What is the USI?

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a number which links your qualifications and results achieved from nationally recognised training from 1 January 2015.

How do I apply for a USI?

Apply directly at usi.gov.au and select the ‘Create a USI link’, or speak to the Course Consultant during enrolment.

USI Privacy Notice

You are advised and will agree that you understand and consent that the personal information you provide in connection with an application for a USI:

  • Is collected by the Student Identifiers Registrar for the purposes of:
    • Applying for, verifying and giving a USI;
    • Resolving problems with a USI; and
    • Creating authenticated vocational education and training (VET) transcripts;
  • Maybe disclosed to:
    • Commonwealth and State/Territory government departments and agencies and statutory bodies performing functions relating to VET for:
    • The purposes of administering and auditing Vocational Education and Training (VET), VET providers and VET programs;
    • Education-related policy and research purposes; and
    • To assist in determining eligibility for training subsidies;
    • VET Regulators to enable them to perform their VET regulatory functions;
    • VET Admission Bodies for the purposes of administering VET and VET programs;
    • Current and former Registered Training Organisations to enable them to deliver VET courses to the individual, meet their reporting obligations under the VET standards and government contracts and assist in determining eligibility for training subsidies;
    • Schools for the purposes of delivering VET courses to the individual and reporting on these courses;
    • The National Centre for Vocational Education Research for the purpose of creating authenticated VET transcripts, resolving problems with USIs and for the collection, preparation and auditing of national VET statistics;
    • Researchers for education and training related research purposes;
    • Any other person or agency that may be authorised or required by law to access the information;
    • Any entity contractually engaged by the Student Identifiers Registrar to assist in the performance of his or her functions in the administration of the USI system; and
  • Will not otherwise be disclosed without their consent unless authorised or required by or under law.

Privacy Policies and Complaints

For further information on how the Registrar collects, uses and discloses personal information about you, refer to the Registrar’s Privacy Policy or contact the Registrar at [email protected] or Skilling Australia on 13 38 73, international enquiries +61 3 5454 5280. The Registrar’s Privacy Policy contains information about how you may access and seek correction of the personal information held about you and how you may make a complaint about a breach of privacy by the Registrar in connection with the USI and how such complaints will be dealt with.

You may also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner about interference with privacy pursuant to the Privacy Act, which includes the following:

  • Misuse or interference of or unauthorised collection, use, access, modification or disclosure of USIs; and
  • A failure by us to destroy personal information collected by you only for the purpose of applying for a USI on your behalf.

For information about how Australis collect, use and disclose your personal information generally, including how to make a complaint about a breach of privacy, refer to our privacy policy in the ‘Policies, Procedures and Reports’ tab.