HITsa Training and Employment – Policy and Procedure
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
All students are required to supply a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Without this USI HITsa Training and Employment is unable to issue certificates for nationally recognised training completed.
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When enrolling into training client must provide HITsa Training and Employment with a USI. If the client does not have a USI at the point of enrolment HITsa Training and Employment will ask the client to create this USI or allow HITsa to create on the client’s behalf.
This is the procedure that HITsa Training and Employment will follow when applying for a USI on your behalf, including what information will be collected from you and how this information will be used during the process.
When applying on your behalf to the Student Identifiers Registrar for a USI, HITsa Training and Employment will provide to the Registrar the following items of personal information about you
your name, including first or given name(s), middle name(s) and surname or family name as they appear in an identification document
you date of birth, as it appears, if shown, in an identification document
your city or town of birth
your country of birth
your contact details
When HITsa Training and Employment applies for a USI on your behalf, the Registrar will verify your identity. The Registrar will verify your identity through the Document Verification Service (DVS) managed by the Attorney-General’s Department which is built into the USI online application process if you have documents such as a Medicare card, birth certificate, driver licence, Australian passport, citizenship document, certificate of registration by descent, ImmiCard or Australian entry visa.
If you do not have a document suitable for the DVS and HITsa Training and Employment is authorized to do so by the Registrar, we may be able to verify your identity by other means. If you do not have any of the identity documents mentioned above, and we are not authorized by the Registrar to verify your identity by other means, we cannot apply for a USI on your behalf and you should contact the Student Identifiers Registrar.
In accordance with section 11 of the Student Identifiers Act 2014 Cth (SI Act), HITsa Training and Employment will securely destroy personal information which we collect from you solely for the purpose of applying for a USI on your behalf as soon as practicable after the USI application has been made or the information is no longer needed for that purpose, unless we are required by or under any law to retain it.
The personal information about you that HITsa Training and Employment provides to the Registrar, including your identity information, is protected by the Privacy Act 1988 Cth (Privacy Act). The collection use and disclosure of your USI are protected by the SI Act.
If you ask HITsa Training and Employment to make an application for a student identifier on your behalf, HITsa Training and Employment will have to declare that HITsa Training and Employment has complied with certain terms and conditions to be able to access the online student identifier portal and submit this application, including a declaration that HITsa Training and Employment has given you the following privacy notice:
You are advised and agree that you understand and consent that the personal information you provide to us in connection with your application for a USI:
is collected by the Registrar for the purposes of:
applying for, verifying and giving a USI;
resolving problems with a USI; and
creating authenticated vocational education and training (VET) transcripts;
may be disclosed to:
Commonwealth and State/Territory government departments and agencies and statutory bodies performing functions relating to VET for:
the purposes of administering and auditing Vocational Education and Training (VET), VET providers and VET programs;
education related policy and research purposes; and
to assist in determining eligibility for training subsidies;
VET Regulators to enable them to perform their VET regulatory functions;
VET Admission Bodies for the purposes of administering VET and VET programs;
current and former Registered Training Organisations to enable them to deliver VET courses to the individual, meet their reporting obligations under the VET standards and government contracts and assist in determining eligibility for training subsidies;
schools for the purposes of delivering VET courses to the individual and reporting on these courses;
the National Centre for Vocational Education Research for the purpose of creating authenticated VET transcripts, resolving problems with USIs and for the collection, preparation and auditing of national VET statistics;
researchers for education and training related research purposes;
any other person or agency that may be authorised or required by law to access the information;
any entity contractually engaged by the Student Identifiers Registrar to assist in the performance of his or her functions in the administration of the USI system; and
will not otherwise be disclosed without your consent unless authorised or required by or under law.
Privacy policies and complaints
You may also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner about an interference with privacy pursuant to the Privacy Act, which includes the following:
misuse or interference of or unauthorised collection, use, access, modification or disclosure of USIs; and
a failure by Us to destroy personal information collected by you only for the purpose of applying for a USI on your behalf.