Unique student identifier

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is your lifelong education number with the Australian Government.

What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

A USI is your individual education number for life with the Australian Government. If you've studied in the TAFE sector before, you may already have one and they are now being used in Universities as well. From 1 January 2023, all higher education students will need a USI to graduate. Domestic students also need a USI to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance. The types of assistance include a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and HELP loans such as HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, SA-HELP, OS-HELP etc.

Do I need one?

All domestic students will require a USI in order to receive Commonwealth financial assistance (Commonwealth supported place and/or HELP loan/s) and to graduate in 2023 and beyond. International students studying in Australia will also require a USI for graduation purposes.

How to I get a USI?

If you don't have a USI, you can create one through the Australian Government site Get a USI. Make sure that when you create your USI, you record your name correctly so that when you verify it with Deakin, your details will match. This process will take you around 5 minutes to complete. If you have previously studied TAFE in Australia, you may already have a USI. You can use Find your USI to retrieve it.

How do I provide my USI to Deakin?

When you login to StudentConnect, you can save and verify your USI under Personal details on the left hand side menu:

USI verification is located under Personal details in Student Connect

What if I don't provide a verified USI by the required deadline?

Please be aware that failing to provide us with your USI by the nominated deadline we provide you, this may result in your enrolment being cancelled and you being unable to study your course at Deakin. If you are graduating in 2023 and beyond, you will not be permitted to graduate until you provide Deakin with your USI. You should provide Deakin with your USI as soon as possible to avoid this risk.

Find out more

Watch the video below to find our more or visit the Australian Government USI website.

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