Exemptions from the USI
All Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education students must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) if they are studying in Australia, or with an Australian provider.
Students may apply for an exemption from having a USI, however they must understand the consequences if they do not have a USI.
When applying for Commonwealth financial assistance or a Commonwealth supported place you must have a USI. Commonwealth financial assistance includes:
- VET student loans
- a Commonwealth supported place
- HECS-HELP assistance or FEE-HELP assistance
- OS-HELP assistance
- SA-HELP assistance in relation to student services and amenities fees.
Students granted an exemption will also not be eligible to obtain an authenticated USI VET transcript (or an extract) of any training undertaken while the exemption is in place.
International and Offshore Students
International students completing all or some of their studies in Australia must have a USI, unless granted an exemption.
Offshore international students do not require a USI if they completed all their study outside of Australia.
Offshore international higher education students do not require a USI if they completed all their study before 1 January 2023 and are not in Australia at the time of conferral.
Refer to the International students and students studying overseas page for more information.
Requesting an exemption from the USI
Students wishing to apply for an exemption from having a USI, can apply here. You will need to provide the reasons you are applying for an exemption and accept the listed consequences of not having a USI.