Unique Student Identifier (USI)

To enter your USI on ISIS, please follow the pathway: NavBar (Compass Icon) > Navigator > ISIS > Personal Details > Unique Student Identifier

What is the Unique Student Identifier (USI)? 

The USI is a reference number which is used to connect your student loan information to your personal details. Your USI is different to your University ID number, and is instead made up of a combination of ten numbers and letters. Your USI is unique to you and creates an online record of your training attainments in Australia. 

The Government is extending the use of the USI from vocational education and training (VET) to all higher education students.  The Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) was amended in June 2020 to make the USI compulsory from 2021 for certain cohorts of students as it is phased in by 2023.

For more information, please visit https://www.usi.gov.au/higher-education

Do I need to get a USI?

From 1 January 2023, all higher education students, including those who commenced prior to 2021, must have a USI to:

  • be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Commonwealth financial assistance (HECS-HELPFEE-HELPOS-HELP and SA-HELP); or
  • to graduate and receive their award.

Offshore international students do not require a USI if they completed all their study outside of Australia.

Please check the table below for more information.

I am new domestic student, studying at ANU for the first time from 1 January 2021

You must apply for and obtain a USI in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Commonwealth financial assistance through HECS-HELPFEE-HELP , OS-HELP and SA-HELP

I am a current domestic student who wants to claim Commonwealth Financial assistance for the first time

You must apply for and obtain a USI in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Commonwealth financial assistance through HECS-HELPFEE-HELP,  OS-HELP and SA-HELP

I am a current domestic student who has a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) or, who has claimed for Commonwealth Financial Assistance previously (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, OS-HELP and SA-HELP)

You must apply for and obtain a USI in order to continue being eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Commonwealth financial assistance through HECS-HELPFEE-HELP,  OS-HELP and SA-HELP

I am an onshore international student studying at ANU

You will need to apply for and obtain a USI in order to confer your degree at ANU.

I am an offshore international student studying at ANU

If you have completed all your study offshore, you do not need to apply for a USI at this stage.
I finished studying prior to 2023 but have not conferred my degree If you are conferring your degree after 1 January 2023, you will be required to provide a USI. This is the case, regardless of when you completed your last course at ANU.

 

Where do I provide my USI?

You can add your USI in ISIS with the below pathway:

NavBar (Compass Icon) > Navigator > ISIS > Personal Details > Unique Student Identifier

This pathway can also be used to confirm if you have already provided your USI to ANU.

Please note that you will only be able to enter your USI into ISIS once. If you believe that you have made a mistake when entering your USI, please contact Student Central.

We recommend applying for a USI as soon as you have accepted your offer to study at ANU. This way, you'll have your USI ready to go when you enrol in your courses and complete any eCAFs.

Where do I get a USI?

Applying for a USI is fast and free, and you keep the same USI for life. You can apply for a USI in as little as five minutes at https://www.usi.gov.au/

If you have studied a VET course in the last five years, including while at secondary school, you might already have a USI. Locate yours at www.usi.gov.au/faqs/find-your-usi.

Can someone help me apply for a USI?

Someone can create a USI on your behalf, as long as they have your permission and meet one of the roles or relationships outlined by the Office of the Student Identifiers Registrar. Find out more on this page.
 

Where can I go for further information or advice?

To learn more about the USI, you can visit www.usi.gov.au. If you need additional assistance and guidance with understanding the eCAF process, you can also get in touch with Student Central.