Universities Bonus Schemes

SATAC administers two bonus points schemes based on rules provided by its member universities. The two schemes are the Universities Equity Scheme and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme.

The Universities Equity Scheme awards 5 bonus points for eligible students, and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme awards 2 or 4 points for eligible students. An individual student can receive a maximum of 9 bonus points under both schemes.

Any bonuses will be added to the university aggregate from which selection ranks are calculated. The selection rank will then be the ATAR which corresponds to the revised aggregate.

Selection ranks adjusted for bonus points do not appear on the Tertiary Entrance Statement (TES) issued to SACE/NTCET students because they are only specific to SA/NT courses/programs.

Universities Equity Scheme

The Universities Equity Scheme will provide bonuses in two ways: bonuses for all students in certain specified schools and bonuses for individuals in other schools. Eligible students will receive five bonus points in the calculation of their selection ranks.

The Scheme will apply to all courses offered by Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, CQUniversity Australia, Tabor College of Higher Education and Torrens University Australia.

School-based bonuses

South Australian and Northern Territory schools attracting equity bonuses will be identified using criteria agreed to by SATAC’s member universities which consider:

  • schools’ remoteness as defined under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification
  • the ‘participation rate’ (the percentage of students in each school gaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR))
  • the mean ATAR achieved in each school
  • schools’ Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage.

Interstate schools attracting equity bonuses will be identified using a subset of these criteria, which consider:

  • schools’ remoteness as defined under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification
  • schools’ Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage.

For enquiries regarding equity bonuses for interstate schools contact SATAC.

Schools attracting bonuses will be identified on an annual basis when data for all criteria becomes available. SATAC contacts all SA/NT schools each year regarding whether their students will be eligible for a schools-based bonus in the following year. The classification of individual schools may change from year to year.

Students will not need to apply for a school-based bonus — any such bonuses will automatically be applied by SATAC in the calculation of students’ selection ranks.

Eligible schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory

To download a list of schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory whose students completing the SACE/NTCET in 2017 or earlier will qualify for equity bonuses under the Universities Equity Scheme for entry to university in 2018, click the link below.

Universities Equity Scheme - eligible schools SA/NT 2017 (61.7kb PDF)

To download a list of schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory whose students completing the SACE/NTCET in 2018 or earlier will qualify for equity bonuses under the Universities Equity Scheme for entry to university in 2019, click the link below.

Universities Equity Scheme - eligible schools SA/NT 2018 (63.3kb PDF)

Individual bonuses

Students in other schools will be able to make an application under the Scheme to demonstrate their individual disadvantage. Students will be eligible under the Scheme where, during the year they gain their ATAR:

  • they or their parents are in receipt of a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment, or
  • they or their parents are the holders of a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • they are the holder of a School Card (under the Government of South Australia’s School Card scheme).

Details of students who receive an individual equity bonus will be stored by SATAC so that they can receive their equity bonus in future applications (while they are still eligible to apply on the basis of their year 12 studies).

Application for individual bonuses

Students can apply for consideration under the Universities Equity Scheme when completing their 2019 Undergraduate application from the SATAC website. Applications for the Scheme will not be available from the universities’ websites.

For more information about individual bonuses read our frequently asked questions.

Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme

The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme encourages students to strengthen their preparation for undergraduate studies by undertaking a language other than English, or specified English and Mathematics subjects.

The Scheme will apply to all courses offered by Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Tabor College of Higher Education and Torrens University Australia except:

Charles Darwin University

  • 114831 Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine

Flinders University

  • 214941 Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine

The University of Adelaide

  • 314552 Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
  • 314553 Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Bonded Medical place)
  • 324491 Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

The Scheme does not apply to courses offered by CQUniversity Australia.

In this Scheme, students will be awarded two points, up to a maximum of four points, for successfully completing a subject in any one of these four categories:

  • 20 credits of a LOTE in the Languages Learning Area (two 10 credit Australian indigenous language subjects can be paired in lieu of a 20 credit LOTE). Please note that the subject Language and Culture does not attract a bonus.
  • 2ESH20 English or 2ELS20 English Literary Studies.
  • 2MHS20 Mathematical Methods.
  • 2MSC20 Specialist Mathematics.

Successful completion is defined as gaining an Overall Grade of C- or better. Because the Scheme is designed to encourage enrolments in these subjects rather than reward outcomes, no higher bonuses will be granted for higher achievement.

Students will not need to apply for the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme — any such bonuses will automatically be applied by SATAC.

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