Change my UniKey password

Your UniKey lets you access important University systems and resources. It's important that you have a strong password, which is one of the strongest defences against hackers.

What is a strong password?

A strong password has the following key characteristics

The single easiest way to strengthen a password is to increase its length. Different character sets (uppercase letters, numbers, spaces and punctuation) also add to your password strength, although using common replacements (e.g. a to @) often do very little in improving your password's strength.
As an example, a great password is welledPyx@pax!! and a bad password is P@ssw0rd!.

What else do I need to know?

Your new password must also follow the following rules;

  • Your password can only be changed once every 24 hours.
  • Your password must
    • be between 8 and 16 characters long
    • not be one you've used before
    • not contain your UniKey, date of birth, : | & <, spaces or non-ASCII characters (such as emoji)

We additionally check your password against a dynamic blacklist of passwords containing passwords that are known to be actively being abused by hackers and are simply considered not safe for use.

For more general advice about your online identity see our advice on AskSydney


What happens after I change my password?

A password change is often close to instant, but some services can take up to 15 minutes to have your new password.

All your various devices that are signed into University resources should gracefully prompt you for a new password.

For some common offenders that may not, you can use the following guides below

If your account appears to have become locked you can find additional help on AskSydney