How to apply

How to apply via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway 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 Pathway Program. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1 - Complete an online application

If you are interested in applying to study at Western for mid-year, applications are now open. 

To apply to study via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program you need to complete an online application form through 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 Pathway Program testing and assessment days?”

If you are applying to study one of the following courses please complete a paper based application form. The Application form can be requested from or by calling 1300 897 669.

  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedicine)
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology

The completed application form must be submitted to Western Sydney University Admissions Unit by email to

If applying for the Doctor of Medicine, note this is a separate pathway and you cannot complete the Pathway Program Assessments to gain entry into this course.

If you have any questions about this, you can reach the School of Medicine office direct via email at or call 4620 3600.

Step 2 - Attend the assessment

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program Assessment Days

Attend the two day assessments on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June 2020 at Penrith campus.

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

Make sure to apply via the Western Portal to receive an invitation to attend the November assessment days.

Step 3 - Supporting documentation

Western Sydney University requires the following documentation to be provided by those entering through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program by Census Date:

  • A certified copy of your confirmation of identity from a registered Community Organisation (e.g. Land Council) with a common seal confirming a person to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

If you are unable to provide the above, you will need to supply a self-declaration statutory declaration along with one of the following:

1. Supporting documentation in the form of a genealogy document (such as Linkup NSW)


2. A letter of support using the Western Sydney University template or an official letterhead by a recognised community member or organisation (such as Aboriginal Medical Service, High School Principal, Aboriginal Education Consulting Group, Family and Community Services, Aboriginal Housing or other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander incorporated corporation).

Please note that the letter of support cannot be supplied by a current staff member of Western Sydney University. If you have any questions about this process or these requirements, please email Western

Supporting documents should be lodged to the Admissions Unit. You can lodge your documents by email to or your supporting documents can 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

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

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

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 request a paper-based application from the Admissions Unit on 1300 668 370.

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