If you are undertaking a higher education qualification, you need a USI in order to receive FEE-HELP, as well as to obtain your qualification on graduation. A USI – Unique Student Identifier is your individual education identifier for life. It also creates an online record of your training attainments in Australia.
A USI is for life. You only have to create it once.
Amendments were made in June 2020 to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA):
If you have previously completed any VET or TAFE study, you may already have a USI. Check if you have one now.
Students from New Zealand will not be able to create a USI using their New Zealand passport until their passport has been registered with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
International students studying offshore
International students studying offshore with the Sydney College of Divinity do not need a USI. This also applies to New Zealand citizens.
You can apply for a USI at any time. You will need at least one form of valid identification and about five minutes to create one.
You may be asked to provide your USI at enrolment, so we recommend applying for one, or retrieving your existing one, as soon as possible.