Schools

SRS information for schools

SRS key dates for schools

Applications closed: midnight 19 Sep 2022

Ratings closed: midnight 4 Oct 2022 (late ratings not accepted)

First SRS offers released: 11 Nov 2022

The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) gives Australian Year 12 students who have applied for undergraduate admission through UAC an opportunity to be assessed on criteria other than, or in addition to, the ATAR.

Institutions use a wide range of selection criteria, including school recommendations and senior secondary studies.

Institutions have their own policies on determining SRS eligibility and making offers. Institutions can, for example, make early offers based on:

  • SRS criteria only
  • SRS criteria and ATAR (or equivalent)
  • SRS and equity criteria (eg an Educational Access Scheme assessment).

Institution-specific SRS criteria

This year, the following institutions will be participating in SRS:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian College of Physical Education
  • Charles Sturt University
  • International College of Management, Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • National Art School
  • SAE Creative Media Institute
  • Torrens University Australia
  • University of Canberra
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Notre Dame, Australia
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • UNSW Sydney
  • Western Sydney University

November Round 1: 11 November 2022

  • SRS conditional and unconditional offers emailed to applicants.
  • Conditional offers are released in November Round 1 only. Applicants can receive up to five conditional offers depending on their course preferences and the institutions' criteria.
  • Applicants can receive only one unconditional offer in each offer round. After November Round 1, institutions may make additional unconditional SRS offers in November Round 2 and December Round 1.

December Round 2: 22 December 2022

  • Conditional offers received in November Round 1 are converted to unconditional offers if the applicants meet the institutions' criteria.

What principals need to do for SRS

When UAC receives an SRS application from one of your students, your principal will be emailed a link to access SRS Principals and view your school’s applicant details. Principals then need to advise their nominated rater to log in to SRS Raters and rate any unrated students. Ratings have closed for 2022. Links to SRS Principals and SRS Raters will be available again from April 2023.

If your school’s principal has changed since last year, or you have any queries, please email srs@uac.edu.au. Otherwise no action is required until you receive an email from us advising that applications have been received from your students.

You will receive an email from UAC each time an SRS application is received from your school. The email will contain a link for you to log in to ‘SRS Principals’.

  1. Log in to ‘SRS Principals’ by entering your user ID and password. These were emailed to you the first time your school participated in SRS. If you've misplaced your login details, request them by emailing srs@uac.edu.au.
  2. You will be taken to the last section you viewed:
    School details
    This is where you can update your, and your rater's, details.
    My students
    This section contains details of all Year 12 students enrolled at your school. It also indicates whether or not they have applied for admission through UAC and for SRS, and whether or not their SRS application has been rated by your school’s rater.
    Settings

    This is where you can set the frequency and timing of the SRS Summary Report that UAC will email to you. The report details whether or not your students have applied for undergraduate admission through UAC and for SRS, and whether or not their SRS application has been rated by your school’s rater. It also indicates the specific rating values applicants have been assigned.
  3. Navigate between the sections using the tabs on the left-hand side of the page
  4. After you’ve made changes to your school details or settings, inform your school’s rater that there are SRS applications to be rated.
  5. Once notified by you, the principal, the raters can start rating applicants via ‘SRS Raters’.

What raters need to do for SRS

A rater is a permanent member of staff nominated by the principal to provide their professional assessment of each SRS applicant’s capacity for study in 10 areas and aptitude in 5 areas.

Schools can only nominate one rater and submit one set of ratings. If multiple staff are contributing to student ratings, the SRS rater template will help you collate their assessments.

  1. When advised by your principal that a student has applied for SRS, log in to SRS Raters using your User ID and password (provided by your principal).
  2. Navigate to 'Applicant selection' and select the student's name.
  3. Enter specific ratings against each of the five aptitudes. Ratings range from 'inadequate' to 'exceptional'.
  4. Save and submit your rating. Once submitted, ratings cannot be edited.

Your principal will receive an email from UAC every time an SRS application is submitted by a student at your school. They should advise you when they receive each notification.

Principals can view details of applications received through UAC as well as update rater details, if required.

  1. Go to UAC’s website at uac.edu.au/schools/srs-schools and log in to ‘SRS Raters’ by entering your User ID and password.
  2. You can reset your password, if required, after you enter your User ID.
  3. You will be taken to the last section you viewed:
    My details
    This is where you can update your details, including changing your password.
    Settings
    This is where you can set the frequency and timing of the SRS Summary Report that UAC will email to you. The report details whether or not your students have applied for undergraduate admission through UAC and for SRS, and whether or not their SRS application has been rated by your school’s rater. It also indicates the specific rating values applicants have been assigned.
    Applicant selection
    This is where you select specific applicants to rate.
    Applicant rating
    This where you enter specific ratings for applicants you have selected.
  4. After you have entered your ratings for an applicant, save and submit your rating. Neither you nor your principal will be able to change these ratings after they have been submitted.
  5. Finalise all your ratings by midnight 4 October 2022.

You will be asked to rate each SRS applicant's performance and ability in 10 areas of study.

The 10 areas of study are:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Commerce
    Rate the student on their suitability to undertake courses in this field.
  3. Creative Arts
  4. Education
    Rate the student on their suitability to undertake courses in this field.
  5. English/Humanities/Social Sciences
    Rate the student’s performance in their strongest subject within this area of study.
  6. Health
    Rate the student on their suitability to undertake courses in this field.
  7. Languages
  8. Mathematics
  9. Science
  10. Technology.

Areas of study rating scale

  • Exceptional
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Adequate
  • Inadequate
  • Not applicable
    Use 'Not applicable' if a student is not studying this area. If you rate one or more areas as ‘Not Applicable’, this will not disadvantage your student as long as a rating other than ‘Not Applicable’ is provided for at least one area of study.

You will be asked to rate each SRS applicant's aptitude in five categories.

The five aptitude categories are:

  1. capacity for abstract thought and analysis
  2. ability to organise ideas and articulate a position orally and in written form
  3. ability to work and learn independently
  4. motivation to achieve long-term goals
  5. capacity for tertiary study.

Aptitude rating scale

  • Exceptional
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Adequate
  • Inadequate

School SRS Summary Reports

When you log in to SRS Principals or SRS Raters for the first time, you are asked to set the frequency and timing of your school’s SRS Summary Reports via Settings. UAC will then email your SRS reports to the principal and rater on the days you have nominated.

Each report contains 26 columns: these are explained below.

Column Explanation
A to F These columns contain details about your current Year 12 students (eg UAC number, student number, name, date of birth).
G Undergraduate application status
This column tells you which Year 12 students have submitted an application for undergraduate admission through UAC and the status of their application. These students may or may not have also submitted an SRS application. See Column H.
(Applicants must submit an application for undergraduate admission through UAC before they can apply for SRS.)
H SRS submitted
This column tells you which Year 12 students have submitted an SRS application in addition to their UAC undergraduate application for admission.
I to J Rated – study areas and Rated – aptitudes
These columns tell you how many ratings have been completed for the students who have applied for SRS. For example, if you have rated 9 out of the 10 areas of study, Column I will show ‘9 of 10’.
You must rate all 10 areas of study and all 5 aptitudes for each SRS applicant.
K to Y These columns tell you how you have rated each student against the 10 areas of study and 5 aptitudes.
If these columns are blank, you have not rated the student. Once you have rated the student, these columns will populate.
Z Ratings submitted
If you have submitted ratings for the student this column will state ‘YES’.
If you have not submitted ratings for the student this column will state ‘NO’.
Once you have rated all areas of study and all aptitudes, a SUBMIT button will appear next to the student’s name in the ‘Applicant selection’ section of SRS Raters. If you do not see the SUBMIT button, it means you have not responded to all of the 10 areas of study and 5 aptitudes.