Once you have decided on the courses you want to apply for, and have checked that you are eligible to apply, you can begin your SATAC postgraduate application.

Applying online

To apply for an postgraduate course, you will need to complete an online application. SATAC recommend that you complete your application using a desktop computer, rather than a smartphone or tablet.

You can apply through SATAC if you are a domestic applicant. You are a domestic applicant if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident
  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, or
  • a New Zealand citizen

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.

Registering with SATAC

To begin a new application you will need to register with SATAC and accept the terms and conditions of application.

Make sure that the name you enter matches your official records and use an email address you will have regular access to.

SATAC will send you important information about your application and any offers you receive via email. If you miss an email from SATAC, you may miss important information about your application or enrolment.

Inside the application

The SATAC application collects information such as your personal details, the courses you are applying for, and details of your current or prior studies. You can find information about the personal information SATAC collects in our privacy policy

You must complete every section of the SATAC application, even if you haven’t done every type of study. You won't be able to submit your application until all sections have been completed and saved.

Adding courses

You can list up to six courses in your SATAC application. Your course selections are known as preferences.

You should list courses in order of preference, with the course you're most interested in as preference one. Remember, SATAC assumes that your first preference is the course that you most want to study.

If you are applying for courses that start at different times of the year then it's a good idea to list any semester 1 preferences above those with a later start date.

Check the course entry details carefully as you're adding your preferences. The course entries contain important information about the course, its entry requirements, and closing dates.

Accessing a partially completed application

If you are unable to complete your SATAC application in one sitting, you can log out at any time. You can access your partially completed application by logging in with your username and password on the SATAC website.

Submitting your application

When you submit your application, SATAC confirms that it has been received by emailing you an acknowledgement of your application. Check this email carefully and advise SATAC immediately if you spot any errors. Your email will also contain your SATAC reference number. Your SATAC reference number is a unique nine-digit number that SATAC will use for identification purposes, so it’s important that you keep a record of it.

Online application services

Once you have submitted your application you will be able to use SATAC’s online services to provide any documents that we may need to complete the assessment of your application, change your preferences, update your contact details and check your offer status.

Pay your fees

You are required to pay an application fee to apply for courses through SATAC.

It is important to ensure you understand the fees you are being charged as fees paid to SATAC are not refundable. You can pay your fees online using a Visa or MasterCard, or you can print a tax invoice and pay offline.

Submit supporting documents

In many cases, such as university study undertaken in Australia, SATAC can obtain results from these studies on your behalf, but for some qualifications, such as overseas studies, you will need to provide supporting documents.

The SATAC application will tell you if you need to provide supporting documents. Once you have submitted your application you will also be able to attach supporting documents online or print a document cover sheet if you would prefer to provide your documents to SATAC in hard copy. 

Some important points if you do need to provide supporting documents

There may be delays in assessing your qualifications if you do not supply the correct documentation in support of your application.

If you are required to provide documents for current year studies, submit these as soon as they are available.

Original documents

Do not send irreplaceable originals such as your degree parchment. SATAC does not return documents, nor does it keep documents submitted in previous years. 

Studies undertaken overseas

If any of your documents are in a language other than English, you must submit copies of both the original documents and the full translation. Copies of official transcripts and parchments may be attached to your online application as scans of original documents, however if submitting as hard copy, the documents must be certified copies. Transcript translations must show results for all subjects undertaken. All translations must be completed by an independent accredited translator. 

It is your responsibility to comply with any requests by SATAC to provide further documentation, either in the original language or translated into English.

Certification of documents

You must supply certified copies of all documents submitted in hard copy. You may bring your original documents in person to SATAC’s front counter, where SATAC staff will photocopy them, stamp the photocopies ‘original sighted’ and sign them. 

You may also take your original documents, together with photocopies to the issuing authority e.g. Registrar of a tertiary institution or to a Justice of the Peace or similar for certification. The person who certifies the photocopies must attest to having sighted the originals of the documents concerned.

If you are residing interstate, you may take your original documents in person to another tertiary admissions centre (UAC in New South Wales, QTAC in Queensland, VTAC in Victoria or TISC in Western Australia) for certification. A fee is charged for this service.

Supplementary exam results

If you are sitting supplementary examinations SATAC cannot obtain these results for you. Send the results to SATAC as soon as they are available but note that in most cases, they will be too late to affect the outcome of your application. Special arrangements may be made to accept results from supplementary examinations which have been granted on medical grounds. If this applies to you, advise SATAC as soon as possible.

When you send or bring documents to SATAC after you have submitted your application, make sure they are clearly marked with your current name and your SATAC postgraduate reference number.

For more document details download the fact sheet.

Document details for 2020 entry (412KB PDF)

Update your personal details

If you need to update or amend your personal details, such as your date of birth or name, or if you need to change or add to your qualifications, you will need to contact SATAC in writing. These details cannot be changed online once your application has been submitted.

You can send any changes to SATAC using the online enquiry form.

Check or change your preferences 

Changing preferences includes changing the order of existing preferences and adding new preferences to an application for the first time. Once you have submitted your application you can check or change your preferences online.

SATAC staff will not accept a change of preference over the telephone.


SATAC will notify you of an offer on behalf of the universities by emailing the offer to your last recorded address. You can also view your offer by logging in to your application.

If the offer is to your first preference, SATAC will accept the offer on your behalf and all you need do is enrol per the instructions in the letter. You will not need to take any further action with SATAC.

If the offer is not to your first preference, SATAC will ensure that your higher preference(s) are still 'alive' for future offer rounds, but you should still enrol per the instructions in the letter.

Offer round dates

For more information on postgraduate offer round dates see our key dates page.

Find out more about key dates for postgraduate applications

Your responsibility

It is your responsibility to find out whether you have received an offer and to comply with the enrolment instructions included in the offer letter.

Neither SATAC nor the universities can be responsible for the consequences of late enrolment. If you miss the enrolment date, you risk losing your place.


Postgraduate courses are not deferrable through SATAC.

Enrolling in your course

Once you have accepted an offer, the institution will send you an email with information about how to enrol in your course. It is important you follow the information and meet any deadlines outlined by the institution. If you have any questions about the enrolment process, you should contact the institution directly, as soon as possible.

Withdrawing from a course after enrolment

If you enrol in a course but then withdraw before the census date, do not assume that you have an automatic right to enrol in the same course in a future year. The institutions’ rules vary - you may be allowed to defer, or you may be required to re-apply. You are strongly advised to seek advice from the institution and consider your individual situation carefully before you make the decision to withdraw.


Credit is also known as status, advanced standing, or recognition of prior learning. If you plan to apply for credit for previous study, you should seek advice from the institution before you enrol. The institution will advise you of the application process and any documentation they may require e.g. subject syllabuses.

SATAC does not provide advice about applying for credit, or your eligibility to do so.

Course costs

If you are applying for a higher education course, it is important to understand how much your study might cost. Course costs will depend on the type of course you enrol in, and whether you are a Commonwealth supported student or a fee-paying student.

You can find information on the fees associated with studying individual courses on the respective institutions' websites.

Applicants not selected

You can check the status of your application at any time online via My Application, or by contacting SATAC. SATAC will not notify you in the event that you do not receive an offer.

If you comply with all the application requirements but are unsuccessful and are still interested in studying at postgraduate level, you should seek advice directly from the institutions on how you might increase your chances in a future application. 

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