Unique Student Identifier (USI)

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 made up of a combination of ten numbers and letters, and is unique to you. It also creates an online record of your training attainments in Australia. 

The Government is extending the use of the Unique Student Identifier (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 2021, new higher education students will need a USI in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Commonwealth financial assistance HECS-HELPFEE-HELP and OS-HELP.

From 1 January 2023 all higher education students, including those who commenced prior to 2021, must have a USI in order to graduate and receive their award.

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 and OS-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 and OS-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 and OS-HELP)

You do not need to apply for a USI at this stage.

I am a new international student studying at ANU for the first time from 1 January 2021

You do not need to apply for a USI at this stage.

I am a current international student

You do not need to apply for a USI at this stage.
I plan to graduate in 2023 but I started before 2021. If you are graduating after 1 January 2023, you will be required to provide a USI.  During the course of 2021 and 2022, ANU will advise all continuing students how they will be able to provide their USI.

 

When do I need to get a USI?

From the 4th of December 2020 ANU will require students to provide their USI on their electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF).   The eCAF will be available to students through the Task Wizard in Interactive student information system (ISIS).

As per the 2021 requirements; this will apply if you are a new domestic higher education student in 2021 or a current domestic student seeking Commonwealth financial assistance (HECS-HELPFEE-HELP and OS-HELP) for the first time.

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.

If you are a continuing student who has a Commonwealth Supported Place or who has previously accessed Commonwealth financial assistance through HECS-HELPFEE-HELP and OS-HELP, you are not required to provide your USI unless you are transferring degrees, in which case ANU will require you provide your USI in your new eCAF.

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 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.