How to apply

How to apply via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program.

Whether you are working, unemployed, studying at TAFE, or coming straight from high school, as a prospective student you are not required to have completed the HSC or any other qualifications to apply at Western via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1 - Complete the application form

To apply to study via the Alternative Entry Program you need to complete an online application form through the Western Portal.

Note: In the 'Entry Pathways' section please ensure you select yes to “Would you like to be invited to attend the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alternative Entry Program testing and assessment days?”

Step 2 - Attend the assessment

You will also need to register to attend the assessments on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of November 2018 at Penrith campus.

The two-day assessment includes a comprehension, essay and a numeracy assessment as well as an informal interview.

Step 3 - Supporting documentation

You will be required to submit the following two documents to Admissions prior to Census date:

1. Statutory Declaration 1 (original or certified copy)
2. Statutory Declaration 2 OR Confirmation of Aboriginality (original or certified copy)

Supporting documents can be lodged in person to the Admissions Unit (Building I, Penrith Campus).

Supporting documents can also be mailed to:
Admissions Unit

Western Sydney University

Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

If you have difficulty returning the supporting documents, you can bring them along with you on the day of the assessment.

Frequently asked questions

The Statutory Declaration 1 is a compulsory Self-Declaration. All applicants are required to submit this form with their application or prior to Census date.
The Statutory Declaration 1 must be completed by the applicant and witnessed by an approved witness.

The Statutory Declaration 2 is a Community Confirmation. All applicants are required to submit either this form or a certified copy of their existing Confirmation of Aboriginality with their application prior to Census date.
The Statutory Declaration 2 must be completed by an appropriate representative to provide recognition of the applicants Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity and witnessed by an approved witness.

Approved witnesses include:
Justices of the Peace (with a registration number)
Magistrates
Doctors
Full time teachers
Solicitors
Pharmacists
Police Officers
 
Note: You, a family member or a member of staff at Western Sydney University cannot witness your declaration, even if you or they belong to one of the categories listed.

More information on statutory declarations is available through the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.

An Aboriginal worker in a school where you have been known as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student

An office bearer within any incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community based organisation in the community in which you live in or grew up

An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person with a significant local, state, territory or national profile who are happy to be contacted by Western Sydney University for this application

An Aboriginal health worker in an Aboriginal Medical Centre; a Police Liaison Officer; an Aboriginal Pastor; an Aboriginal Housing Officer; or Aboriginal Liaison Officer working in similar positions in different government departments

Census date for Autumn Semester is 31st March.
Census date for Spring Semester is 31st August.

A certified document is a copy of an original that has been cited by a qualified person and confirmed as correct and legitimate. When you need a document to be certified you must have both the copy and original with you.

For further information, please visit Certifying Documents.

If you are unable to complete the application via the Western portal you can complete a paper-based application and post it the Admissions Unit (Locked Bag 1797, Penrith NSW 2751).

Got questions?

Contact our Course Information Centre on study@westernsydney.edu.au, 1300 897 669, or Live Chat.