From 1 January 2023, all students studying in Australia, including international students, must provide UOW with their USI in order to apply to graduate and receive their award.
However, when you need to provide UOW with your USI depends on a number of factors, including your student type:
All new and returning domestic UOW students who submit a new electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) on SOLS to update their HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP Loan option or who access OS-HELP from January 2021 will need to provide UOW with their USI by Census date of the first session that their new loan applies to. This will also apply to SA-HELP Loans from 1 January 2023.
- UOW College students studying a UOW accredited course from 1 January 2021 will need to provide their USI by Census date.
- UOW College students utilising a HECS-HELP loan, FEE-HELP Loan or VET-HELP loan from 1 January 2021 will need to provide their USI by Census date.
If you are travelling to Australia to study, you must land in Australia and go through customs before you can create a USI using your non-Australian passport and visa as a form of ID. Once you have your USI you must provide it to UOW.
If you are studying offshore (outside of Australia) for the entire duration of your course, you do not need a USI.
More information for International and offshore students >
Students who don’t need a USI
- Offshore and Online campus students that are not residing within Australia for the duration of their course;
- Non-award course students that do not access HECS-HELP, SA-HELP or FEE-HELP Loans do not require a USI. e.g. Summer Master Classes, UniNow, UniLaunch & Transition, Uni Prep Program, Exchange and Study Abroad at UOW, Cross Institutional (unless using a HELP loan), Effective Leadership, UG Enabling courses, Medical Practicum programs, MOOCs; and
- Students that are approved for USI exemption by the Government’s Student Identifier’s Registrar and show this evidence to the University Student Fees team by their first census date. NOTE: this removes any entitlements to Commonwealth Support or assistance.