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Speed up your university application with these tips

This article appears in:
Pathways to Uni, Future and Focus, From High School to Uni

If you’re applying to attend a course at Charles Darwin University, you’ll find lots of help online. That said, there are several steps involved in applying, so it’s worth heeding a few words of advice to help smooth your journey. In this case, the advice is provided by CDU’s Kara Blohm, Manager, Admissions and Scholarships.

Before you begin, it’s helpful to know that there are two main university admission centres used for entry to CDU: South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) and Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). SATAC and UAC each have a relationship with most Australian universities, so if you have done higher education study, they can usually request your documents electronically on your behalf.

If you are a CDU alumnus you can apply for most undergraduate courses at CDU via MyNextCourse, which is CDU’s direct application pathway.


To get started, go to find a course on CDU’s website.

Review information found in the ‘entry requirements tab’ under the course you’ve selected.

Select the ‘how to apply’ tab under the course you’ve selected:

  • If you are not in NSW, choose the SATAC option
  • If you are in New South Wales, choose the UAC option

Follow the below tips to ensure your applications is quickly approved.

  1. Apply for your course well before the closing date. This will ensure CDU staff can assist you if you need to prove that you meet all entry requirements for your course.
  2. Submit your application along with all required supporting documentation.
  3. If you changed your name, since completing previous studies submit proof of that.
  4. If you’re awaiting the completion of your grades from your previous educational institution, request that they give you an early grade release or course completion. When you receive this, notify SATAC that you have it so they can verify it, as requests are sent when you first apply, then only a few times during the admission cycle.
  5. Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications often need to be uploaded with your application. Check entry requirements for your course. If the course allows entry only with a diploma or above, there is no need to provide proof of your Certificate III completion.
  6. Australian Year 12 results can be verified electronically by SATAC and UAC.
  7. If you are unable to verify any of the above-listed information requirements, SATAC will notify you of that via email. Closely monitor your nominated email account and respond to correspondence promptly.
  8. Pay your outstanding fees when you apply, as admission offers that are made to you cannot be processed if you have an unpaid debt.

Remember, if you need assistance or advice at any stage, Student Central is there to help. You can call us on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email us at

This article appears in:
Pathways to Uni, Future and Focus, From High School to Uni

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