What is a USI and how do you apply for one?

A USI is a Unique Student Identifier and is a compulsory requirement for anyone undertaking any training courses through RTO’s, TAFE, Uni, etc. Click on the following link to check out the Student Quick Guide for more information.

Applying for a USI

From 1 January 2015, Sitetrain can be prevented from issuing you with a nationally recognised VET qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a USI. In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER. If you have not yet obtained a USI, you can apply for it directly at https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-usi/ – it is free and easy to apply for.

Alternatively, when you attend any of our courses, you can authorise Sitetrain to apply for a USI on your behalf or to search for your existing USI. For this to happen, you must authorise Sitetrain to do so and declare that you have read the privacy information at https://www.usi.gov.au/documents/privacy-notice-when-rto-applies-their-behalf. You must also provide some additional information which will be on the enrolment form you will receive on the first day of your course.

If you’ve forgotten your USI, please see the link below to search for it.

In accordance with section 11 of the Student Identifiers Act 2014, Sitetrain will securely destroy personal information which we collect from individuals solely for the purpose of applying for a USI on their behalf as soon as practicable after we have made the application of the information is no longer needed for that purpose.

Forgotten your USI?

If you have a USI but have forgotten it, you can easily get it from https://www.usi.gov.au/faqs/i-have-fogotten-my-usi/.


Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, Sitetrain is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).

Your personal information may be used or disclosed by Sitetrain for statistical, administrative, regulatory and research purposes. Sitetrain may disclose your personal information for these purposes to:

  • Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies; and
  • NCVER.

Personal information that has been disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed by NCVER for the following purposes:

  • populating authenticated VET transcripts;
  • facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage;
  • pre-populating RTO student enrolment forms;
  • understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
  • administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.

You may receive a student survey which may be administered by a government department or NCVER employee, agent or third-party contractor or other authorised agencies. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.

NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), the National VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols (including those published on NCVER’s website at www.ncver.edu.au).

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