Key Dates for Applying to University in Australia

It doesn’t matter which state you live in or where you complete your Year 12 studies, you can apply to any course at any university in Australia, if you meet the eligibility criteria specific to that course and that university.

So if you’re planning on continuing your education after you leave Year 12, you’re going to have to choose what course you would like to do and which universities you would most like to study at.

If you haven’t already decided on your preferences, then it’s time to get your skates on and get organised. You’ll need to decide on the courses you want to study and the University or other institution that you want to study at.

Just to make life interesting, each state has different application processes, so we’ve put together a quick guide to the key dates you need to be aware of.

Queensland

QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) are the centralised applications service for all publicly funded Queensland Universities. All the information you’ll need to know about courses, universities, applying to a University in Queensland and more, can be found at: https://www.qtac.edu.au/

Applications

You can lodge your application to QTAC right now (applications were opened on 2nd August 2018).

You should aim to complete your application to QTAC before the 7th December 2018. Bear in mind the earlier you get your application in, the earlier you’ll be considered for an offer. But if for some reason you’re falling behind with your application, the absolute last date you can apply and still be considered for the first main round of offers is the 14th December 2018.

Preferences

You can choose up to SIX preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing six preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.

When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

OP Results

QCAA will publish final Year 12 results and OPs in student learning accounts on the Student Connect website on the 15th December 2018.

Last date to change preferences

Once you’ve received your OP results, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.

If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your OP result. You’ll have to make sure that you change your preferences by 4.30pm on the 8th January 2019, after that you won’t be able to alter your application before the first round of offers.

Offers

Once you’ve submitted your final preferences and the cut-off window has passed, you can expect to start receiving offer notifications from the 16th January 2019.

Victoria

VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) are the centralised applications service for all publicly funded Victorian Universities. All the information you’ll need to know about courses, universities, applying to a University in Victoria and more, can be found at: http://www.vtac.edu.au/

Applications

You can lodge your application to VTAC right now (applications opened on the 6th August 2018).

You should aim to complete your application to VTAC before the 27th September 2018. Bear in mind the earlier you get your application in, the earlier you’ll be considered for an offer. The fee for lodging an application by that date will be $36.00.

If for some reason you’re falling behind with your application, according to the VTAC website, you can still lodge by the 2nd November 2018 (the late processing fee then jumps up to $105). The absolute last date you can apply and still be considered for the first main round of offers is the 7th December 2018 (the processing fee then is $137).

However, when we spoke to VTAC to confirm these dates, they advised us that the latest you should get your application in to ensure you make it into the main round of offers is by the 31st October 2018. We would strongly advise you take heed of the October cut-off date to avoid disappointment, alternatively contact VTAC directly yourself.

Other applications

Scholarship applications to VTAC close on 12th October 2018.

SEAS applications to VTA close on 12th October 2018.

Preferences

You can choose up to EIGHT preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing eight preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.

When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

ATAR Score Results

VCAA will post final Year 12 results and ATARs from 7am on the 14th December 2018.

Last date to change preferences

Once you’ve received your ATAR, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.

If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your ATAR. You’ll have to make sure that you change your preferences between 10am and 4pm on the 4th January 2019, after that you won’t be able to alter your application before the first round of offers.

Offers

Once you’ve submitted your final preferences and the cut-off window has passed, you can expect to start receiving offer notifications from the 16th January 2019.

South Australia & Northern Territory

SATAC processes applications for courses offered at participating universities and higher education providers in South Australia and the Northern Territory. All the information you’ll need to know about courses, universities, applying to a University in SA or the NT and more, can be found at: http://www.satac.edu.au/

Applications

Applications for courses starting in 2019 are open at SATAC now (applications opened on the 6th August 2018).

You should aim to complete your application to SATAC before the 28th September 2018. Bear in mind the earlier you get your application in, the earlier you’ll be considered for an offer. Fees for applications submitted by this date are $40.

The absolute last date you can apply and still be considered for the first main round of offers is the 3rd December 2018 (late processing fees of $175 will apply).

Preferences

You can choose up to SIX preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing six preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.

When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

ATAR Score Results

As yet there has been no formal announcement of the release date for ATARs in SA & the NT. When we spoke to SACE, they advised us that the date would most likely be released at the start of Term 4 on their website. So check here https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/ for updates. In previous years, the release date has been in the week before Christmas.

Last date to change preferences

Once you’ve received your ATAR, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.

If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your ATAR. You’ll have to make sure that you change your preferences by the 3rd January 2019, after that you won’t be able to alter your application before the first round of offers.

Offers

Once you’ve submitted your final preferences and the cut-off window has passed, you can expect to start receiving email offer notifications by 5pm on the 15th January 2019.

Tasmania

UTAS (University of Tasmania) process their applications for courses they offer at all their campuses. All the information you’ll need to know about courses, campuses, applying to a UTAS and more, can be found at: http://www.utas.edu.au/

Applications

Applications for courses starting in 2019 are open at UTAS now (applications opened in early August 2018).

You should aim to complete your application to UTAS before 5pm on the 28th September 2018. Bear in mind the earlier you get your application in, the earlier you’ll be considered for an offer. There are no application fees for UTAS, and you can apply online, by phone or in person.

So if you miss the cut-off date in September, it would be worth contacting UTAS directly to find out your options, if you want to study with them.

Further offer rounds do happen, the second week of Semester 1 (March 2019) is the last offer round, but you don’t want to risk missing out.  No further offers for that semester will be made after this date.

Preferences

You can choose up to FIVE preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing five preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.

When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a safe option. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

ATAR Score Results

TASC will email ATAR result to Year 12 students on 18th December 2018.

Last date to change preferences

Once you’ve received your ATAR, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.

If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your ATAR. UTAS advised us that you can still change your preferences into the first week of Semester 1 (March 2019), contact them directly for more information.

Offers

Year 12 students within Tasmania can expect to start receiving offer notifications on the 19th December 2018, interstate Year 12 students will start to receive offer notifications in early January 2019.

Offers need to be accepted by 18th January 2019.

Western Australia

TISC processes applications for courses offered at participating universities and higher education providers in Western Australia. All the information you’ll need to know about courses, universities, applying to a University in WA and more, can be found at: https://www.tisc.edu.au/static/home.tisc

Applications

Applications for courses starting in 2019 are open at TISC now (applications opened in early August 2018).

You should aim to complete your application to TISC by 11pm on the 28th September 2018. Bear in mind the earlier you get your application in, the earlier you’ll be considered for an offer. Fees for applications submitted by Year 12’s before this date are $40.

The absolute last date you can apply and still be considered for the first main round of offers is by 11pm on the 12th December 2018 (late processing fees of $160 will apply).

Preferences

You can choose up to SIX preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing six preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.

When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

ATAR Score Results

ATAR results will be issued to Year 12 students on the 17th December 2018.

Last date to change preferences

Once you’ve received your ATAR, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.

If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your ATAR. You’ll have to make sure that you change your preferences by 11pm on the 18th December 2018, after that you won’t be able to alter your application before the first round of December offers.

Offers

Once you’ve submitted your final preferences and the cut-off window has passed, offer notifications will be available online on the 21st December 2018.

New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

UAC processes applications for courses offered at participating universities and higher education providers in NSW & the ACT (applications to the Australian Maritime College courses, including the Tasmania locations, apply through UAC). All the information you’ll need to know about courses, universities, applying to a University in NSW & the ACT and more, can be found at: https://www.uac.edu.au/

Applications

Applications for courses starting in 2019 are open at UAC now.

You should aim to complete your application to UAC by the 28th September 2018 to be eligible for early bird offers. Fees for applications submitted by Year 12’s before this date are $70.

The absolute last date you can apply and still be considered for the first main round of offers is by the 19th November 2018 to be included in the first round of offers in December (processing fees of $200 will apply to all applications received after the 28th September).

Preferences

You can choose up to FIVE preferences to list on your application. Preferences are the courses you would like to apply for. Listing five preferences maximises your chances of getting an offer.

When choosing your preferences, it’s a good idea to list the ones you really want first, the ones that are more realistic next, and a safe option. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

ATAR Score Results

ATAR results will be issued / available to Year 12 students in NSW & ACT on the 14th December 2018.

Last date to change preferences

Once you’ve received your ATAR, you may have done better than you expected, you might not have done as well as anticipated, or you may just have had a change of heart about which course to study or the University you would like to go to.

If that’s the case, you can still change you preferences after receiving your ATAR. You’ll have to make sure that you change your preferences by midnight on the 16th December 2018, after that you won’t be able to alter your application before the first round of December offers.

Offers

Once you’ve submitted your final preferences and the cut-off window has passed, offer notifications for the first round will be sent on the 20th December 2018.

Direct Applications

The following institutions take direct applications only, so you’ll have to go to their website & check the application dates and requirements if you want to apply to any of them.

If you’re struggling with any aspects of your application or understanding key dates, terminology etc., just give them a call. There’s always helpful staff happy to answer your questions.

Academy of Information Technology, Sydney

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Alphacrucis College

Australian College of Physical Education

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Endeavour College of Natural Health

JMC Academy

NIDA

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Wentworth Institute

Good luck.

Look out for our other blogs coming soon that will walk you through how and where to apply, plus all the other information you might want to know including what financial assistance you can apply for and what to do when you receive an offer.