UAC COVID-19 update

UAC is committed to ensuring that our core services remain available while we comply with government requirements and endeavour to keep our staff safe. Further updates will be available on our website as information comes to hand.

COVID-19 FAQs for Year 12 students

Important advice for Year 12 students

We know you’re worried about how your plans to go to uni in 2021 will be affected by COVID-19.

We want to reassure you that UAC will work with universities, NESA (and other state boards of studies and the IBO), schools and other stakeholders to ensure that no student is disadvantaged in relation to university entry.

These are very difficult times, but we are all committed to looking after you and giving you the support you need.

It’s important that you continue with your studies and with your plans for next year. Look after yourself and try not to worry. Be reassured by the many of us working in the background to help you get through Year 12 and reach your goals.

The Education Council has confirmed that Year 12 students will be able to achieve their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education this year and UAC will still be calculating an ATAR for 2020 NSW HSC students. The ACTBSSS has also stated that it will still be calculating an ATAR for 2020 ACT Year 12 students. IB students will still receive a UAC rank based on their IB Diploma scores.

New key dates: Following the announcement by NESA that HSC results will be released at 6am Friday 18 December, some of our key dates have changed:

  • ATARs released: 9am Friday 18 December
  • Deadline for changing preferences for December Round 2: midnight Saturday 19 December
  • December Round 2 offers released: 7.30am Wednesday 23 December

These dates apply to both domestic and international Year 12 students.

No other dates in 2020 have been changed and offers for Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) will still be released on 12 November.

Dates still to be confirmed:

  • The timing of offers in January 2021 may change to accommodate results from other states; this will be confirmed as soon as possible.
  • The timing of the release of the ACT ATAR will be confirmed by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.

New EAS disadvantages: We are adding two new disadvantages to Educational Access Schemes (EAS) in 2020 to help students whose families have been disadvantaged financially by the impact of COVID-19. There are more details on our EAS page.

Watch the message of support from Kim Paino, General Manager of Marketing and Communications, and keep an eye out for our regular Facebook and Instagram Live sessions.

Keep up to date with the latest information:

We’re here to help, so please get in touch if you need advice or reassurance.

For all applicants to undergraduate courses

Applications for semester 2, 2020 and semester 1, 2021 opened on Wednesday 1 April as scheduled. Note the following new key dates:

  • Deadline for changing preferences for December Round 2: midnight Saturday 19 December
  • December Round 2 offers released: 7.30am Wednesday 23 December

These dates also apply to international Year 12 applicants.

In response to COVID-19, most institutions are moving courses online to enable students to continue their studies. Contact individual institutions for specific arrangements.

NSW and ACT Year 12 students were emailed their UAC PIN on 1 April.

Our call centre is fully operational, and our friendly team is standing by to take calls on 1300 275 822 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Livechat and email through our website also continue to be available.

For the health and safety of our staff and the general public, the face-to-face counter service at our Sydney Olympic Park head office is currently closed.

For schools

Many external events, including careers expos, have been cancelled. UAC’s school engagements have been postponed and our community engagement team is working with schools to reschedule until later in the year and/or offer online alternatives. Schools should contact the team directly to make alternative arrangements – email

An up-to-date list of events can be found on this website.

The UAC Guide is now available for Year 12 students through your school. A digital version is also available and can be downloaded from UAC's website.

For institutions

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

Page last updated 9 September 2020