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The South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT) and the University of South Australia enjoy a strong partnership that spans more than 18 years and has produced more than 6,000 successful graduates.

SAIBT offers an accelerated pathway to the University of South Australia (UniSA). Australian citizens, permanent residents and international students choosing the SAIBT pathway will graduate with their SAIBT Diploma and then have the option of continuing directly into the second year of over 90 Bachelor Degrees at UniSA.

SAIBT is for students who:

  • did not meet ATAR entrance requirements to get directly into UniSA
  • completed year 12 but did not attain an ATAR
  • did not complete enough SACE subjects at high school
  • successfully completed year 11, or
  • are a mature-aged student that did not meet mature-age university entry requirements (assessed case-by-case).

SAIBT is located on UniSA’s City East campus, SAIBT students have access to all UniSA’s services and facilities and study in a vibrant and diverse learning environment with small class sizes and personalised teaching. Core classes are capped at 24 students. This allows for one on one support, interaction and assistance between teaching staff and students and allows teachers to better assess individual student needs.

Our pathway programs include:

Diploma of Arts 

An Introduction to contemporary issues in society, and influence of culture and communication, as well as providing foundation concepts to accelerate your progress in your proposed area of degree studies.

Diploma of Business

Offering a common first year to the Business Bachelor Degree's at UniSA, this Diploma will introduce you to the fundamental disciplines required to operate any business activity. You will get to sample a range of business disciplines which will give you a basis for selecting your degree program at UniSA.

Diploma of Engineering

A comprehensive introduction to foundation concepts and skills in engineering and associated disciplines, opening an array of choices to pursue degree studies at UniSA.

Diploma of Health Sciences

A comprehensive introduction in the physiological, psychological, social and cultural elements involved in health care. You will also be taught the skills required for successful tertiary studies and foundation concepts that will accelerate your progress in your proposed degree studies.

Diploma of Information Technology

Offering a common first year to the UniSA Technology Bachelor's at UniSA, this Diploma will introduce you to the broad range of skills required by the IT professional.


Students can commence at SAIBT after year 11 or year 12, with a low or no ATAR result. After the SAIBT Diploma, students can apply to their chosen UniSA Bachelor program via SATAC. 

Exemption for the Diploma Stage 1 will be granted to students who complete year 12 and achieve an ATAR of 50 or above.

If you have completed year 12 but did not receive an ATAR of 50 or above, you will receive an offer for the Diploma and may still be eligible to receive advanced standing towards Stage 1 as assessed by the Academic Director on a case by case basis.

Admission to Diploma of Engineering/degree packages

To avoid needing to study additional Diploma Stage 1 subjects, students will need to have completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies, Specialist Mathematics and Physics.

Find out more about SAIBT course admission requirements


Deferments can be processed by contacting SAIBT directly.

Credit transfer

SAIBT Diploma programs provide direct entry with credit into a wide range of UniSA degree programs and are an ideal alternative means of entry for students who are otherwise ineligible to enter university. 

Academic year

At SAIBT, you can choose to start your academic program in one of three trimesters commencing in February, June and October each year. 

Student services and facilities

Academic Support

Tertiary Skills Development

TSD is designed to help students develop the skills needed at university level and ensure their future academic success. Students can discuss current assignments, time management issues and other academic support options during this time. 

PASS – Peer Assisted Study Sessions

To help model and encourage effective study behaviour.


Connects SAIBT students to expert educators for assistance in mathematics, writing, science, business, and nursing and allied health, up to 24/7, on any Internet-connected computer. 


SAIBT offers module helpdesks in Business, Engineering and IT Diplomas and are run by current teaching staff in each discipline. 

Student Counsellor

SAIBT recognises that a happy student is more likely to be a successful student and we encourage you to seek counselling advice if you are feeling worried, confused or just simply need someone to talk to.

A Senior Counsellor for SAIBT is available for all types of counselling, support, therapy, referral or help for students.

The Counsellor provides confidential counselling for any personal issues, no matter how sensitive, and also helps students with learning and study concerns.

The SAIBT Student Leadership Program

Those who join the Student Leadership Program benefit from our training modules by gaining the skills and confidence to facilitate student focus groups and forums. 

Events and Activities 

SAIBT arranges a broad range of activities for students both on and off campus. 

As a SAIBT student, you are also able to access all UniSA services, facilities, clubs and sporting teams. 

Further information

The SAIBT brochure is available online or a printed copy can be requested by emailing or calling (08) 8302 2021.

Our web page and Facebook page are also great sources of information. 

Download a copy of the SAIBT brochure

Information sessions

SAIBT runs regular information sessions throughout the year. 

Find out more about available dates and register for information sessions


The University of South Australia
City East Campus
Level 4, Brookman Building North Terrace 
Adelaide SA 5000

Phone: (08) 8302 2021

CRICOS Provider No: 02193C

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