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Frequently asked questions about January Round 1, 2020 offers

09 Jan 2020

How do I find out if I have received a January Round 1 offer?

Offers are released at 7.30am on Friday 10 January 2020 on the My UAC mobile app and through UAC’s website.

What do I do when I receive an offer in January Round 1?

UAC advises you to accept your offer. You may not receive an offer in the later rounds and if you don’t accept by the specified date, the offer will lapse and your position at university will be offered to someone else.

If I accept my January Round 1 offer, can I get an offer in a later round?

Yes. In January Round 2 on Thursday 23 January you will be considered for any of the preferences listed higher than the preference offered in January Round 1. You can also be considered for other courses, but you must change your preferences. If you want to be considered for lower preferences than the course you have been offered in January Round 1, you must remove the offered course from your preferences or put it below the other courses. If you receive a January Round 2 offer, you can either accept your January Round 2 offer and withdraw from your January Round 1 offer or keep the January Round 1 offer and not accept the January Round 2 offer, depending on which offer you prefer.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes, most institutions allow you to delay the start of your studies for a year, but each institution has its own deferment policy. Some institutions grant deferment only in special circumstances, so check with the institution.

How do I find out what the selection ranks were?

The ATAR profiles for January Round 1, including details of the selection rank (previously known as the cut-off) for entry into each course will be published on UAC’s website at the same time as January Round 1 offers are released. Remember that selection ranks are not just ATARs as they include adjustment factors (previously known as bonus points).

What if I don’t receive an offer in January Round 1?

Don’t lose heart and remember that there are more offer rounds to come. Your preferences will be considered again in January Round 2, but to be considered for other courses, you must change your preferences.

Why didn’t I receive an offer in January Round 1?

You’ll be able to download correspondence by logging in to your application on UAC’s website which will tell you why you didn’t receive an offer. Usually it’s because you weren’t competitive enough against other applicants.

How do I know if there are any courses with vacancies after January Round 1?

A list of courses with vacancies is available on UAC’s website at the same time that offers are released. Courses that have a ‘(V)’ next to the course code have vacancies. There may be vacancies in courses other than those specified with a ‘(V)’, but only if January Round 1 offers aren’t accepted. Contact the institution for further information.

Do I need to change my preferences for January Round 2?

Change your preferences only if you want your courses to be considered in a different order to the January Round 1 preferences and/or if you want to add or substitute other courses. Remember that preferences are considered in the order in which you have listed them and that courses listed below an offered course will not be considered.

How do I change my preferences?

You can change your preferences by logging in to your application on UAC’s website. You can change your preferences for January Round 2 from 7.30am on Friday 10 January until midnight on Sunday 19 January.

Which courses can I include for January Round 2?

You can include any of the courses available through UAC for consideration in January Round 2. Check which courses have vacancies and make sure you are eligible for any new courses you list in your preferences. Some courses have special entry requirements, course prerequisites and/or early application closing dates. Check the course descriptions by using the course search on UAC’s website or mobile app.

When are January Round 2 offers released?

January Round 2 offers are released at 7.30am on Thursday 23 January 2020.

Can I still apply to study at university in 2020?

Yes. You can apply through UAC for first semester study until midnight on Friday 7 February 2020.

Where can I get more information about my study options?

For more information contact the relevant institutions on the numbers below.

Australian Catholic University

1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)

Australian College of Applied Psychology

Freecall 1800 061 199

Australian Maritime College

1300 363 864

Australian National University

Freecall 1800 620 032

Charles Darwin University

1800 061 963

Charles Sturt University

Freecall 1800 DEGREE (1800 334 733)


13 CQUni (13 27 86)

Griffith University

Freecall 1800 677 728

International College of Management, Sydney

Freecall 1800 110 490

La Trobe University

1300 135 045

Macleay College

1300 939 888

Macquarie University

(02) 9850 6410


(02) 8267 1400

National Art School

(02) 9339 8651

SAE Creative Media Institute

Freecall 1800 SAE EDU (1800 723 338)


(02) 9964 6555

Southern Cross University

Freecall 1800 626 481 (02) 8249 3200

Torrens University Australia

1300 880 610

University of Canberra

Freecall 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

University of New England

Freecall 1800 818 865

University of Newcastle

Callaghan campus – (02) 4921 5000
Ourimbah campus – (02) 4348 4000
Port Macquarie campus – (02) 4921 5000

University of Sydney

Freecall 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)

University of Technology Sydney

1300 ASK UTS (1300 275 887)

University of Wollongong

1300 367 869

UNSW Canberra at ADFA

(02) 9385 1844
(02) 6268 6000

Western Sydney University

1300 897 669

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