Who needs a USI?
The Unique Student Identifier (USI)—your lifelong education number
All students undertaking nationally recognised training (including Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools) need a unique student identifier, known as a USI. A USI provides an online record of VET training a person has undertaken in Australia.
It’s easy to get a USI—you can do it online and you only need to do it once. Creating your USI should take less than 5 minutes.
As a VET student, you can use your USI account to:
- access your nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) record online in the form of an authenticated VET transcript;
- set permission for your training organisation to view your VET transcript from within your USI account.
Your VET transcript may be a useful backup if the original documentation is lost and cannot be replaced (for example, if the training provider is no longer operating).
Your VET transcript does NOT:
- replace the statement of attainment you received from your Registered Training Organisation;
- show training undertaken before 2015;
- include any higher education qualifications.
Students can permit others (referred to as a ‘third party’) to view their VET transcript to verify their training records. Third parties include:
- a current employer (to demonstrate prior learning);
- a potential new employer (when applying for a job);
- employment or recruiting agencies;
- licensing bodies.
Digital Identity is a new way to prove who you are online. Digital Identity makes it quicker and easier to access government services—set it up once and then reuse it whenever you're asked to prove who you are. A Digital Identity is not a replacement for physical documents such as a birth certificate, visa, driver’s licence or passport. If you can’t use Digital Identity, or don’t want to, you can keep accessing government services online, on the phone or in person at government shop fronts across the country.
Find out if a Digital Identity is the right thing for you.