Individual adjustments FAQs
Frequently asked questions about individual equity adjustments
SATAC may add adjustment factors to your university aggregate. We then use your adjusted aggregate to calculate your selection rank.
SATAC’s participating institutions have two schemes that provide adjustment factors to applicants:
SATAC administers these schemes on their behalf.
We will adjust your aggregate up to a maximum of 9 points:
The Universities Equity Scheme will apply adjustments in two ways:
These applicants receive 5 adjustment points in the calculation of their university aggregate.
The Scheme applies to all courses offered by our participating institutions.
South Australian and Northern Territory schools qualify for equity adjustments using criteria which consider:
Interstate schools qualify for equity adjustments using a subset of these criteria.
Schools qualify on an annual basis when data for all criteria becomes available. The classification of individual schools may change from year to year.
You don’t need to apply for a school-based adjustment. SATAC will adjust your university aggregate and your selection ranks automatically.
To download a list of schools in South Australia and the Northern Territory whose students completing the SACE/NTCET in 2022 will qualify for equity adjustments under the Universities Equity Scheme for entry to university in 2023, click the link below.
Universities Equity Scheme - eligible schools SA/NT 2022
If you have already achieved an ATAR from a non-qualifying school and then enrol in a qualifying school to improve your ATAR you will not be eligible for school-based equity adjustments.
You can still apply for individual equity adjustments.
Applicants in other schools can make an application under the scheme to show their individual disadvantage. Applicants will be eligible if, during the school year they gain their ATAR:
SATAC keeps a record of applicants who receive an individual equity adjustment. If you apply through SATAC in the future, and you are eligible on the basis of your Year 12 results, your selection rank will be adjusted.
You can apply for individual adjustments as part of your SATAC undergraduate application.
For more information about individual adjustments read our frequently asked questions.
The Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme encourages students to strengthen their preparation for higher studies by studying a language other than English, or specified English and Mathematics subjects.
The Scheme applies to most undergraduate courses. The exceptions are:
SATAC will adjust your aggregate by either 2 points (for one eligible subject) or 4 points (for 2 or more eligible subjects).
To be eligible you must successfully complete a subject in any one of these four categories:
* You can substitute a 20 credit LOTE subject for two 10 credit Australian Indigenous language subjects
Successful completion means gaining a minimum grade of C- or better in the subject. Extra adjustments are not awarded for higher achievement
Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia, or other Australian senior secondary certificates, are also eligible for subject-based adjustments.
International Year 12 students are eligible for the Universities Equity Scheme if they are enrolled at a school in Australia that is eligible for school-based adjustments in 2022.
Applicants in other schools can apply for individual adjustments.
International Year 12 students are eligible for the Universities Language, Literacy, and Mathematics Scheme. Note that this scheme does not apply to all courses.