Unique Student Identifier

Since 1 January 2015, everyone who undertakes nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation needs to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of numbers and letters that gives students access to their USI account.

A USI will allow an individual's USI account to be linked to the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Collection, allowing an individual to see all of their training results from all providers, including all completed training units and qualifications from 1 January 2015 onwards. This USI will stay with the student for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from when the USI comes into effect.

(Please note this legislative change applies to all RTO’s for recording Nationally Recognised Training only).

A USI account will make it easier for students to find, collate and authenticate their VET achievements into a single transcript. It will also ensure that students' VET records are not lost. Your USI account is free and easy to set up online, and we can even help you out if you need it.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Australian Government Department of Industry website.

We Can Apply For You

If you do not already have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) you can approve for Master Builders to apply for a USI on your behalf.

If you approve for Master Builders to apply for a USI to the Student Identifiers Registrar (Registrar) on your behalf, Master Builders will provide to the Registrar the following:

  • Your name, including first or given name(s), middle name(s) and surname or family name as they appear in an identification document
  • Your date of birth, as it appears, if shown, on the chosen document of identity
  • Your city, town and country of birth
  • Your gender and contact details

When we apply for a USI on your behalf the Registrar will verify your identity through the Document Verification Service (DVS) managed by the Attorney-General’s Department, which is built into the USI online application process if you have documents such as a Medicare card, birth certificate, driver’s licence, Australian passport, citizenship document, certificate of registration by descent, ImmiCard or Australian entry visa.

If you don’t have a document suitable for the DVS and we are authorised to do so by the Registrar, we may be able to verify your identity by other means. If you do not have any of the identity documents mentioned above, and we are not authorised by the Registrar to verify your identity by other means, we cannot apply for a USI on your behalf and you should contact the Student Identifiers Registrar directly.

In accordance with section 11 of the Student Identifiers Act 2014 Cth (SI Act), we will securely destroy personal information that we collect from you solely for the purpose of applying for a USI on your behalf as soon as practicable after the USI application has been made or the information is no longer needed for that purpose, unless we are required by or under any law to retain it.

Unique Student Identifier Privacy Notice

The personal information about you that we provide to the Registrar, including your identity information, is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 Cth (Privacy Act). The collection, use and disclosure of your USI are protected by the SI Act.

If you ask Master Builders to make an application for a student identifier on your behalf, we’ll have to declare that Master Builders has complied with certain terms and conditions to be able to access the online student identifier portal and submit this application, including a declaration that we have given you the following privacy notice:

You are advised and agree that you understand and consent that the personal information you provide to us in connection with your application for a USI:

  • Is collected by the Registrar for the purposes of:
    • Applying for, verifying and giving a USI
    • Resolving problems with a USI and
    • Creating authenticated vocational education and training (VET) transcripts.
  • May be disclosed to:
    • Commonwealth and State/Territory government departments and agencies and statutory bodies.
    • Performing functions relating to VET for:
      • The purposes of administering and auditing Vocational Education and Training (VET), VET providers and VET programs
      • Education-related policy and research purposes and
      • To assist in determining eligibility for training subsidies.
    • VET Regulators to enable them to perform their VET regulatory functions
    • VET Admission bodies for the purposes of administering VET and VET programs
    • Current and former Registered Training Organisations to enable them to deliver VET courses to the individual, meet their reporting obligations under the VET standards and government contracts and assist in determining eligibility for training subsidies
    • Schools for the purposes of delivering VET courses to the individual and reporting on these courses
    • The National Centre for Vocational Education Research for the purpose of creating authenticated VET transcripts, resolving problems with USIs and for the collection, preparation and auditing of national VET statistics
    • Researchers for education and training-related research purposes
    • Any other person or agency that may be authorised or required by law to access the information
    • Any entity contractually engaged by the Student Identifiers Registrar to assist in the performance of his or her functions in the administration of the USI system.
  • Will not otherwise be disclosed without your consent unless authorised or required by or under law.

For further information on the USI privacy policies and complaints visit www.usi.gov.au

For information about how Master Builders collects, uses and discloses your personal information generally, including how you can make a complaint about a breach of privacy, please refer to Master Builders’ Privacy Policy at mbqld.com.au/privacy

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