Training in 2015 (and beyond)? You’ll need a USI

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In a major step towards making unnecessary training a thing of the past, the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Office opened its doors in mid-October 2014.

Every year, many Australians build and sharpen their skills by undertaking nationally recognised training. And getting the right skills when and where industry needs them is a key building block to Australia’s future prosperity. The USI will build a structure that supports targeted training for the needs of industry.

For Australian industry and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, the USI information means:

  • less time in waiting for job applicants to confirm their nationally recognised training qualifications

  • evidence-based smarter regulation for the reduction of poor quality training

  • sharing of training information will make it easier for training providers and for Australian businesses

  • greater efficiency in managing interactions with governments and regulators, simplifying government VET program eligibility and entitlement processing.

Let your staff know that they’ll need a USI for their nationally recognised training next year. From 1 January 2015, a USI is needed before training organisations can issue any student their statement of attainment or certificate. It’s also a reporting requirement for your training organisation in 2015.

Therefore, to save time on their enrolment day, ask your staff to get USI ready by creating a USI now. They’ll also start to create a lifetime record of all their training. And they can get to it online anytime and anywhere.

We’re also encouraging employers that are delivering nationally recognised training in 2015 to get their staff to create a USI now. It will make enrolments easier and reporting more streamlined.

To support this transition, the USI office is helping to make creating a student USI an easy and simple journey. If you or your staff need more information go to