Monday 12 October 2020
The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is an individual education identifier. It creates an online record of your training and education in Australia. It's sort of like a Medicare number for education – create it once and it stays with you for life.
The Australian Government is extending the USI to higher education students in 2021. All students commencing in a Commonwealth Supported Place in 2021 must have a USI by the census date.
Are you a new student in 2021? You'll need a USI
From 1 January 2021, new higher education students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) in order to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance (Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and/or HELP loan). It will be a mandatory field on the electronic Commonwealth assistance form (eCAF) for new students.
Graduating in 2023? You’ll need a USI
If you intend to complete your degree at the end of 2022 and graduate in 2023, you will need a USI to receive your degree. We recommend you get your USI now!
Are you an onshore international student? You’ll need a USI
If you intend to complete your degree at the end of 2022 and graduate in 2023 you will need a USI to receive your degree. We recommend you get your USI now!
How do I get a USI?
You can apply for a USI at any time. You will need at least one form of valid identification and about five minutes to create one.
Think you might already have a USI?
If you have previously completed any VET or TAFE study, you may already have a USI. Check if you have one now.
When do I get a USI?
You may be asked to provide your USI at enrolment, so we recommend applying for one, or retrieving your existing one, as soon as possible.