How to Apply


The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling is Cairnmillar's inaugural and sole undergraduate program. Unlike postgraduate programs, applications for the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling are to be submitted through VTAC. You can find the VTAC course page here.

Note: this does not apply to mature-aged International applicants, who must still apply via Cairnmillar's Application Portal by Sunday 25 June 2023.

See VTAC's website here for applicant eligibility criteria.

Please follow these steps to apply for the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling (8880210042) through VTAC, remembering to make Cairnmillar your #1 preference if you most wish to study with us.


Before starting your application, it is important to research the relevant entry criteria for your preferred program. You can see view the entry criteria, course structure, graduate outcomes and more on the Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling course page.

Please also visit our FAQ page here for important information about applying to and studying with Cairnmillar.

You can find further information about preparing to apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) on our Undergraduate page (if applicable).

VTAC provides detailed information and instructions on preparing your applications on their website here.


Detailed instructions on how to apply for courses through VTAC can be found on their website here.

Please note that this is a lengthy process (VTAC advises of 13 steps), so it is important to make sure that you are aware of the requirements and begin your application with ample time prior to the relevant closing dates (see below).


Important dates on when to apply - please refer to VTAC's site here



Applications for the following courses will open on the 17 April.

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Master of Child, Youth and Family Mental Health
  • Graduate Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Mental Health
  • Graduate Certificate of Child, Youth and Family Mental Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Applications for all postgraduate courses and mature-aged international undergraduate applications are submitted directly to Cairnmillar, via our online Application Portal. Application Open Dates for the 2024 intake are to be confirmed.

Steps on how to apply can be found in the portal itself, while important admissions information such as application dates and entry requirements can be found on individual course pages.

See our FAQ page here for information on providing reference reports, calculating your weighted average mark (WAM), updating your application, admissions interviews and more.

For any technical issues whilst using the portal, please contact our IT team on For any administrative matters, please contact


Vocational Education and training (VET)

Applications for all VET courses are now open.


Applications for Term Three, commencing Monday, July 10th, will close on the following dates:

  • Priority applications will close on Monday 12th June 2022.
  • Late applications* will close on Sunday 25th June 2023.

Applications for all VET courses are submitted directly to Cairnmillar, via our online Application Form.

*Please note, late applications will only be accepted if there are places available in the course. If no places are available, enrolment will be deferred to the next term's intake.

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Applications in our Professional Development and Training opportunities close when allocation has been exhausted. Please visit the program's event page to find out more.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Cairnmillar Institute acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are meeting. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Aboriginal Elders of other communities who may be here today.

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