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Frequently asked questions about the latest uni offers

12 Jan 2023

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

Offers are released at 7.30am on Thursday 12 January 2023 via email. Applicants can also view their offer by logging in to their application through UAC’s website.

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

We advise 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 Wednesday 25 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?

A document with the lowest selection rank (previously known as the cut-off) for entry into each course will be published on UAC’s website when January Round 1 offers are released. Remember that selection ranks are not just ATARs, they include adjustment factors (previously known as bonus points).

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

The document listing the lowest selection ranks for January Round 1 courses will also indicate which courses will likely have limited vacancies in January Round 2. There may be vacancies in courses other than those specified, but only if January Round 1 offers aren’t accepted. Contact the institution for further information.

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?

Usually, it’s because you weren’t competitive enough against other applicants. Check the list of January Round 1 lowest selection ranks and compare them to your ATAR. For January Round 2, make sure you change your preferences to include at least one course that requires a selection rank lower than your ATAR.

If you are not eligible to receive an offer to a course you have included in your course preferences (eg you have not satisfied course prerequisites), there will be a statement to this effect under the course preference in your application.

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 Thursday 12 January until 11.59pm on Thursday 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.

When are January Round 2 offers released?

January Round 2 offers are released at 7.30am on Wednesday 25 January.

What if I was told I was unsuccessful after December Round 2 (22 December 2022)?

Like everybody else, your preferences will be considered again in January Round 1, January Round 2, and so on.

The email you received after December Round 2 will be removed from the list of correspondence in your application on 20 January 2023. If you do not receive an offer in January Round 1 and January Round 2, we will email you again after January Round 2 (on 25 January) to let you know you have been unsuccessful.

Can I still apply to study at university in 2023?

Yes. You can apply through UAC for first semester study until midnight on Friday 3 February 2023.

Where can I get more information about my study options?

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

AIE Institute

1300 972 622

Australian Catholic University

1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)

Australian College of Applied Professions

1800 039 139

Australian College of Physical Education

1300 302 867

Australian National University

1800 620 032

Charles Darwin University

1800 061 963

Charles Sturt University

1800 275 278


13 CQUni (13 27 86)

Griffith University

1800 677 728

International College of Management, Sydney

1800 110 490

La Trobe University

1300 135 045

Macquarie University

(02) 9850 6767


1800 648 669

National Art School

(02) 9339 8651

SAE Creative Media Institute

1800 SAE EDU (1800 723 338)


(02) 9964 6555

Southern Cross University

1800 626 481

Torrens University Australia

1300 575 803

University of Canberra

1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

University of New England

1800 818 865

University of Newcastle

1300-ASKUON (1300 275 866)

University of Notre Dame

Broadway campus (02) 8204 4404

Darlinghurst campus (02) 8204 4450

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 Sydney

UNSW Canberra - ADFA

1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)

(02) 6268 8201

Western Sydney University

1300 897 669

For more information about applying through UAC, visit UAC’s website.

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Diane Jardine, Communications Coordinator, UAC on 0436 459 603, or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on 0409 155 112.