International applicants are those who do not hold:

  • Australian citizenship
  • New Zealand citizenship
  • Australian permanent residence.

Whether you can apply through SATAC will depend on the courses you are applying for.

Applying for TAFE SA courses

If you are an international applicant on a student visa (subclass 500) you do not apply through SATAC. Contact TAFE SA International on + 61 8 8463 5487 or free call (in Australia) 1800 049 492 or visit the TAFE SA website.

If you hold another visa type you can apply through SATAC. TAFE SA will inform you about your eligibility to study and tuition fees when you enrol. You can check your eligibility to enrol before applying. Email and include your visa number and subclass if relevant.

Applying for undergraduate courses

International students studying one of the following qualifications in 2021 can apply for undergraduate courses through SATAC:

  • South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • ACT Senior Secondary Certificate (ACT SSC)
  • NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (in Australia only)

Agents (e.g. IDP Education) can make an undergraduate application through SATAC on your behalf. They should not apply directly to the universities. Your agent must be registered with the universities you are applying to.

All other international students must apply to the institutions, not SATAC.

Awaiting permanent residency status

International Year 12 students awaiting permanent residency still apply as international Year 12 applicants.

If you are granted permanent residency after you apply, you will need to reapply as a domestic applicant.

You can apply as a domestic applicant only once your permanent residency is confirmed. You will then be subject to the same conditions of application as other domestic applicants.

The timing of your application may affect your eligibility to receive an offer. Check the key dates for more information.

If you have any questions about how your pending permanent residency affects your application, contact the admissions office of the university you are applying to.

All other international applicants awaiting permanent residency must wait until their residency is granted before applying through SATAC.

Applying for postgraduate courses

SATAC does not accept international applications for postgraduate courses. Contact the institution offering the course for information about the postgraduate application process.

For most courses, places are available for all international Year 12 applicants. Applicants must be eligible and competitive enough for an offer.

Selection ranks are based on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) (or equivalent). You can get details of selection ranks used in 2020/2021 from the universities. In the final SATAC offer round, some courses use the cutoff ranks used in the main domestic offer round.

Some courses have restrictions on the number of international applicants that can receive an offer (for example, the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) at the University of South Australia). This is known as a ‘quota’.

For quota courses, applicants may need to achieve a higher rank than the minimum selection rank. The universities may offer places on a ‘first-come, first-served basis. This means students who receive an offer must respond immediately to the university to secure a place.

For Charles Darwin University, if you are under 18 years old on 1 February 2021, you must meet extra requirements before you can receive an offer. You can still apply for Charles Darwin University courses but you may not be eligible for an offer.

For Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia, you will still receive an offer for any preference for which you are eligible. You must meet extra requirements before you can accept an offer.

Contact these universities to find out more about extra requirements.