Changing your preferences FAQ

Questions and answers about how to use Check & Change to change your preferences, which courses you can include and deadlines for changing preferences.

You can't change your courses by telephone, letter, fax or email.

How do I change my course preferences?

You can add, delete, or change the order of your courses using Check & Change.

There is no UAC charge to change your preferences.

Check & Change is available between 7.30am and midnight (Sydney local time) seven days a week.

Can I include any course when I change my preferences?

Some courses have early closing dates. This means that you must have the course as a preference by the closing date. Check the course descriptions, available through the course search for early closing dates.

Does the order of my preferences matter?

Yes, put the course preferences in the order you'd most like them to be considered. Put the course you'd most like to do first, then the course you'd next prefer to do, and so on. This is because during the selection process, your course preferences are considered one at a time in the order in which you've listed them on your application.

If you're not selected for your first course preference you'll be considered equally with all other eligible applicants for your second course preference and so on.

Note that in some offer rounds, only first preferences (or consecutive preferences at the same institution) are considered. Also, not all applicants are considered in each offer round, and not all institutions make offers in each round.

For more information read offers and the selection process faq.

Can I choose courses that start in semester 1 and semester 2?

Your preferences can include any courses starting in late 2014, semester 1, 2015 and the second half of 2015. Remember that your application will remain valid throughout the admissions period.

If there is more than one start date for a course, you will need to select your preferred start date. You can apply for the same course with multiple start dates; however, each start date is considered a new preference.

What are the deadlines for changing my preferences?

You can add, delete or change the order of your preferences as many times as you like during the periods shown below.

Change of preferences are accepted for:

September Round 1 change preferences by midnight on Tue 2 Sep 2014
September Round 2 change preferences by midnight on Tue 23 Sep 2014
October Round change preferences by midnight on Tue 21 Oct 2014
November Round change preferences by midnight on Tue 11 Nov 2014
December Round change preferences by midnight on Tue 2 Dec 2014
January Round 1 change preferences by midnight on Sun 4 Jan 2015
Main Round (January Round 2) change preferences by midnight on Wed 7 Jan 2015
February Round 1 change preferences by midnight on Tue 27 Jan 2015
February Round 2 change preferences by midnight on Sun 8 Feb 2015
February Round 3 change preferences by midnight on Mon 6 Feb 2015
February Round 4 change preferences by midnight on Mon 23 Feb 2015
March Round change preferences by midnight on Mon 9 Mar 2015
April Round change preferences by midnight on Mon 6 Apr 2015
May Round 1 change preferences by midnight on Mon 4 May 2015
May Round 2 change preferences by midnight on Mon 18 May 2015
June Round 1 change preferences by midnight on Mon 8 Jun 2015
June Round 2 change preferences by midnight on Mon 22 Jun 2015
July Round 1 change preferences by midnight on Mon 29 Jun 2015
July Round 2 change preferences by midnight on Mon 13 Jul 2015
July Round 3 change preferences by midnight on Fri 17 Jul 2015

Can someone change my preferences for me?

Yes, but you must provide UAC with authority for someone to act on your behalf.

If you didn't already do this when you applied, write to UAC and include your UAC application number, name and signature and the signature of the person you're authorising to act on your behalf.

Address postal correspondence to:

UAC
Locked Bag 112
Silverwater NSW 2128
Australia

Does it cost anything to change preferences?

No, changing your preferences is free.

How many times can I change preferences?

You can change your preferences as many times as you like.

Do I have to change preferences between each offer round?

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

If you receive an offer to your first preference in one offer round, you won't be considered for your lower preferences in subsequent offer rounds unless you change your preferences.

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