Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, all students doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes students doing Vocational Education Training (VET) in schools.

A USI is a reference number made up of numbers and letters. Creating a USI is free. It creates a secure online record of your nationally recognised training that you can access anytime and anywhere, and it’s yours for life.

The USI is linked to the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Collection, and this means an individual’s nationally recognised training and qualifications gained anywhere in Australia, from different training organisations, will be kept all together.

The USI will:

  • link a student's VET achievements, regardless of where in Australia they did the course
  • let students easily access secure digital transcripts of their achievements (transcripts will be available from April 2016)
  • give students more control over their VET information.

For more information on USI please visit

How to apply for a USI

You can use any one of the following methods to apply for a USI:

  • Directly through the USI website at Once you obtain your USI, you must provide it to Duke College.
  • Duke College can apply for a USI on your behalf. If you would like Duke College to apply for a USI on your behalf, please download the USI form from the link below and return it to Duke College.