Last updated: 23 September 2020

SATAC is monitoring the developments on the COVID-19 pandemic daily. Our priority is the health and safety of our staff, applicants, partners, and the wider community. We are committed to ensuring our services continue as we respond to the evolving situation.

We will update this page with changes as information becomes available.

Information for current school students

We know this year will be challenging in ways we could not have imagined, but be assured that SATAC is working together with the SACE Board, the universities, TAFE SA, and our other stakeholders to ensure you are not disadvantaged in your further education.

If you need advice or help from us, we are here for you.

You CAN ask that! Episode 2

SACE Board Chief Executive Professor Martin Westwell and SATAC Chief Executive Officer Stuart Mossman revisit students’ questions from earlier this year with updates on the ATAR, end-of-year exams, special provisions, and VET.

You CAN ask that! Episode 1

Will students complete their SACE in 2020? Will the ATAR still go ahead? What about exams? Do Special Provisions apply with COVID-19? What about university entry?

Students ask questions to the SACE Board and SATAC.

Download - You Can Ask That FAQs (1MB PDF)

Information for schools

Our events and information sessions may look a little different this year, but we will work on solutions to support you in any way we can.

The SATAC Guide and Tertiary Entrance booklets are available now. 

Information for applicants

Our applications are open now. You can apply for:

  • Undergraduate 2021 (all teaching periods) and 2020 (summer semester)
  • Postgraduate  2021 (all teaching periods) and 2020 (summer semester)
  • TAFE SA semester 1 2021 and semester 2 2020 (TAFE SA courses). 

Applications are submitted online.

Latest news

ACTAC Statement: National collaboration to support IB students

ACTAC joint national statement on university entry for 2020 Year 12 students - 27 April 2020

ACTAC statement: National collaboration to support year 12 students through COVID-19 disruptions - 3 April 2020

You Can Ask That! Students ask questions to the SACE Board and SATAC - 1 April 2020

Changes to STAT sittings - 26 March 2020

COVID-19 update - 18 March 2020

Helpful links

Australian Government Department of Health

SA Health - Government of South Australia

Northern Territory Department of Health

COVID-19 frequently asked questions

We'll update this section as more information becomes available. If you can't find the answer to your question on our website please get in touch.


Yes, applications are still open. We are currently taking applications for 2020 and 2021 admission: 

You can submit your application online, our website is always available. 

Our offer rounds are running as normal. For more information see the key dates pages: 

Yes, you can sit the STAT for entry to courses starting in 2021. Sittings will be held in metro Adelaide and the Northern Territory.

The current situation in South Australia means we are now able to offer sittings in a safe environment. We are of course continuing to monitor the situation and any announcements from SA Health and State Government. 

Find out more about sitting the STAT

Different institutions will have different policies regarding deferment. If your university has extended the census date then you will still be able to defer your place until next year.  

You should contact your institution for further advice about deferring your place, especially if you have already enrolled in topics for semester 1.  

You can respond to your SATAC undergraduate offer by logging into your application via My Application. Postgraduate and TAFE SA courses are not deferrable through SATAC. 

Yes, there are no plans to remove the ATAR this year.

The SACE Board has said that exams will go ahead this year. For more information about the SACE Board's response to COVID-19 visit their website.

We expect that the ATAR calculation will be the same as in previous years. 

We're working with the SACE Board and tertiary authorities here and interstate to respond to the situation as it evolves. Whatever happens the ATAR process will be fair and transparent.

Applicants for Medicine, Dental Surgery and Oral Health need to sit the UCAT. The UCAT ANZ Consortium has published that they expect the UCAT will go ahead this year. For up-to-date information see the UCAT website.

Applications for courses starting in 2021 are open now.

Yes, the ATAR is a national standard. The ATAR you receive in South Australia or the Northern Territory is equal to the ATARs achieved interstate. Education authorities and tertiary admissions centres across Australia are working together to ensure consistency across states.