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New students in 2021 will require a USI

24 September 2020

New students in 2021 will require a USI

From 1 January 2021, new higher education students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) in order to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance (Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and/or HELP loan). It will be a mandatory field on the electronic Commonwealth assistance form (eCAF) for new students.

You can apply for a USI at any time at www.usi.gov.au/your-usi/create-usi. You will need at least one form of valid identification and about five minutes to create one.

If you have previously completed any VET or TAFE study, you may already have a USI. It can be easily retrieved at www.usi.gov.au/faqs/find-your-usi.

You may be asked to provide your USI at enrolment, so we recommend applying for one, or retrieving your existing one, as soon as possible.

You can get a USI at any time at www.usi.gov.au.