USI Number

From 1 January 2015 all students will be required to have a USI. You will need it to enrol (or re-enrol) at South Metropolitan TAFE.

It's easy...follow these 6 simple steps

 

  • STEP 1: Have at least one form of ID ready: Driver's License, Australian Passport, Medicare Card, Birth Certificate, Visa (with non-Australian Passport), Immigration Card or Citizenship Certificate.
  • STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready: Address, email and/or phone number.
  • STEP 3: Visit usi.gov.au and click on 'Create a USI'.
  • STEP 4: Agree to the terms and conditions and follow the steps.
  • STEP 5: Write your unique number down and keep it somewhere handy and safe.
  • STEP 6: Bring this number with you when you enrol. 

For more information call 1800 001 001, email info@smtafe.wa.edu.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A USI?
A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of numbers and/or letters that gives you access to your USI account. This USI will stay with you for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised Vocational Education Training courses that you undertake from January 2015.​
WHAT IS A USI ACCOUNT?​
This is an online account controlled by you which keeps all your training records and results together. Each time you enrol to study with a new training organisation, your USI will be used to store your training records and results.
HOW CAN I OBTAIN A USI?​
​You will be able to log into the USI System www.usi.gov.au, accept the Terms and Conditions, enter some personal details and receive the USI back in real time.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL I NEED TO HAVE TO GET A USI?​
​You will need a form of ID, contact details and personal information. A list of acceptable ID is on the USI website. 
​WHY DO I NEED A USI?
​The USI will allow you to have easier and more reliable online access to your record of training history (from January 2015). You will also be able to produce a comprehensive transcript of your training. This can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training.
​WHAT IF I FORGET OR LOSE MY USI?
​There are instructions at www.usi.gov.au  on how to recover your USI.
​WILL I NEED MY USI BEFORE ENROLLING INTO COURSES?
​Yes, at Challenger Institute we require you to provide us with a USI in order to enrol
​IS MY USI DIFFERENT TO MY CHALLENGER INSTITUTE STUDENT IDENTIFICATION (ID) NUMBER?
​Yes. If you have studied at South Metropolitan TAFE previously or are a new student at South Metropolitan TAFE you will have a separate student identification number which is used to identify you and to log into any institute systems. Your USI number is only used to access your records and to enrol at South Metropolitan TAFE.​
​WHICH NUMBER WILL I NEED TO GET MY LIBRARY CARD OR TO APPLY FOR TRAVEL CONCESSIONS?
​You will need your South Metropolitan TAFE Identification number to apply for both library student card and Transperth Smartrider card.
​WILL I STILL RECEIVE MY CERTIFICATE FROM MY TRAINING PROVIDER?
​You will not receive a copy of your Certificate from South Metropolitan TAFE unless you have provided your USI and paid all outstanding fees.
​HOW CAN I SEE MY TRAINING RECORDS?
​Your Training records will be available through the USI system from June 2015.  If you require training records prior to June 2015, please contact the Academic Records Centre (ARC) for studies done at South Metropolitan TAFE or with your respective training organisation if completed at other RTOs. Challenger's ARC can be reached at academic.records@smtafe.wa.edu.au
​IS THERE A CHARGE INVOLVED IN GETTING A USI?
​No. A USI will be available free-of-charge for all individuals undertaking nationally recognised training.
​CAN I USE MY USI FOR UNIVERSITY?
​Initially, the new initiative will only apply to VET students. The Federal Government has indicated an interest in extending it to other education sectors, although any such extension would be subject to future decisions.
WHO HAS ACCESS TO SEE MY USI?
​You can give access to a Training Provider to view and/or update your USI account or view training records.   However South Metropolitan TAFE will not keep a record of your USI outside of their Student Management Systems.
​WHAT IF I CHANGE MY NAME?
​​The details you enter must be the same as shown on your form of ID. If you have changed your name since obtaining your USI then you may update your personal details to match your new form of ID. 
​DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS NEED A USI?
​Yes. All students studying an accredited national recognised course within Australia will need to obtain a USI. If you are an international student please contact Education Training International for more information.​
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