Schools Recommendation Schemes

Schools Recommendation Schemes

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

Who can apply?

To apply for SRS you must be a Year 12 applicant who is attempting:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2020, or
  • an International Baccalaureate in Australia in 2020.

You must also be a UAC applicant for undergraduate admission in 2020–21 and:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or 
  • a permanent resident of Australia or holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

Institution criteria

Participating institutions may use one or more of the following criteria listed when considering your application:

  • your Year 11 studies
  • your school’s rating of your aptitudes
  • your Educational Access Schemes (EAS) application (if applicable)
  • institution-specific documents (if applicable).

    Institutions will then make offers based:

    • solely on SRS criteria
    • on both SRS criteria and ATAR/selection rank
    • on SRS criteria and ATAR and equity criteria.

    Each institution has its own policy for determining SRS eligibility and making offers. For example, you may also have to submit an EAS application by institution-defined date/s, or attend a school in a particular region.

    SRS is not available for all courses. The institution-specific SRS criteria detail any exceptions. 

    Institution-specific SRS criteria

    Find out which institutions are taking part in SRS and the criteria they set for applicants.

    How your school rates you

    Your school rates you on your aptitude in five areas.

    Application dates


    May 2020

    01 May 2020

    SRS: School ratings open for 2020

    SRS school ratings open in May. UAC will email schools.


    Sep 2020

    20 Sep 2020

    SRS: Applications close for 2020

    Apply for Schools Recommendation Schemes by midnight.


    Sep 2020

    30 Sep 2020

    SRS: School ratings close for 2020

    SRS school ratings close at midnight.


    Nov 2020

    08 Nov 2020

    SRS: Applicants finalise courses to be considered for an SRS offer

    Applicants must have any courses they would like to be considered for an SRS offer included in their list of preferences by midnight.

    View all SRS dates