The USI initiative is underpinned by the:
- Student Identifiers Act 2014
- Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO) 2015
- Student Identifiers Regulation 2014
- Student Identifiers (VET Admission Bodies) Instrument 2015
- Student Identifiers (Exemptions) Instrument 2014
USI Data Access Guidelines
The Unique Student Identifier Data Access Guidelines set out the arrangements under which data collected and collated under the Student Identifiers Act 2014 might be requested, disclosed and/or used for research. The processes and requirements set out in the Guidelines must be followed in order for the information to be lawfully used or released.
In April 2012, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to implement the USI to provide students with the ability to obtain a complete record of their training from a single source.
The Commonwealth and state and territory governments developed the USI initiative jointly in consultation with stakeholders (students, training organisations and industry). It is supported through Commonwealth legislation, including the Student Identifiers Act 2014, and administered through the USI Registry System.
The USI initiative commenced on 1 January 2015 and the USI Transcript service commenced on 22 May 2017.