You can create your USI on the Australian Government website below. You will need at least one valid form of identification.
Acceptable forms of communication include:
Important: The personal details you enter must match those shown on your identification.
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Once you have your USI, you need to share it with IHM so it’s recorded on your student account. You need to provide it to your Student Support Office.Share your USI with IHM
You will need to arrive in Australia, go through customs and only then create a USI.
You don’t need to provide a USI if you meet these criteria:
However, if you intend to come back to Australia before finishing your degree, you must create a USI and provide it to the University at that point.
If you started your course in 2022 or before and finished all your studies abroad, you are exempt from needing a USI.
However, if your course began in 2023 or later and you’re studying entirely overseas, you need to request a USI exemption through the Student Identifiers Registrar. Visit this link to know more and apply for the exemption.
According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA Act), permanent visa holders and New Zealand citizens need to be physically present in Australia to qualify for a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) or HECS-HELP. For detailed information, visit the Australian Government’s CSP page.
To secure your CSP, you must have a USI. However, you can only create a USI and begin your studies after arriving in Australia and clearing customs. If you won’t be able to reach Australia before your course begins, you must apply to postpone the start of your studies.
If you plan to arrive in Australia before your first census date but wish to enrol from overseas, please reach out to us via an inquiry so we can provide the necessary assistance.
Students who started their studies in 2021 or later and are receiving funding from the Australian Commonwealth must have a USI. This applies to several types of Commonwealth funding, including HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, OS-HELP, SA-HELP, Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), Research Training Program (RTP) funding, and Australian Commonwealth grant-funded research scholarships like ARC and NHMRC funding.
Starting from January 1, 2023, students are required to create their USI before becoming eligible for graduation*. Please note that there might be earlier deadlines to ensure your USI is recorded before you complete your course.
*Exemptions: Offshore international students who commenced their studies in 2022 or earlier and won’t be returning to Australia are automatically exempt from the USI requirement.
New students starting their courses in 2022 or later will be asked to provide their USI during the initial course enrolment process.
For those who began their courses before 2022, IHM will send you an email at the appropriate time, requesting your USI. However, you have the option to provide it earlier if you prefer.
Ensuring you submit your USI by the specified deadline is crucial, as it’s a requirement mandated by the Australian government. Failure to comply can lead to severe consequences:
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