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USI (Unique Student Identifier) Scheme Background

In April 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the implementation of a specially designed tool called the Unique Student Identifier (USI) to provide students with the ability to obtain a complete record of their Vocational Education and Training (VET) enrolments and achievements from a single source. COAG also agreed that the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) take forward the implementation of the USI.

  • The Student Identifiers Act 2014 was passed and proclaimed on 27 June 2014.
  • Passage of the legislation confirms the 1 January 2015 commencement due date for the USI scheme.

Information for training providers

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative will impact all providers of nationally recognised training. From 1 January 2015 it will be a requirement under Commonwealth legislation and their conditions of registration that providers have a valid USI for a student before they issue that student with a qualification or statement of attainment.  This applies to new students, pre-enrolled students and continuing students. The process for all students to obtain a USI (or for training providers to apply on their behalf with the student’s permission) is the same.

New and continuing students undertaking nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses will need to have a USI to receive their statement of attainment or qualification.

Until the USI is implemented on the 1 January 2015, the Unique Student Identifier field will remain in the VET data standard (AVETMISS 7.0) as a placeholder, but the field will be permitted to be blank.

The introduction of the USI will link with new VET data collection and reporting requirements. From 1 January 2015, the USI will become a mandatory data field for reporting.