Ian Macfarlane MP, recently announced the passing of the Student Identifiers Act 2014 through the Senate. The Unique Student Identifier scheme will start on the 1st January 2015 and transcripts will become available in 2016.
What does the Unique Student Identifier scheme mean for you?
The Unique Student Identifier scheme will create a central, national online database for your Vocational Education and Training (VET) records. Every VET student will get a Unique Student Identifier (USI), basically a reference code made up of numbers and letters, which will stay with you for life.
All your training records will be linked to your USI so that you can find, combine and authenticate all your VET achievements in a single transcript. The online USI database will give you much greater control over your educational information. Ultimately, it will be much easier for you to provide information about your training achievements when you apply for jobs, update your resume or apply for training credit.
Currently, you cannot access your training records from a single source. If your former training provider ceases to operate it may no longer be possible to access your training records or have your qualifications verified. The USI database will help to eliminate these “lost” qualifications and ensure you have access to your training records throughout your entire lifetime.
This service will be provided at no cost to you as a student. Your USI will be recorded with any nationally recognised vocational training you commence from the 1st January 2015 when the USI scheme officially starts, though it may be possible to apply for a USI before then.
This is also good news for training providers as it will simplify assessing pre-requisites, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer. USIs are expected to facilitate the development of evidence-based VET programs. Long-term data on course-completions provided by the USI scheme will likely be used in the development of VET sector policy initiatives in the future.
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