How to apply 2018


All applications for postgraduate courses offered through SATAC are made online. Once you have read all the necessary information and decided which courses you’d like to apply for, go to Apply to begin your application.

SATAC application process

The online instructions will step you through the application process. 

Consider what you want to study and choose your preferences carefully. Make sure you read the course entry details for any additional application requirements your preferences may have.

You should also familiarise yourself with how postgraduate selection works.

How the SATAC preference system works

One of the benefits of the SATAC system is that you have the opportunity to apply for more than one university course at the same time. This means that you only complete a single application and supply supporting information once. You can list up to six courses as preferences in your application. 

SATAC will treat each preference as a discrete application. Your eligibility and the rank on which you will compete will be determined separately for each course. Because the universities have varying selection rules, your eligibility and rank may vary for each course. This variation will depend upon how your qualifications or other information relevant to your application (e.g. audition score, evidence of relevant work experience) relate to the selection rules for that course. 

SATAC reference number

When you submit your application, SATAC confirms that it has been received by displaying your SATAC reference number. 

The date of receipt of your online application is deemed to be the date on which your application is successfully submitted i.e. you have been provided with a SATAC reference number.

At the completion of your application you can:

  • print a summary of your application
  • attach supporting documents, if required, to your online application
  • print a document cover sheet if you wish to submit documents to SATAC by post or in person
  • pay your application fee online with a credit card, or print a tax invoice to pay at a Post Office or mail with a cheque or money order to SATAC. 

Equal consideration

The concept of equal consideration is a central principle of the SATAC admissions system. Equal consideration means that all applicants who have the same selection rank for a course are treated equally, so either all or none will be entitled to an offer. 

If you submit your application by the relevant closing date and comply with all the application requirements, you will be guaranteed equal consideration in the selection process. If however, you submit a late application or do not comply with all the application requirements, you will not be guaranteed equal consideration.

Closing dates

Closing dates for postgraduate courses are course specific, and you can find information about the relevant closing date for each course via course search in Explore.

If you submit an application for a postgraduate course after the relevant closing date you may be affected in one or more of the following ways:

  • you may not be given equal consideration
  • your application may not be considered at all.

Submitting a late application

If you wish to submit an application after the relevant closing date, you should contact either SATAC or the Admissions Office at the institution concerned (or, in the case of the University of South Australia, the Future Student Enquiries office) before doing so. Some courses may decide closer to the time to extend their published closing date, and updated information will be available in the relevant course entry.

Acknowledgment of your application

As soon as you have submitted your online application SATAC will send you an acknowledgement email. Check your acknowledgment email carefully and advise SATAC immediately of any changes. Full details of how to do this are shown in the email.

Your responsibilities as an applicant

It is your responsibility to:

  • carefully follow all application instructions whether applying for the first time or changing preferences
  • provide all the information sought in the application process
  • provide all the supporting documentation (if any) required by SATAC to assess your application
  • check and conform to the closing dates of your course preferences
  • pay application fees
  • read and agree to the terms and conditions of the application.

Terms and conditions of application (319KB PDF)

For more information on the obligations and responsibilities of SATAC and our participating institutions with regards to applications and assessment, please see the About Us page to download a copy of the SATAC Applicant Charter.

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