UAC COVID-19 update

Page last updated 31 Oct 2021

UAC COVID-19 update

UAC is fully operational and available to provide ongoing support for students, schools and parents.

Our call centre team is standing by to take calls on (+61 2) 9752 0200 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Livechat and email through our website are also available.

NSW and ACT Year 12 students

On Friday 10 September a revised timetable for HSC examinations and results was released.

As a consequence, the following UAC dates will change:

  • ATARs for NSW and ACT Year 12 students will now be released at 9am on Thursday 20 January 2022.
  • January Round 2 will now be the first ATAR-based offer round. The deadline for changing preferences for January Round 2 will be midnight on Friday 21 January 2022.
  • January Round 2 offers will be released at 7.30am on Wednesday 26 January 2022.
  • EAS applications must be completed by Friday 17 December to be considered in January Round 2 offers and to receive an eligibility letter on Thursday 20 January 2022.

International students will also receive ATAR-based offers on Wednesday 26 January 2022.

All new dates are now published in the UAC key dates listing.

Stay up to date with the latest information:

We’re here to help, so please get in touch if you need advice or reassurance. Keep an eye out for our regular Facebook and Instagram Live sessions.

New COVID-19 payments added to EAS categories of disadvantage

There is no Educational Access Scheme (EAS) category of disadvantage that specifically covers the impact of COVID-19 on your education. However, you can now claim financial hardship under EAS if your parent or guardian has received one or more of the following payments for at least three months:

  • JobKeeper
  • COVID-19 Disaster Payments
  • JobSaver
  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payments (if care of a COVID-19 positive person was required).

This is in addition to the provisions for applicants whose parent or guardian has JobSeeker payments. We urge all eligible students to apply.

How to claim financial hardship consideration under EAS

We understand that there may be other situations people are dealing with now that are not covered by EAS, but EAS doesn’t cover every disadvantage. The rigour and equity of EAS also require external reliable documentation, usually from responsible third-party sources.

Note that some students disadvantaged by COVID-19 may already be eligible under at least one of the existing EAS categories relating to home environment, personal illness and other financial hardship.

Applications to undergraduate courses

Here are some important things to remember:

Information for schools

Our Community Engagement team are currently offering virtual events only but will resume face-to-face events as soon as possible. For more information or to make a booking, email

Information for institutions

All UAC departments are operating effectively and institutions should continue to use the usual channels of communication.