UAC News - July 2020

23 Jul 2020

2021 Admissions

Key date changes

A reminder that following the announcement by NESA that HSC results will be released at 6am Friday 18 December, some of UAC’s key dates for Year 12s have changed as follows:

  • 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.

Find more UAC key dates here.

All 2021 courses online in August

All 2021 courses from UAC’s participating institutions will be available on UAC’s website from early August.

For students who have already applied, remind them to log-in to their application to review and update your preferences.

For students who haven’t yet applied, let them know that the Early Bird period ends on Monday 30 September, at which time the processing fee increases, so even if they’re not sure, they should apply now and put in any course as a placeholder until August.

Read how to apply.

UAC PIN reminder coming

An email will be sent to Year 12 students on Monday 3 August to let them know that all courses for 2021 will be available to select in their application and, for those who haven’t applied yet, to remind them of their UAC PIN.

Let students know that PINs will be emailed to the address they have registered with NESA, so they need to ensure this is a current email address.

To start their UAC application students will need their Year 12 student number (issued through their school) and their UAC PIN.

Once they have applied they can then use their UAC Application Number and UAC PIN to login and manage their application.

If students don’t have their UAC PIN email, or are having problems with their PIN, they can read the FAQ or contact UAC to have it issued.

Read the answers to the most FAQs about UAC PINs.

Changes to student contribution bands

Subject to the passage of legislation, the Australian Government will redesign the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding clusters and student contribution bands for students in Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) under the Job-ready Graduates Package. This means that the amount of money the Government provides universities (the Commonwealth contribution) for different courses will change, and the amount students pay to study (usually deferred through a HECS-HELP loan – the student contribution) will also change.

Read more about these changes.

Access and scholarship programs

Educational Access Schemes

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.

EAS applications won’t be considered until UAC has received all the supporting documentation for each disadvantage they claim. To check what documents UAC needs, students can log in to their application on UAC’s website.

Schools Recommendation Schemes

In response to the current disruption to Year 12 studies many institutions will be taking Year 11 results into account when allocating places to Year 12 applicants. This includes the insight that schools can provide about their students’ future performance in different subject areas. Therefore, in the interests of Year 12 students, UAC will postpone the removal of the subject area ratings in SRS until 2021.

A reminder that student applications for SRS will be closing earlier this year, on 20 September, so schools can rate their students before school holidays.

Read more about scholarships and schemes.

Student preferences now available

A reminder that student preferences are available for you to access in the School Hub. We have brought the timeline forward due to the University of Canberra's special admissions early offer round on 13 August, via the Schools Recommendation Scheme, so if your students have preferences for Canberra you can prioritise your SRS school ratings for them.

You will need to submit your ratings by this coming Sunday, 26 July, for your students to be eligible for this round.

Contact Community Engagement if you have any queries on

Log in to School Hub here.

Why apply through UAC?

Applying through UAC allows students to apply for courses across 27 institutions. Some of those institutions also offer direct applications just for their own courses. Based on feedback we’ve received from schools, we know that students are unsure about whether they should apply direct to the institution or through UAC, and to increase their chances many are doing both. It’s important for students considering a direct application to remember the following:

  • not all institutions accept direct applications from Year 12 students
  • having a UAC application also allows students to apply for EAS, SRS and Equity Scholarships
  • having a UAC application as well as a direct application will give students more chance of securing an offer, so long as they don’t enter the same preferences in both applications.

Read the answers to the most FAQs about applying for uni.

Help choosing subjects for Year 10s

If your Year 10 students need help choosing their HSC subjects, Subject Compass can help.

Using the experience of countless conversations with Year 10 students and their teachers, plus specific advice from universities about preparing for tertiary study, UAC’s Subject Compass has been updated for 2020.

Find out about Subject Compass.

It's Open Day season

Many institutions are offering virtual open days for 2020, others are offering online tours and information sessions instead.

UAC has gathered the latest information about institution Open Days in one place to help students easily plan the events they'd like to participate in.

Open Day information for 2020 is here.

Let's Chat

UAC's Community Engagement team have produced a series of short videos called Let’s Chat, aimed at helping school understand the application process and students navigate their way to uni.

Topics include help with applying to uni through UAC, such as changing course preferences or uploading documents, explaining what adjustment factors and selection ranks are and how to write an EAS applicant statement, to what to do if students have been disadvantaged during their final years of schooling.

Two minutes is all you need to become an expert.

Watch the Let's Chat videos here.

News from our institutions

Read the latest news from our institutions.

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • Griffith University
  • ICMS
  • Macquarie University
  • SAE
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW
  • Western Sydney University