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What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

A USI is your individual education number for life. It also gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia. 

If you're at university, TAFE or doing other nationally recognised training, you need a USI. Without one, you can't get Commonwealth financial assistance or your qualification or statement of attainment.

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Get a USI

Your USI stays with you for life as your training and career goals progress.


Check if I have a USI

If you have done any training since 2015, you may already have a USI.


Reset my password

Keep your account secure and access your records quickly and easily.


View my VET transcript

Find your VET transcripts together in one place.


Activate my USI

If a USI has been created on your behalf, you need to activate it. 

Education and Training Providers

Create a USI for a student

Create a USI on a student’s behalf.

Education and Training Providers

Find a student’s USI

There are 2 ways to find a student's USI.

Education and Training Providers

Verify a student’s USI

Ensure the correct USI is being used for a student.

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Identification needed to get a USI

Find out what types of ID you need to get a USI.


Third party authorisations

There are 2 ways to arrange third party authorisation.

Education and Training Providers

Using the registry system

Find the information you need to to create, verify, and collect USIs.

Education and Training Providers

Verify a student’s USI

Before applying for a USI on behalf of a student, you must get their permission.

Notices and Announcements



Our Compliance and Enforcement Strategy is now available. The Strategy explains how we protect the integrity of the USI and how we respond and investigate non-compliance.

Providing your USI

Once higher education students have created a USI, they need to provide it to their university at enrolment.

Higher education students are asked not to use the USI email option in the Student Portal, as each university has a different process to supply a USI.

System alerts

Upcoming system maintenance

The USI Registry System will be intermittently unavailable between Thursday, 21 October 2021 7:00pm AET to Friday, 22 October 1:00am AET due to Microsoft patching.

The USI Registry System will be intermittently unavailable from Tuesday, 2 November 2021 7:00pm to 11:00pm AET due to system maintenance.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Office of the Student Identifiers Registrar (OSIR)
Last Modified on Tuesday 19th October 2021 [1]