Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme

Video: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scheme

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme can improve your chances of admission into the University of Newcastle.

Through the scheme, applications are assessed for admission to all undergraduate programs other than the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine – Joint Medical Program.

The scheme is administered by the Wollotuka Institute and the University of Newcastle Admissions team.

Assessment for entry is coordinated by the Wollotuka Institute in conjunction with faculties and schools across the University.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme enables applicants to be assessed on any formal qualifications, life experiences and other transferable skills that support your application.

Interviews for offers to study in Semester 1 2022, will take place from 6-8th December 2021. Interview dates will be allocated upon the competition of your application.

(The UAC applies to NSW and ACT, please see alternative admission schemes for your state.)


How to apply

Entry into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme involves a three-step process.

Applications will close on 22nd November 2021 - please note your Application to Establish your status within the University may take at least a week to be approved.


Step one

Complete an application to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) and submit – please make a note of your UAC ID number.

While completing your UAC application, please remember to identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student and select the University of Newcastle as your first preference.

Please ensure you click 'Yes' under the Alternative entry section of the UAC application to be considered for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme.

Go to UAC

Step two

Establish your Status within the University of Newcastle – Confirmation of Aboriginality

Step three

Complete the application for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme – please remember to enter your UAC ID.

You will be contacted within 10-14 business days with information about the interview process from a representative from the Wollotuka Institute.


Entry through this program considers the applicant’s relevant life, work, educational and training experiences, in addition to any formal qualifications.

The interview ensures applicants are selecting the most appropriate course.

Contact us

For further information, please contact the Wollotuka Institute.

Phone: (02) 4921 6863

Email: wollotuka@newcastle.edu.au

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