The announcement of the federal election has postponed the implementation of the Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative for VET. On August 5th, the Official Secretary of the Governor General read the Governor-General’s Proclamation to prorogue (discontinue) the Parliament and dissolve the House of Representatives. The federal election is scheduled for Saturday 7 September 2013 (http://www.aec.gov.au/).
The Student Identifiers Bill 2013, which includes the USI initiative, was listed for debate in the Winter Sittings 2013. As the legislative program in the Winter Sittings of Parliament was full, and the federal election has now been called, the Bill has not been considered by the Parliament.
As a consequence, the Unique Student Identifier initiative will no longer commence on the 1st January 2014.
Unique Student Identifiers (USI) are an exciting development in the Vocational Training Industry, promising to:
- Seamlessly link all information about a student’s achievements in Vocational Training, no matter where they studied.
- Provide a single, accessible location for students to access digital transcripts of their achievements.
- Provide students with more control, and access, to their own educational information.
The USI is a randomly generated alpha-numeric code that will be given to the student and stay with that student for life. It will be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course undertaken by the student from the time the USI scheme comes into effect.
For more information, see our article explaining Unique Student Identifiers.
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