Last updated: 27 July 2021

COVID-19 update - lockdown lifting from midnight - 27 July 2021

South Australia's lockdown is ending after midnight tonight. Out of an abundance of caution, our in-person enquiry service will remain closed for the rest of the week.

Our office will open to the public again from 9.00 am on Monday 2 August.

If you are visiting SATAC's office in person from next week please observe the recommendation from SA Health to wear a mask if you are able to.

Our team can answer your questions by phone and email, see the contact page for details. Our website and online applications remain available 24 hours a day.

We will update this page as new information is available.

COVID-19 update - 7-day lockdown announced - 20 July 2021

South Australia is moving to a statewide lockdown from 6.00 pm on Tuesday 20 July.

SATAC's office will now be closed for the next seven days. We will reopen at 9.00 am on Wednesday 28 July.

Our team is still here to answer your questions by phone and email, see the contact page for details. Our website and online applications remain available 24 hours a day.

We will continue to monitor the situation and update this page as new information is available.

In the meantime, please stay safe and check the SA Health website for the latest information.

SATAC COVID-19 update - 19 July 2021

Following the latest update to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia, SATAC’s office and front counter service are closed to the public from 5.00 pm today.

From today until 5.00 pm Friday 23 July, the following measures are in place:

  • SATAC's front counter service is closed
  • SATAC’s email and telephone service will continue to be staffed during business hours (Adelaide time), see our contact page for more details
  • SATAC’s website and online applications are available 24 hours a day

We will continue to watch developments in South Australia as they are reported. We are committed to ensuring our services continue as we respond to the changing situation.

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

Information for applicants

Our applications are open now. You can apply for:

  • Undergraduate 2021 (midyear and later teaching periods)
  • Postgraduate  2021 (midyear and later teaching periods)
  • TAFE SA semester 2 2021 (TAFE SA courses)
  • Applications for courses starting in 2022 open on Monday 2 August

Applications are submitted online.

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. 

SATAC COVID-19 update - 28 June 2021

The South Australian Government has introduced new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

While the new measures do not impact SATAC's in-person services, we continue to follow the health guidelines outlined by State and Commonwealth governments.

If you visit SATAC in-person or for an event:

  • continue to observe social distancing guidelines
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • consider using a mask where possible.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild, please do not visit SATAC. Our team can answer your application questions by phone or an email enquiry form.

News

COVID-19 update: ATARs and scaling - 19 November 2020

Important update: COVID-19 - 18 November 2020

COVID-19 November update - 17 November 2020

ACTAC Statement: Delay to implementation of new conversion schedule for IB students - 16 November 2020

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

Important update - 20 November 2020

Today's announcement that South Australia's strict lockdown will end early is welcome news.

Out of an abundance of caution and to allow our staff time to transition back to the office, our counter service will remain closed as planned.

We will open our in-person enquiry service at 9 am on Wednesday 25 November.

Email, telephone and online application services remain available.

We will communicate any changes to this information via this website.

Important update - 18 November 2020

Following the latest update to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia, SATAC’s office and front counter service will be closed from 5.00 pm today. 

From today and for the next six days (until 9.00 am Wednesday 25 November), the following measures are in place: 

  • SATAC's front counter service is closed 
  • SATAC’s email and telephone service will continue to be staffed during business hours (Adelaide time), see our contact page for more details 
  • SATAC’s website and online applications are available 24 hours a day 

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.

COVID 19 update: ATARs and scaling

SATAC would like to reassure the school community and in particular Year 12 students, that our focus is on releasing ATARs on 15 December, at the same time as SACE results.

Read our statement here - COVID-19 update: ATARs and scaling - 19 November 2020

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)

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

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

Applications for courses starting in 2022 open on Monday 2 August.

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

There are currently no scheduled STAT sittings. Sittings for 2022 entry will be published on our website in early August.

Find out more about sitting the STAT

Different institutions will have different policies regarding deferment of midyear offers. You should contact your institution for further advice about deferring your place, especially if you have already enrolled in the course. 

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

At this stage, there is no change to SACE requirements. For more information about the SACE Board's response to COVID-19 visit the SACE Board website.

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

Applicants for Medicine, Dental Surgery and Oral Health need to sit the UCAT. Current lockdowns in several Australian states including South Australia may have impacted test sitting dates. For up-to-date information visit the UCAT website.

Applications for courses starting in 2022 will open on Monday 2 August.

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.