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From the 1st of January 2015 all students undertaking training in Australia will need to have a Unique Student Identifier or a USI for short.
Training Providers have an important role to play in collecting and creating USI’s.
A USI is a combination of letters and numbers unique to each student and will give them online access to their USI account containing all their training records and results.
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The introduction of the USI will link with the new national VET data collection and reporting requirements.
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The USI will provide a range of benefits for the National Training System and these will grow over time.
For many training providers the USI will help with enrolling students and streamline the assessment of course prerequisites, credit transfers and prior learning.
Nationally registered Training Providers will be required to collect and verify USIs from students.
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You might also choose to assist your students by offering to create USIs on their behalf through the USI system. But remember you must have permission from your students to create a USI on their behalf.
Training Providers can choose different methods of communicating with the USI system and each training provider should find one that suits their business model.
Most training providers will use their Student Management System to allow their business to communicate seamlessly with the USI system.
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It is also possible to complete training provider USI processes via the USI website.
Once you have student USIs these will be included in the new national data reporting requirements for AVETMISS and as a training provider.
You will have a responsibility to keep USIs safe and secure.
The Unique Student Identifier, stream lining student records for the future.
USI, bringing your skills together.
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