Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions about undergraduate applications. Click on a link below to expand.
Applications for courses commencing in 2020 – including semester 1 and later teaching periods - open on Monday 5 August 2019. A full list of important dates including closing dates is available from the key dates page.
Applications for courses commencing in summer semester 2019 are open now.
All applications are submitted online. You can find information about the application process and details of how our participating institutions select applicants on this website.
All applicants (except international applicants studying an Australian year 12 program overseas in 2019) must pay a processing fee to cover the cost of processing and assessing your application. If you wish to sit the STAT as part of your application, you will also need to pay a STAT fee to cover the cost of sitting the test.
Different processing and STAT fees will apply depending on the type of courses you are applying for and the timing of your application. This is explained in more detail on our fees page.
If you are applying for courses starting in semester 1 2020 and you submit your application after 30 September 2019 your processing fee will increase.
Similarly, if you initially apply for a course starting in midyear or summer semester 2020, then you change your preferences after 30 September 2019 to include a course starting in semester 1, your fees will increase.
Check the fees page for more information on SATAC fees and charges.
You may be required to supply supporting documents for your qualifications if SATAC is unable to verify your results on your behalf. This may be because you have completed a TAFE/VET qualification or studied overseas. The online application will tell you if you need to submit supporting documents for the qualifications you have claimed.
Yes, if you need to submit supporting documents to SATAC you can upload them online in PDF or JPEG format after you have submitted your application. The online instructions will step you through the process. You can return to your application to add additional documents via My Application.
In most cases, there is no set date for submitting documents because there are different start times for courses and multiple offer round dates throughout the year. SATAC advises you to submit supporting documents as soon as possible after submitting your application.
If you are required to submit a statutory declaration for rural and remote entry to courses at Flinders University or the University of Adelaide, a specific timeframe applies for submitting supporting documentation. Check the course entry details carefully when submitting your application.
If you are currently studying or have recently completed a course and are awaiting supporting documentation, submit it as soon as it is available to you.
Any delay in submitting your documents may affect the outcome of your application.
SATAC does not keep documents submitted in previous applications. If SATAC requests documents in support of your application, you should submit them as soon as possible.
You can apply for a STAT sitting as part of your undergraduate application. The online instructions will step you through the process. If you have already applied but didn’t book a STAT sitting, contact SATAC for assistance.
Assessment times vary depending on your qualifications, when you submitted your application, and when the course(s) you have applied for chooses to make offers.
It is not possible for SATAC to give an exact assessment timeframe, but if you are not awaiting results from current year studies then you may wish to check the progress of your application after approximately 4 weeks.
The timing of offers will depend on a few factors, such as when you submit your application, how long assessment of your application might take and when you become eligible for an offer, and when the course(s) you have applied for chooses to make offers.
For courses starting in semester 1 2020, many courses may not make offers until the 20 December offer round. Some courses may choose to make early offers, but only to those applicants whose assessment is complete and who are not awaiting the results of current year studies.
Check the key dates page for more information.
SATAC does not inform applicants if they have not received an offer, as the institutions may make further offers during the admissions cycle. You can contact us at any time if you wish to check the status of your application.
If you comply with all the application requirements but are unsuccessful and are still interested in studying at tertiary level, you should seek advice directly from the institutions on how you might increase your chances in a future application.