The Steps You Need To Know To Apply For University

Each state in Australia has a different body for processing University Applications, which can make things a bit confusing. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you take control.

NOTE: You can find links to every state’s application service, as well as the key dates you’ll need to know on our previous blog at www.studyworkgrow.com.au

Choose What You Want To Study

Before you do anything else, decide on the subject you would like to study. For example, do you want to study medicine, marketing, or management? What gets you excited and motivated for uni?

Then, research all the different courses available in that field. If you want to study medicine, then learn about the different types of medicine courses, from biomedicine through to nursing, pharmacy, and even physiotherapy.

If you have an idea about what you might like but don’t know the specifics, then it’s a great idea to choose a general degree – you can always change your major after first year if it turns out to be not your cup of tea.

For example, if you wanted to study marketing then you may pick a Bachelor of Business and intend to major in Marketing. But the first year subjects for all the majors are the same, so if you get through first year and decide you’d prefer to do Economics instead then you haven’t lost any time.

You can search for undergraduate courses here:

Queensland

Victoria

South Australia and Northern Territory

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

Western Australia

Tasmania

Find Somewhere To Study It

Once you have narrowed down the field of study you would like to apply for then you can start to look for institutions that offer courses in that area.

Start by checking if that study area is covered at the universities you’d most like to attend:

Here’s how to find out – each university produces a Handbook, it’s a comprehensive guide to the university, its structure and details about admissions, enrolments and studying at that institution. Go to their website and enter “handbook” into the search box or google e.g. JCU University Handbook and click on the relevant link.

If you’ve got any questions just get in touch with the university – they’ll be more than happy to help explain how their courses work and tell you what you could be eligible for.

If you only want to choose institutions from the one state (as in, everything you want to study is in Melbourne), then you only need to submit the one application. But if you’d like to widen your options you could apply for university in different states – technically this would increase your chances of getting an offer, but you’d have to be willing to move interstate.  

Click on the links here for lists of all the Australian Universities, Private Colleges, TAFEs and Apprenticeships/Traineeships

Make a list of EVERY course you’re interested in, then cut out courses until you have the right number to fit into your preferences. It’s a good idea to list some courses you really want, a few that are more realistic, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to start your application.

Queensland

Victoria

South Australia & Northern Territory

NSW & ACT

Western Australia

Tasmania

How to Apply

Queensland

Step 1

You’ll need to set up your QTAC account here. We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here.

Tip: Application Services isn’t compatible with mobile phones, so you’ll need to hop onto a PC.

Step 2

Have all the documentation you might need handy:

  1. Your Academic transcript – showing all subjects undertaken, results (including fails), key to the grading system, name of award and proof of award/completion if applicable
  2. Year 12 Students in Queensland will need their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) number. Click here if you’ve forgotten what your LUI is. (The application won’t accept your Education Queensland ID (EQID) or Unique Student Identifier (USI)).  

Step 3

Log into your QTAC account and check if you need to submit any documents in the “Outstanding Documents” section – make sure you upload any required before the due date deadline.

Step 4

List your preferences, SIX is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Step 5

Submit your application (and pay your processing fee) as soon as possible, but definitely before 7th December 2018.

Step 6

Once you’ve lodged your application you can still make changes through Application Services. Here’s a list of changes you can make after your application has been submitted. Bear in mind that if you change your preferences up to three times is free and after that you’ll have to pay $45 per change.

Victoria

Step 1

First of all you’ll have to set up your own VTAC account. We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here.

Tip 1: Run through this demonstration to see how it works

Tip 2: Watch the demo online course application that VTAC have put together.  Do a virtual run through before you start lodging your own application, so you don’t miss a step.

Step 2

Log on to your VTAC account and fill in the details on each page. Press “Proceed” to move through each section of the application.

If you need to supply VTAC with any documentation, they will let you know as part of your application.

Step 3

List your preferences, EIGHT is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Step 4

Submit your application (and pay your processing fee) before 27th September 2018.

If you miss the 27th September cut-off date, don’t panic, there’s another chance to apply between 2nd November and 7th December. You’ll have to pay much heftier application processing fees.

Step 5

Once you’ve lodged your application you can still make changes through your VTAC account. All the changes you can apply are listed here.

South Australia & Northern Territory

SATAC

Step 1

SATAC recommend you complete your application on a PC rather than a mobile phone or tablet, so set yourself up somewhere and get ready to apply. We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here.

Step 2

First you have to register here.

Tip: You’ll need to have your registration/candidate number handy (it will have been supplied by your Board of Studies, talk to your teacher if you haven’t got one).

Step 3

Log on to your SATAC account and fill in the applications details requested. If you need to supply SATAC with any documentation, they will let you know as part of your application.

Step 4

List your preferences, SIX is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Tip 1: SATAC will assume that your first preference is the course that you most want to study, so list the courses in order of your preference.

Tip 2: You can apply for courses with different start dates throughout the year, it’s a good idea to list any semester 1 preferences above those with a later start date.

Step 5

Submit your application (and pay your processing fee) before 28th September 2018.

If you miss the 28th September cut-off date, don’t panic, there’s another chance to apply, just make sure you submit a completed application by the 3rd December. Late processing fees will apply.

Step 6

When you get an email from SATAC confirming they’ve received your application, check it carefully for any for mistakes and advise SATAC immediately if you spot any errors.

Tip: Your email will also contain your SATAC reference number, (your SATAC reference number is a unique nine-digit number that SATAC need you to use for identification purposes), it’s very important that you keep a record of it.

Step 7

Once you’ve lodged your application you can still make changes through your SATAC account. All the changes you can make are listed here.

New South Wales & the Australian Capital Territory

Step 1

Before you start your application watch this video about how to complete your online UAC application 

Step 2

The next step is to go to the Current Applications page. We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here.

Step 3

Click on Undergraduate Applications and Offers page and register.

Tip: You’ll need your Year 12 student number and UAC PIN in order to complete your registration, providing all the details of your studies and qualifications.

Tip 2: for 2018 NSW HSC applicants and ACT Year 12 applicants: Your UAC PIN should have been emailed to the address you registered with NESA. For all other applicants, including Year 12 students from other states: Your UAC PIN is the first four digits of your date of birth – for example if your birthday is 3 October, your UAC PIN is 0310.

Step 4

List your preferences, FIVE is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Step 5

Accept the applicant declaration.

Step 6

Submit your application (and pay your processing fee) before 28th September 2018.

If you miss the 28th September cut-off date, don’t panic, there’s another chance to apply, but make sure you do before 19th November if you want to be included in the first round of offers. You’ll have to pay much heftier application processing fees.

Step 7

Once you’ve lodged your application you can still make changes by logging in to your application on a pc or the My UAC mobile app using your UAC application number and UAC PIN. All the changes you can make are listed here.

Western Australia

Step 1

First you need to register with TISCOnline, that way you can log on, lodge an application and use all their online resources.

Go to the Registrations Check Page & check your status, then head to the registration page to get your 8-digit user ID and password. We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here.

Step 2

Once you’ve got your log in details go to the login page, then follow the step by step instructions on the Welcome page.

Answer all questions with a red Asterix (*) beside them, the other questions are optional.

If you need to supply TISC with any documentation they will let you know as part of your application.

Tip: use the “Next Page” and “Previous Page” buttons on the application to move through the application – if you don’t then the details you’ve entered might not be saved.

Step 3

List your preferences, SIX is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Step 4

Submit your application and pay your processing fee before 11pm on the 28th September 2018. Your application will only be processed once you’ve paid the fee and filled in the declaration step.

If you miss the 28th September cut-off date, don’t panic, there’s another chance to apply by 11pm on the 12th December but you’ll have to pay much heftier application processing fees.

Step 5

Once you’ve lodged your application you can still make changes through your TISCOnline account to your preferences and contact details.

Tip: Nothing else can be changed though, so if you’ve forgotten something or made a mistake you’ll have to submit the changes in writing. You’ll need a TISC Application Change Form to do that.

Tasmania

Step 1

We’ve already double checked all the important dates, deadlines and application fees, you’ll find them listed here. First you’ll need to set up a UTAS account (remember to press the red ‘Save Information’ button at the bottom of the page).

Tip: Don’t forget the email address you used and the password you created so that you can log back in again.

Step 2

You’ll receive confirmation that your account has been created, press the “OK” button.

Step 3

Next, you’ll be directed to the Domestic Applications 2018 page. Press the “Start your Application” button to begin.

Follow the prompts and fill in all the information required.

Step 4

UTAS will obtain most of the documentation to complete your application (such as Year 12 course transcripts), on your behalf.

Tip: If there’s anything they need you to upload they’ll specify it on the form. You might need other documents as well; find out more here.

Step 6

List your preferences, FIVE is the maximum number allowed on your application. Always list the maximum number allowed to improve your chances of getting an offer.

Step 7

Submit your application by 5pm on the 28th September 2018.

Step 8

You can log on to your account to make changes and track its progress if necessary.

If you need any more help applying there’s a very useful document you can refer to http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/1024744/2018-Domestic-Application-Guide-for-Year-12-Applicants.pdf . It will walk you through each step of registering and the application form.

So now, hopefully, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to apply for Uni. There’s a little bit of work involved and some of the first round closing dates are coming up soon.

It’s a great idea to submit your applications before these cut-offs dates because:

  • You’ll have more time to focus on completing your Year 12 studies and getting the best ATAR / OP results you can.
  • And another bonus is that you’ll only have to pay the lowest level of processing fees, whereas applications submitted after the initial cut-off date can increase quite significantly.

So what are you waiting for, get excited about the next step in your future. Choose your courses, find the institutions you’d like to study at and get your applications in as soon as possible.

Good luck and keep an eye out for our next blog, we’ll walk you through some of the finer details about University Applications including Scholarships, Financial Assistance and more.