The application process
Once you have decided on the courses you want to apply for, and have checked that you're eligible to apply, you can begin your SATAC application.
To apply for an undergraduate course, you will need to complete an online application. We recommend that you complete your application using a desktop computer, rather than a smartphone or tablet.
You can apply through SATAC if you are a domestic applicant or an international year 12 applicant. You are a domestic applicant if you are:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, or
- a New Zealand citizen
There is specific information on this website for international students who are studying a year 12 program in Australia.
Your responsibilities as an applicant
As an applicant it is your responsibility to:
- carefully follow all the instructions within the application whether you are applying for the first time or changing your preferences
- provide all the information sought in the application process and disclose details of all previous attempts at tertiary study as prompted within the online application
- provide all the supporting documentation (if any) required by SATAC to assess your application in time for the offer rounds
- check and ensure you meet to the closing dates of your course preferences
- pay all application fees by the due date
Failure to comply with instruction from SATAC may result in you missing out on an offer.
Registering with SATAC
To begin a new application you will need to register with SATAC and accept the terms and conditions of application.
Make sure that the name you enter matches your official records, e.g. it is the same name that is registered with the board of studies in your home state (the SACE Board in South Australia and the Northern Territory), and use an email address you will have regular access to after you finish your studies for the year.
SATAC will send you important information about your application and any offers you receive via email. If you miss an email from SATAC, you may miss important information about your application or enrolment.
Inside the application
If you are a current (2018) year 12 student you will need your candidate ID number to apply. You can check this number with your school or board of studies. Providing your candidate ID number ensures you are charged the correct fees and allows SATAC to obtain your year 12 results when they are released by your board of studies.
Students who complete tertiary study (e.g. a TAFE/VET Certificate III or higher education level study) as part of Recognised Studies during the SACE/NTCET should enter the details of this qualification separately in the Certificates or Tertiary Studies section of the application, so it can be assessed independently of your year 12 qualification.
You must complete every section of the SATAC application, even if you haven’t done every type of study. You won't be able to submit your application until all sections have been completed and saved.
You can list up to six courses in your SATAC application. Your course selections are known as preferences.
You should list the courses in order of preference, with the course you're most interested in as preference one. Remember, SATAC assumes that your first preference is the course that you most want to study.
If you are applying for courses that start at different times of the year then it's a good idea to list any semester 1 preferences above those with a later start date.
Check the course entry details carefully as you're adding your preferences. The course entries contain important information about the course, it's entry requirements, and closing dates.
Some courses have specific closing dates and change of preference deadlines.
Applying for the STAT
You may choose to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) to meet the entry requirements for some courses. If you apply for a course that considers the STAT, and you meet the age requirements, you will be able to book a sitting online.
You may also choose to submit details about your work and/or life experience, but you should check first whether you are eligible to apply in this way and which criteria the course(s) you're interested in will consider.
Seeking special consideration of your application
If you feel that you have special circumstances that may have disadvantaged you in your previous studies (e.g. a long-term medical condition), you may seek special consideration as part of the SATAC application process. If you request special consideration for your application you will be able to download a confidential questionnaire and information on the supporting documentation that is required to support your application.
Please note that students currently in year 12 cannot seek special consideration through the SATAC process.
In South Australia and the Northern Territory, year 12 students who have special circumstances should seek consideration from the SACE Board.
Accessing a partially completed application
If you are unable to complete your SATAC application in one sitting you can log out at any time. You can access your partially completed application by logging in with your username and password via My Application.
Submitting your application
When you submit your application, SATAC confirms that it has been received by emailing you an acknowledgement of your application. Check this email carefully and advise SATAC immediately if you spot any errors. Your email will also contain your SATAC reference number. Your SATAC reference number is a unique nine-digit number that SATAC will use for identification purposes, so it’s important that you keep a record of it.
Online application services
Once you have submitted your application you will be able to use SATAC’s online services to provide any documents that we may need to complete the assessment of your application, change your preferences, update your contact details and check your offer status.
Pay your fees
You are required to pay an application fee to apply for courses through SATAC.
It is important to ensure you understand the fees you are being charged as fees paid to SATAC are not refundable. You can pay your fees online using a Visa or MasterCard, or you can print a tax invoice and pay offline.
Submit supporting documents
If you need to supply documents to SATAC in support of your application you can upload them online. Supporting documents for your qualifications should include a copy of the parchment and academic transcript showing you have completed the course, the results obtained for your studies, and the grading scheme used by your institution.
In most cases, such as if you have recently completed year 12 or university study, SATAC will attempt to access the documents on your behalf.
How will I know if I need to provide supporting documents?
The Documents section of your application will tell you if you need to supply supporting documents. You can either attach the documents required online as .pdf or .jpg files, or you can print a document cover sheet and provide your documents to SATAC in hardcopy.
There may be delays in assessing your qualifications if you do not supply the correct documentation in support of your application. If you are required to provide documents for current year (2018) studies, submit these as soon as they are available.
If you are sending documents in hard copy do not send irreplaceable originals e.g. your year 12 certificate or degree parchment. SATAC does not return documents, and we do not keep documents submitted in previous years.
Studies undertaken overseas
If any of your documents are in a language other than English, you must submit copies of both the original documents and the full translation. Copies of official transcripts and parchments may be attached to your online application as scans of original documents, however if you are submitting them as a hard copy, the documents must be certified copies. Transcript translations must show results for all subjects undertaken. All translations must be completed by an independent accredited translator. It is your responsibility to comply with any requests by SATAC to provide further documentation, either in the original language or translated into English.
Certification of documents
You must supply certified copies of all documents submitted in hard copy. You may bring your original documents in person to SATAC’s front counter where SATAC staff will photocopy them, stamp the photocopies as ‘original sighted’ and sign them. You may also take your original documents, together with photocopies to the issuing authority e.g. year 12 Board of Studies, Registrar of a tertiary institution or to a Justice of the Peace or similar for certification. The person who certifies the photocopies must attest to having sighted the originals of the documents concerned.
If you are residing interstate, you may take your original documents in person to another tertiary admissions centre, i.e. UAC in New South Wales, QTAC in Queensland, VTAC in Victoria or TISC in Western Australia for certification. A fee is charged for this service.
Supplementary exam results
If you are sitting supplementary examinations, you will need to provide a copy of your results as soon as they are available. SATAC cannot obtain these results for you. Submit the results as soon as they are available but note that in most cases, they will be too late to affect the outcome of your application. Special arrangements may be made to accept results from supplementary examinations which have been granted on medical grounds. If this applies to you, advise SATAC as soon as possible.
When you send or bring documents to SATAC after you have submitted your application, make sure they are clearly marked with your current name and your SATAC reference number.
For more about submitting supporting documents download the fact sheet.
Update your personal details
If you need to update or amend your personal details, such as your date of birth or name, or if you need to change or add to your qualifications, you will need to contact SATAC in writing. These details cannot be changed online once you’re your application has been submitted.
You can send any changes to SATAC using the online enquiry form.
Changing preferences includes changing the order of existing preferences and adding new preferences to an application for the first time. Once you have submitted your application you can check or change your preferences online.
Change of preference deadline
If you wish to change your preferences you must do so by Thursday 3 January 2019 to be guaranteed equal consideration. An earlier deadline may apply for some courses, check the course entry for details.
Preference changes will not be accepted between 3 January and the main January offer round. This includes both online and any changes of preference submitted in writing. You will need to wait until after the main January offer round has been emailed to access this service again.
Check your STAT score online
If you sit the STAT in South Australia or the Northern Territory in 2018, SATAC will receive your results from ACER approximately two weeks later. Once your results are received you will be able to check them online. SATAC will also send you a written statement of your results.
Statutory declaration for rural and remote entry to courses
A number of courses at Flinders University and the University of Adelaide have a subquota of places for eligible students applying for rural or remote entry. Applicants who are are eligible to apply for rural and remote entry to such courses must submit a statutory declaration to SATAC within ten working days if applying for a Flinders University course, or five working days if applying for a program at the University of Adelaide, of submitting their SATAC application. You can download a copy of the statutory declaration form below.
For further information on rural and remote entry, please check the individual course entries.
If you receive an offer, SATAC will notify you on behalf of the institutions by emailing the offer to the email address provided in your application.
SATAC will offer you the highest preference in your preference list that you are both eligible to apply for and sufficiently competitive. If you receive an offer to your first preference you will not need to take any further action through SATAC, we will automatically accept the offer on your behalf. Your next step will be to read the offer letter carefully and follow the instructions on how to enrol in your course.
If you receive an offer to your second or a lower preference, you can be considered for your higher preferences in future offer rounds by selecting the appropriate response to your offer.
Your offer letter will explain how to respond to your offer.
Offer round dates
There are many offer rounds throughout the admission year, and whether you receive an offer in a particular round depends on a number of factors including the timing of your application, and whether assessment of your application has been completed. Offers are emailed by 5pm on offer round dates.
Deferment means that your place in a course will be held by the institutions for you until the following year.
Most offers are deferrable, but you should check the individual course entry for information. If deferment is allowed for the course you have been offered, you may apply for deferment online by logging in to your application and updating your response in the Offer Status section.
Once you have applied for deferment, SATAC will notify the institution. Towards the end of the deferment period the institution will email you directly with instructions on how to enrol in the course. It is important you keep an eye on your email inbox, junk and spam folder to ensure you don’t miss any important emails from the institution, as you won’t receive any reminders from SATAC.
Enrolling in your course
Once you have accepted an offer, the institution will send you an email with information about how to enrol in your course. It is important you follow the information and meet any deadlines outlined by the institution. If you have any questions about the enrolment process, you should contact the institution directly, as soon as possible.
Withdrawing from a course after enrolment
If you enrol in a course but then withdraw before the census date, do not assume that you have an automatic right to enrol in the same course in a future year. The institutions’ rules vary - you may be allowed to defer, or you may be required to re-apply. You are strongly advised to seek advice from the institution and consider your individual situation carefully before you make the decision to withdraw.
Credit is also known as status, advanced standing, or recognition of prior learning. If you plan to apply for credit for previous study, you should seek advice from the institution before you enrol. The institution will advise you of the application process and any documentation they may require e.g. subject syllabuses.
SATAC does not provide advice about applying for credit, or your eligibility to do so.
If you are applying for a higher education course it is important to understand how much your study might cost. Course costs will depend on the type of course you enrol in, and whether you are a Commonwealth supported student or a fee-paying student.
You can find information on the fees associated with studying individual courses on the respective institutions' websites.
Applicants not selected
If you comply with all the application requirements but are unsuccessful and are still interested in studying at postgraduate level, you should seek advice directly from the institutions on how you might increase your chances in a future application.