If you’re going to university in 2021, it is now compulsory for you to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
You must have a USI to be eligible for Commonwealth assistance when studying, such as access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) and a HELP loan.
If you have done any VET or TAFE study in the past, you may already have a USI. If not, it’s completely free to create one, and it stays with you for life.
Find out more about the change and how you can apply for a USI here: https://www.usi.gov.au/higher-education