Aboriginal Admission Access

About the Aboriginal Admission Access

The Aboriginal* Admission Access (AAA) is designed to increase the participation of Aboriginal people into the University of South Australia by providing choices to Undergraduate programs.

The AAA is an alternative pathway for students to gain entry to UniSA who do not meet the criteria through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) application process, and who may not have an adequate Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) score.


This is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Wirringka Student Services supports a fair and equitable admission process and you must successfully meet all the necessary requirements to enter the Aboriginal Admission Access with the University of South Australia. 

Completion of the application form does not guarantee acceptance.


An Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is one who:

  1. Is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  2. Identifies as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  3. Is accepted as such by the community in which she, he, they lives or has lived.


How the Aboriginal Admission Access works

After applying to study an UniSA course, applicants shall receive a phone call/email from an Aboriginal Student (and Community) Engagement Officer to discuss the next steps.

For applicants applying for courses that considers an ATAR as part of the selection criteria, you may be required to undertake the ACER/UniSelect literacy and/or numeracy quizzes to assess your level of knowledge. Upon completion you shall be invited to attend an informal interview that forms part of the selection criteria, allowing UniSA selection staff to consider the relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, as well as any formal qualifications, and if the applicant should be admitted into the course (degree/qualification).

Applicants will still be required to meet all course prerequisites and any extra requirements as listed for the course you are applying for. In courses that select using a range of criteria (for example folio), the folio you submit will be considered alongside the informal interview to determine potential to succeed in the course. The selection process is non-competitive, meaning applicants are not assessed against other applicants when determining a selection outcome.

Should you not be offered your first preference on this occasion, the selection staff shall offer alternative pathways for you to consider.


If you are interested in applying for the Aboriginal Admission Access, follow the steps below. If you would like assistance, please contact an Aboriginal Student [and Community] Engagement Officer to begin your application or contact us at wirringka@unisa.edu.au

Step 1  SATAC Application OR if applying to an ONLINE program then complete  Step 2.





Please submit your application form to our team at wirringka@unisa.edu.au


*Consistent with common usage now in many organisations, this publication uses the shorter form reference to ‘Aboriginal People’ but is intended, always, to be inclusive of both Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.