Non-year 12 international students must apply directly to Cairnmillar and must also advise our admissions team on [email protected].

All other applications are submitted through VTAC. See Cairnmillar’s page on VTAC and the Undergraduate landing page for more detailed information. If you are applying through the Special Consideration Access Scheme (SEAS), see our Undergraduate page for further information.  

When to apply

Non-year 12 international students must apply by 17 January 2023 (5pm)

All other applications will close as per VTAC's dates listed below:

Application rounds 



Application Fee 

Timely applications 

1 August 2022 (9am) 

29 September 2022 (5pm) 

$44 (current year 12 applicants) 

$62 (all other applicants) 

Late applications 

29 September 2022 (5:15pm) 

4 November 2022 (5pm) 


*Very late applications 

4 November 2022 (5:15pm) 

2 December 2022 (5pm) 


January applications 

4 January 2023 (10am) 

17 January 2023 (5pm) 


For more information on when and how to apply, please visit VTAC's website here

How to apply

There are two main admission pathways for this program: 

School leavers with an Australia Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 

  • Must have a minimum ATAR of 65 

Mature aged applicants (21+ years of age) who do not have an ATAR 

Must demonstrate: 

  • Capacity for successful study at Bachelor level (AQF 7) in their application, via completion of year 12 (or equivalent study of year 12 secondary education) 


  • Appropriate work experience  

In addition to the above, documentation required in the application includes: 

  • Most recent academic transcript(s) (e.g., university or ATAR transcript). 
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (resume). 
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g., passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate). 
  • Applicants will also be required to answer four short-answer questions in the application, totalling approximately 500 words, that focus on aspirations, qualities, attitude and relevant skills in regard to psychology and counselling. 

International students, who do not otherwise meet the AHPRA English standards, are also required to undertake The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the IELTS test, and a minimum overall band score of 7. For more information, visit: 

Admission requirements for different applicant groups: 

Applicants with higher education study 

  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma. 
  • Overseas tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications. 
  • Completed bridging or enabling course 
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study: 

  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher. 
  • Overseas tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.

Applicants with work and life experience: 

  • Includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago 
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

Applicants with recent secondary education: 

  • ATAR-based admission 
  • Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis their ATAR.
  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 65. 
  • Overseas secondary qualifications considered equivalent to the above.