The Unique Student Identifier Number or USI has become an essential identification factor for any student in Australia since its establishment on January 1, 2015.
What is a USI?
This series of numbers and letters are unique to a particular student. It is a way for the Australian government to create an organised and secured record of the recognised qualifications and trainings the student gained from the country, which includes the Vocational Education Training (VET). The National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Collection manages all of the USI accounts. The USI information can easily be accessed via the Internet so it is a pretty convenient way of recordkeeping.
It is now mandatory for those who want to partake an education and/or training in the country to gain the qualification or a statement of attainment, especially for international students. This is an incredibly useful tool if you want to transfer your credits, apply for a job position in the country, or taking further training.
However, if you are international student participating in your studies offshore and has no plans to take your education in the country, then a USI is not required.
You must have an Australian Visa before you can apply for a USI. If you want to create your USI or just learn more about it, clicking here.