Exemptions from the USI
A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) can only issue a VET qualification or VET statement of attainment to a student who:
- has a USI; or
- has been granted an exemption from the requirement to have a USI.
If you are granted an exemption from having a USI:
- you will not be able to obtain an authenticated VET transcript (or an extract of a VET transcript) through your USI account which provides consolidated information about any VET courses, modules or units of competency undertaken since 1 January 2015.
- your transcript will not include information on any VET study you did while you had the exemption if you decide to get a USI in the future, you won’t be able to provide your transcript to your RTO which may assist with enrolments and credit transfers.
There is no exemption from the requirement to have a USI if you are applying for financial assistance.
You must have a USI to apply for a VET student loan under the VET Student Loans Act 2016.
From 1 January 2021:
- new higher education students must have a USI to apply for Commonwealth assistance (Commonwealth supported place, HECS-HELP assistance, FEE-HELP assistance, OS-HELP assistance)
From 1 January 2023:
- a USI will also be required for applications for SA-HELP assistance.
- a higher education provider can only confer a higher education award on a student who has a USI or has been granted an exemption.
Requesting an exemption from the USI
If you wish to apply for an exemption from having a USI, you can apply using the form below. You will need to outline your reasons for why you wish to be exempt from having a USI and that you understand the consequences of not having a USI.