Directions - July 2020

08 Jul 2020

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Final chance to apply for mid-year study

It’s not too late; many institutions have courses that are still open and available for study this year.

All 2021 courses will be available in August

If you’re planning to study an undergraduate course in 2021, all courses from participating institutions will be listed on UAC’s website from early August. If you’ve already applied and put in courses as placeholders make sure you log back in to your application and update your preferences at this time.

If you haven’t applied yet, early bird applications close at midnight on Wednesday 30 September so don’t leave it too long to get your application in before the processing charge increases.


A reminder that Educational Access Schemes, Equity Scholarships and Schools Recommendation Schemes are all open for applications.

Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students, whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 (or equivalent), receive an offer to university. But you don’t have to be a school leaver. Many institutions give consideration to EAS applicants who have previously undertaken tertiary study.

In response to COVID-19, two new disadvantages will be recognised under the EAS scheme. From 1 August 2020, applicants will be able to claim financial hardship if a parent or guardian has received Job Keeper or Job Seeker payments for at least three months.

If you’ve applied for EAS, don’t forget to upload your supporting documentation. Your EAS application won’t be considered until UAC has received all of your paperwork. You can check what documents you need to supply by logging in to your application on UAC's website.

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds and their value, eligibility criteria and duration differ between institutions. You can apply for an equity scholarship if you’re applying to, or already enrolled at, a participating institution.

Schools Recommendation Schemes

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. SRS applications close on Sunday 20 September.


This year there has been changes to the requirements for English language proficiency before you can enrol to study nursing. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires you to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.


Following the announcement by NESA that HSC results will be released at 6am Friday 18 December, some of UAC's key dates have changed:

  • ATARs released: 9am Friday 18 December
  • Deadline for changing preferences for December Round 2: midnight Saturday
    19 December
  • December Round 2 offers released: 7.30am Wednesday 23 December


Engineering your future

Engineers Australia’s will be running this online program during the July holidays from 13–17 July 2020. The program is designed to support high school students to learn more about opportunities in engineering. Attendees will have access to a range of information sessions across engineering disciplines, including live Q&A with engineers working from multiple sites on various projects.

UAC will be manning a virtual stand 2–4pm, Monday–Thursday, where students can ask questions about the ATAR, Access schemes, adjustment factors and applying to university. Find out more.

Open days

August is Open Day month. Many institutions are offering virtual, online open days for 2020, others are offering online tours and information sessions instead and others are still confirming the format of these due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Read the latest open day information.


Our call centre is fully operational, and our friendly team is standing by to take calls on 1300 275 822 (from mobile (02) 9752 0200) Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Livechat and email through our website is also available.

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