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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathway

Your path to Sydney
We look at more than your ATAR by focusing on your interests, motivations and goals. Apply now for the Gadigal Program.

Gadigal Program

The Gadigal Program is our Indigenous student pathway that supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to study at the University of Sydney.

Through the Gadigal Program you will have:

  • the opportunity to apply for a Gadigal early conditional offer
  • lower minimum ATAR requirements
  • access to an academic skills program before commencing University
  • ongoing academic and personal support throughout your degree.

Year 12 and post-high school applicants are eligible to apply.

Changes to the HSC

Due to the changes to the HSC in 2021, the University will be participating in an additional conditional offer round.

To be considered for an early conditional offer to commence study in 2022, submit your Gadigal Program application by 15 November 2021.

  • Follow these instructions to apply for an undergraduate course through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
  • When applying, ensure you self-identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Search our courses, and put at least one University of Sydney course in your UAC preferences.
  • If you satisfy the eligibility criteria, you will see the Gadigal Program alert on the UAC home page. Click ‘Apply’ or ‘Review your application’ to open the Gadigal application form within UAC.
  • Complete the additional Gadigal Program application form.

Applications are open

Applications for the early conditional offer round are open and will close on 15 November 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered in the first UAC round after ATARs are released.

Other key dates
  • 15 November 2021 – Gadigal applications close for the November early conditional offer round.
  • 10 January 2022 – Gadigal applications close for UAC January Round 2 (the first round after ATARs are released).
  • 26 January 2022 (UAC January Round 2) – the main offer round for students commencing in 2022 and the first round after ATARs are released. Offers will be released at 7.30am on 26 January 2022 via UAC.

Late applications will be considered during January and February UAC offer rounds. Please get in touch for further information and support. Email us at indigenous.recruitment@sydney.edu.au.

Year 12 applicants

Year 12 students who apply and are eligible, can have the UAC application fee paid by the University of Sydney on your behalf. To do so, follow these steps:

  • At the payment stage select pay via BPay. Select ‘submit and pay later’ to proceed to ‘confirmation of submission’.
  • Once you have completed both your UAC application and Gadigal application, email your payment letter to indigenous.recruitment@sydney.edu.au.
Other applicants

Non-Year 12 applicants can pay the application fee via Paypal or credit card through UAC.

Learn more about application processing fees and exemptions, or contact indigenous.recruitment@sydney.edu.au to discuss financial assistance.

If you are applying for a postgraduate degree, you apply by:

If you are a domestic student applying for the Juris Doctor, apply through UAC.

Email indigenous.recruitment@sydney.edu.au if you have any further questions.

Before you submit your application
  • You can save your application and come back to it via the link on the UAC home page.
  • You can only submit your application once, so ensure you are satisfied with your application.
  • Contact us at indigenous.recruitment@sydney.edu.au if you would like any support with your application.