Offers FAQ

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the offer process.

If you have questions regarding your offer contact the institution directly. The institutions decide who they'll make offers to. UAC doesn't select applicants, or have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer, or question decisions made by institutions.

What is a conditional offer?

Approximately 48 hours after you've applied to UAC, you'll receive a conditional offer of admission, which you may use as part of your pre-visa assessment if required. Your conditional offer lists all the courses for which you've applied. You can view your conditional offer by logging in to your application.

You need to receive an unconditional offer to be eligible to enrol in a course of study. You need to meet the minimum admission requirements of the institution and compete against other applicants to receive an unconditional offer.

What is an unconditional offer?

To receive an unconditional offer to a course you must have it in your list of courses when offers are made, have an ATAR (or equivalent) equal to or higher than the final cut-off for admission to the course, and have met any other course entry requirements. Read offers for unconditional offer dates.

How will I know if I get an offer?

You can find out if you've received an unconditional offer by checking the UAC International website on the offer round date – offers will be available to view as soon as institutions start making their offers. You can also view and download your unconditional offer by logging in to your application. If you use an agent your agent will also be able to view your offers.

How many offers can I receive?

You can receive only one offer per institution in each offer run. That offer will be to the highest preference for which you are eligible and competitive enough.

Can I receive an offer in more than one offer run?

You could receive an offer in more than one offer run. If you do, you can choose which offer to accept. If you receive an offer in one run and accept it, and then receive an offer in a later run, you can choose either to:

  • keep your previous offer and not accept your new offer,
  • accept your new offer and withdraw from the course you have already accepted.

Do I need to change my preferences between offer runs?

Not unless you’ve changed your mind about what to study.

If you receive an offer to your first preference for an institution in one offer run, you won’t be considered for your lower preferences at that institution in subsequent offer runs unless you change your preferences.

Your courses for an institution are considered in the order in which you've listed them.

If I receive an offer, can I accept it and change preferences for a later offer run?

Your courses for an institution are considered in the order in which you've listed them.

If you receive an offer to your first preference for an institution in one offer run, you won’t be considered for your lower preferences at that institution in subsequent offer runs unless you change your preferences.

If you’d like to be considered for other courses at an institution, you need to remove your first preference and put your new preferred course as your first preference for that institution before the closing date for the next offer run. Read key dates for closing dates.

If you receive an offer to a lower preference in an offer run, you’ll automatically be considered for your higher preferences at an institution in subsequent runs.

How and when do accept my offer?

Read your offer information carefully – it will tell you the deadline for accepting your offer. If you don't accept your offer by the date given your offer will lapse.

Each institution has its own instructions on how to accept your offer. Follow the institution's instructions carefully.

If your application is successful, your offer information will explain acceptance and enrolment dates and procedures at the institution making the offer. Each institution has its own instructions on how to accept your offer and how to pay the required tuition fee deposits and the compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) charge. Follow the institution's instructions carefully. If you are applying through an agent, your agent will help you.

Some institutions have online acceptance and facilities for online payment of fees and charges.

Take particular notice of any deadlines the institution has for accepting the offer.

Once you have accepted your offer and sent your payment, the institution will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). This document will allow you to obtain your student visa.

Are all my preferences given equal consideration? If I have something as my sixth preference, will it get considered in the same way as someone who has it as their first preference?

Your course preferences are considered in the order you have listed them on your application. You'll be considered equally with all other eligible applicants, whether it is your first or sixth preference.

I’m not going to be here when offers are released. Can someone else accept for me?

To authorise someone to accept an offer on your behalf, contact the relevant institution.

If I receive an offer, can I defer my enrolment?

Some institutions allow you to defer in some courses. Contact the relevant institution for more information.

How do I enrol?

Your offer information will contain details on how to enrol.

I am away for enrolment. What should I do?

When you access your offer on UAC's website, you'll be directed to follow a link to information about acceptance and enrolment procedures.

Alternatively, contact the relevant institution for advice. Enrolment dates and procedures differ for each institution.

How do I find out why I didn’t get an offer?

If you aren't made an offer at all for admission in semester 1, 2017, in mid-February 2017 you'll receive notification from UAC advising you that your application wasn't successful.

If you have questions, you'll need to speak to the admissions office at the institution and ask why you were not made an offer and what study options may be available to you.

The institutions, not UAC, decide who'll receive offers based on the preferences expressed by applicants in their UAC applications.

Should I accept my offer or wait to see if I get one in another run?

If you receive an offer in one offer run, don’t assume that you’ll receive another offer in a subsequent run. If you don’t accept your offer and you don’t receive an offer in a subsequent offer run, you may miss out on studying at university in 2017.

Accepting your offer doesn’t stop you from being considered in subsequent offer runs unless it is your first preference at an institution. Read 'If I receive an offer, can I accept it and change preferences for a later run?' above.

Who decides who gets an offer?

The institutions decide who they will make offers to. UAC doesn’t select applicants and doesn’t have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer or to question decisions made by institutions.

How does the selection process work?

Read the selection process for more information.

When do I have to accept my offer by?

Read your offer carefully – it will tell you when you need to accept your offer by.

How do bonus points affect my offers?

If you receive bonus points, you may receive an offer to a course even if your ATAR is below the course cut-off. Read bonus points for more information.

I received an offer even though my ATAR was lower than the cut-off. Why?

How are course cut-offs determined?

The interaction of three factors determines cut-offs:

  • the number of places available in the course
  • the number of applicants for the course
  • the quality of those applicants.

Read Australian, New Zealand and overseas secondary studies for more information.

I received an offer to a course I did not apply for. Why?

If you don't meet an institution's requirements for entry to an undergraduate degree course that you've applied for, some institutions may make you an offer to another course with a lower level of study, such as an international foundation program.

More information about these courses is available from the relevant institution.