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From 2021 onward, all students studying in Australia will be required to provide Southern Cross University with a Unique Student Identifier (USI). All commencing students will not be able to enrol into units until you have submitted your USI to Southern Cross University. Your USI is free, stays with you for life, and tracks your qualifications and study completed in Australia.

Visit the Unique Student Identifier website to get your USI. You can also find your USI from this website.

What is a USI?

The USI is a reference number made up of a combination of ten numbers and letters. All students studying in Australia are required to have a USI if you are:

  • university students seeking Commonwealth financial assistance
  • undertaking Nationally Recognised Training
  • a higher education student graduating in 2023 or beyond.

Once you create your USI you will be able to:

  • give your USI to each education or training provider you study with
  • view and update your details in your USI account
  • view and download your training records and transcript
  • manage which education or training providers can view your transcript
  • manage which education or training providers can view and/or update your details in your USI account

What you need to do

If you are a commencing student in 2021, you will be asked to provide your USI as part of your Commonwealth Assistance Form, before you enrol. If you have already submitted a Commonwealth Assistance Form but have not provided your USI, please use the USI eForm via myEnrolmentYou must provide your USI prior to the census date of your enrolment.

If you are a continuing student you can provide your USI through the USI eForm via myEnrolment. You must provide your USI by the end of 2022.

Unique Student Identifier Eform

What happens if I don’t get a USI?

The Australian Government has advised that all domestic and onshore overseas students require a USI to study and graduate from an Australian University.

If you do not provide a USI, or SCU cannot verify your USI with the Australian Government, you may not be able to graduate or receive any form of Commonwealth Assistance. This means you will be charged the Fee-Paying rate, with no access to HELP loans, or you may lose your place in your course.

What do I do if my student USI is invalid?

If you are advised by us that the USI you supplied is invalid, we will let you know the reason, such as:

  • The USI you provided doesn’t match exactly as it has been provided to you

For example, you have included spaces or lowercase letters, or you’ve made a typo in the string of numbers and letters; or

  • The personal details you have given us don’t match the details recorded with the USI Registry

For example, if you recently changed your name and forgot to update it in your USI record, or you listed your name as John Brown on your study application but John Samuel Brown in the USI Registry. We recommend double checking that your details are accurate and up to date across all three places.

If you do realise you’ve made a mistake and supplied us with the wrong information, please email enquiry@scu.edu.au and we’ll let you know what you need to do to update your record. If the mismatch is with the USI Registry you will need to contact them and go through their process to update the information.

If you have any further questions about finding or creating a USI, feel free to contact us and we can walk you through it. Or find more information on the government’s USI website. You can also download a PDF guide on How to submit your Unique Student Identifier (USI) and check it is valid.

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