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 and lodge it in person or by mail to the Admissions Unit (Admissions address listed under step 3):

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

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

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 should be lodged to the Admissions Unit. You can lodge your documents by email to, or in person to the Admissions Unit (Building I, Penrith Campus).

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

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)
Full time teachers
Police Officers
Note: You, a family member or a member of staff at Western Sydney University cannot witness or certify your aboriginality on 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 request a paper-based application from the Admissions Unit on 1300 668 370.

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