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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme

The Access Scheme provides access to higher education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may not otherwise qualify for university entrance.

The Access Scheme can provide entry into a University of Adelaide Undergraduate degree, the University Preparatory Program or the CASM Foundation program.

Can I apply?

The Access Scheme (Pathway) is a suitable pathway into University for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants that are completing year 12, have completed year 12 (with or without an ATAR), have not completed year 12 or are of a mature age.

Completing year 12 student:

If you are currently completing Year 12, you can apply via the Access Scheme, as a safe guard option, in-case you don’t meet the ATAR requirements of your chosen degree. However, you will still need to meet the pre-requisites of your chosen degree when applying.

Completed year 12 (with or without ATAR):

If you completed the requirements for your SACE certificate in Year 12, but didn’t obtain the ATAR required for your chosen degree, then the Access Scheme may offer a pathway into your chosen degree provided you meet the pre-requisites when applying.

Have not completed year 12/mature age:

The Access Scheme may offer a pathway into your chosen degree provided you meet the pre-requisites when applying.

*All applicants must be at least 17 years of age prior to the start of the semester in which they commence.

How is my application assessed?

Applications are assessed on the following

  • Written application (please see attached Access Scheme Application form).
  • Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (1.5 hour test involving comprehension, writing and basic arithmetic ability).
  • Student support assessment and plan (appointment with a student support officer to identify your individual needs as a student and how Wirltu Yarlu can best support your studies).
  • Selection interview (30 minute interview with a Wirltu Yarlu staff member and a member of the Faculty/School your chosen degree is relevant to).
  • CASM applicants must also undertake a musical audition.

What are the conditions if I am admitted via The Access Scheme?

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who gain entry through the Access Scheme must attend the Wirltu Yarlu Orientation, prior to O Week. Additionally, they must sign up for the Academic Mentoring Program upon commencement of their studies for all of their courses, participate in making a student success plan and complete an initial self-assessment at the beginning of their studies and they must attend follow up appointments with their assigned Student Support Officer every six months during studies.

Access Scheme Application

  • Access Scheme Application Dates
    Semester 2, 2019
    • 15th June 2019*

    Note: Not all programs offer mid-year entry, please contact our Admissions Officer.

    * These rounds do not include Medicine, Dentistry & Oral Health programs

    Access Scheme Process

    Access Scheme Application

  • Application Enquiry

    To discuss your study options further please contact one of our helpful staff.

    • Telephone: (08) 8313 3623
    • Facsimile: (08) 8313 4396
    • Email:
    • Freecall for country and interstate callers:
      • phone 1800 651 763 or fax 1800 359 573
  • Confirmation of Aboriginality

    Admission via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme is for people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander only.

    In order for an application to be processed by Wirltu Yarlu applicants must provide confirmation of their origins by completing a "Declaration of Descent" Form that is endorsed by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation seal.

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