Admissions experience

Admissions experience

General information about studying at SIBT, including our campus location, open days, academic calendar and contact details can be found here

Admissions criteria

SIBT admits domestic and international students.

Applicants with Higher Education Study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree or university-level Diploma. This includes applicants who have completed a higher education course, those who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to SIBT, or those who are currently studying a higher education course at SIBT but wish to change course. Completion in part (minimum 4 units) or whole, of a higher education course will satisfy the broad academic requirements for entry into an SIBT Diploma; but separate evidence of English proficiency, and/or evidence of course-specific pre-requisites might also be required. SIBT may recognise partial completion of a qualification under the principles of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Interstate applicants

There are no specific differences to students applying from NSW or other Australian states. Please refer to the Admissions requirements for Australian and New Zealand students.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of the VET course with a 50% or better average of all units completed.  Applicants who have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from VET study may apply for Recognition of Prior Studies  OR

Applicants must demonstrate partial completion of a VET course with a 50% or better average of all units attempted in combination with their completed Australian Year 12 or its international equivalent.  Applicants may apply for Recognition of Prior Studies based on units undertaken at the Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past 2 years)

ATARs are not used for admission to SIBT.  Applicants must demonstrate successful completion of Australian Year 12 or its international equivalent.  Assessment is based on a 50% average over all the units undertaken in Year 12.  Students may wish to submit additional information (Statement of Purpose and/or resume with supporting evidence),

Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

Applicants who don’t meet the academic requirements may be admitted to a Diploma program on the basis of demonstrable expertise and relevant work experience. SIBT provides an opportunity for alternative entry to students over 18 years to participate in higher education.  Applicants are required to provide information on work experience, including details of employer, length of employment, position held, and duties undertaken in the role. Work references and/or a statement from the employer substantiating the work claim may also be required.  Applicants may also submit any academic studies that have partaken in since leaving school. If domestic students are unable to demonstrate work experience, SIBT will accept the STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) which is administered by UAC. 

Additional Information

Special Consideration

SIBT recognises specific equity groups may have experienced disadvantage in education and employment in the past, including those from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with a disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Special consideration for admission to these applicants who have suffered educational disadvantage will be extended by SIBT.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

All international qualifications are checked against the:

For the purposes of an application, a certified copy is one that is signed as sighted by the agent or a Justice of the Peace.  The agent must mark each page with their company stamp, date, name and signature.  A Justice of the Peace certification is not necessary if documents are certified by the agent.  Faxed/scanned agent certified copies are acceptable.  Direct applicants who have documents certified by a Justice of the Peace are not required to post the actual certified copies to SIBT.  The qualification will be assessed according to the SIBT International Admission requirements listed here

English Language Proficiency

All students must demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency before being admitted to the program, through provision of evidence of achieving a satisfactory IELTS score (or recognised equivalent) or prior study in the medium of English. All forms of evidence of English proficiency can be accessed through the SIBT website .  A valid Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate (or recognised equivalent) that is no more than two years old (at the time of application) must be provided (For more information about English Language testing please visit  For more information, please click here

How to apply

Application details can be found here

Australian applicants

All Australian citizens, permanent residents and holders of permanent humanitarian visas are required to apply for admission through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) for Session 1.  For Session 2 and 3, they can apply directly to SIBT via the Application form for local students.

International applicants

An international applicant is one who does not hold citizenship of Australia or New Zealand, Australian or New Zealand permanent resident status or a permanent visa. The language of instruction at SIBT is English.  International students must demonstrate a suitable level of English proficiency before being admitted to a program.

All international applicants:

  • must complete the SIBT Application form for international students;
  • must provide true and certified copies of documents detailing the most recent academic qualifications and results;
  • will be assessed against Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria to determine if they are a genuine student


Accepting your Offer

Enrolment information about accepting your offer, can be found here.

Recognition of Prior Learning

This refers to the granting of credit towards a program of study at SIBT. The SIBT Recognition of Prior Learning policy establishes the grounds on which credit would be considered and the process for doing so.  More information can be found here


If an applicant wishes to defer their offer to a future semester they or their agent must advise SIBT in writing, outlining the reasons for their request.

Where an applicant is requesting a deferral on the grounds of the inability to gain a visa, the applicant must supply a letter from the Australian High Commission advising that the applicant has not been able to obtain a visa.

Where an applicant is requesting a deferral on the grounds of failing to meet entry requirements, documentary evidence must accompany the request.  This may include evidence of failure to meet the required English levels through IELTS (or similar) test results, or high school results (or similar) in cases where the academic requirements have not been met.

Where a Deferral of Offer request is based on compassionate or compelling circumstances, documentary evidence must support the request.

Fees and Charges

More information about fees and charges can be found here

Student services

Information about Student Support Services can be found here

Financial assistance

Information about Scholarships can be found here

Student overview

Applicant background

Session 1, 2021

Number of students

Percentage of all students

(A) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)



(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study



(C) Recent secondary education:



Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)



Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)



Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not  a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)



(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)



International students



All students



Notes:    L/N - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

N/A - Data not available for this item.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

ATAR Ranks

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) 
Highest rank to receive an offer<5
Median rank to receive an offer<5
Lowest rank to receive an offer<5