory Declaration.
Individuals who have been exempted must show the original of this notice to their training organisation. On sighting the USI exemption notice, the training organisation should phone the USI Office on – 1300 857 536 to:
Training organisations will not need to collect a USI in order to issue VET qualification or statment of attainment to exempt induviduals. However, training organisations will still need to include the training activity undertaken by exempt students in the AVETMISS report they submit. They will need to include in the USI field of the AVETMISS report the special code provided by the USI Office.
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