Requesting an exemption from the USI
If you have a genuine personal objection to being assigned a USI you can apply to the Student Identifiers Registrar for an exemption.
To apply for an exemption, you must complete a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration and send it to the Registrar at the following address:
Student Identifiers Registrar
C/- Department of Education and Training
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601
You must include all the information required in the Statutory Declaration, which you must sign before an authorised witness. The list of authorised witnesses is included in the Statutory Declaration form. You must not change the template as it is a legislative requirement.
You should note that if you do not provide all the information required in the Statutory Declaration form, your application for exemption will be rejected and you will be asked to submit another complete Statuary Declaration to be considered for an exemption from the USI.
Why is a Statutory Declaration necessary?
You need to lodge your application for an exemption from the USI in the form of a Statutory Declaration because the Registrar is required by law to be satisfied that an individual has a genuine personal objection to being assigned a USI. As Registered Training Providers are not permitted by law to issue a Vocational Education Training (VET) qualification to individuals who do not have a USI unless they have been exempted, it is essential for you to establish your identity. As your details will not be stored in the USI Registry System it is necessary for you to establish your identity by means of a Statutory Declaration to verify your identity.
The Statutory Declaration also explains that you will not be able to request from the Registrar a transcript of the VET qualifications you obtain without a USI. One of the benefits of the USI is that people can obtain from the Registrar an authoritative consolidated transcript of all their VET qualifications completed after 1 January 2015. As people may participate in various training activities delivered by different training providers over time, the ability to obtain a transcript of such training can be very valuable, especially if the training provider that issued the original qualification is no longer operating.
What happens after I send in the Statutory Declaration?
The Registrar will assess the information you include in the Statutory Declaration. If the Registrar approves your request for an exemption, you will be mailed a notice, signed by the Registrar, confirming that you have been exempted from the USI. This notice will include your name and the place and date of birth you included in the Statutory Declaration.
You will need to show the original of this notice to your training provider , so that it will be able to lawfully issue a VET qualification in the name shown on the Statutory Declaration without the need for a USI. It is essential therefore that you indicate a mailing address in the Statutory Declaration to which you want the confirmation of exemption to be sent. Please note that the notice confirming your exemption from the USI cannot be emailed to you, because you need to show the signed original to your training provider.
As explained above, if your Statutory Declaration does not include all the required information, the Registrar will reject your request for an exemption from the USI. You will be advised in writing of this and asked to submit another complete Statutory Declaration if you still want to be exempted from having a USI.
How can I demonstrate that I have a genuine personal objection to being assigned a USI?
You need to state briefly in the Statutory Declaration the reason why you object to being assigned a USI. It is entirely up to you what reason you choose to provide. What is important is that it is stated so the Registrar knows you have a personal objection to being assigned a USI.