Polytechnic Institute Australia


1.   About Polytechnic Institute Australia


Polytechnic Institute Australia (PIA) is located in the heart of the Sydney business district, just a few minutes’ walk from Museum, Central and Town Hall Railway Stations and multiple bus routes.

Many tourist attractions, including Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Star City, and the QVB, are within easy walking distance.

Head office and campus: Level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000.


Our facilities include:

·       the latest audio-visual equipment, and computer and networking labs utilising the latest technologies

·       a library of the various prescribed and recommended textbooks

·       fast WiFi and internet access

·       student common rooms

·       tea and coffee making facilities, microwave, refrigerator, hot and chilled filtered water and vending machines for drinks and snacks

Student Services:

All matters relating to admissions (enrolment), deferment, recognition of prior learning (RPL), progress, results and general administration are handled by our capable Student Services staff.

Referrals for student counselling and Homestay advice are also provided.

Delivery Locations:

Level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Important Dates


Contact Details

Polytechnic Institute Australia Pty Ltd
CRICOS: 03535M
TEQSA provider number: PRV14049
ABN: 34 145 333 795
Head office and postal address

Level 16, 233 Castlereagh St

Sydney NSW 2000

Ph: (+612) 8319 8202


2.   Admissions Criteria

A.    Applicants with higher education study

Polytechnic institute Australia (PIA) welcomes all entrants to apply. Students who have undertaken higher education study elsewhere may consider applying for admission into any of PIA’s courses, providing they meet the following criteria:

·       One year of successful full-time study in an accredited course at a university or other higher education provider; or

·       Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian university

All students are welcome to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer where courses are deemed to meet the requirements of the RPL policy 


Completed bridging or enabling course

Applicants who have satisfactorily completed a recognised bridging or enabling course will be assessed based on the evidence they can provide. 

B.    Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

·        One year of successful full-time study at a registered training organisation (RTO) at AQF level 4 or above; or

All students are welcome to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer where courses are deemed to meet the requirements of the RPL policy. http://www.pia.edu.au/apply/important-dates

C.    Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Australian Year 12 Students

Students are eligible if they have completed Year 12 (in any state or territory of Australia), or equivalent, with a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 55. For prospective students who have an International Baccalaureate please contact info@pia.edu.au for referral to the Academic Director for further consultation.


D.    Applicants with work and life experience

(includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

Applicants who are 21 years of age or over who have not completed Year 12 or its equivalent may gain entry to a course by addressing one of the following entry requirements:

  successful completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre; or

  submission of a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work; or

  submission of an application for credit that meets the requirements of the Credit for Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Applicants applying under the special admission categories above will be required to attend an interview with the Course Coordinator to assess the applicant’s capacity for higher education studies. The applicant should submit a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work prior to the interview to assist in the assessment process.


E.     International Students

Students who have not completed an Australian Year 12 qualification may be admitted into the program through the flexible entry mode.

·            An equivalent secondary qualification overseas; or

·            An accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university; or

·            One year of successful full-time study in an accredited course at a university or other higher education provider; or

·            Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian university


3.          Additional information

English language proficiency

If previous study was in a language other than English, the Institute requires that the applicant must supply one of the following qualifications as a condition for admission:

·       IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score (no band less than) 6.0 (6.0); or

·       TOEFL: internet (no section score less than) 80 (20); or

·       Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score (no section score less than): 57 (50); or

·       University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 52

4.        How to apply


Applying to study with Polytechnic Institute Australia is easy. We’ve made our application process as simple as possible.

The online application is available here. 

PIA is an equal-opportunity Higher Education Provider. We encourage and accommodate student diversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are welcome to apply.


You will need

•   A certified copy of your passport

•   A certified copy of your academic records

•   Evidence of English language proficiency       

   A passport-size portrait photograph (or email to apply info@pia.edu.au)

•   A copy of your resume

•   Documents not in English should be provided with a certified translation       


5.        Enrolment


Admission offer

When your application is successful we will send you the following:

•    Letter of Offer

•    Written Agreement

Then you will need to read and complete the agreement.

Recognition of Prior Learning


Tuition fees

Your fee amount will be detailed in your Letter of Offer and you can choose from a number of payment methods.

Current fee information can be found at http://www.pia.edu.au/apply/fees.

Enrolment confirmation

Once your payment has been processed you’ll receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE).

1. What are the admission criteria?

Please refer to the Courses section for the admission requirements of each course.

2. How can I apply/enrol to study at Polytechnic Institute Australia?

Step 1: See the Entry requirements for your course. You can apply online. Once your application has been received, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement. If further documents are required you will be notified of this.

Step 2: A Letter of Offer will be sent to successful applicants with an Information Pack providing details of the student agreement, payment, and enrolment.


3. How do I pay for my tuition fees?

Tuition fees are payable in advance for each unit of study. We will advise you of the amount payable and payment methods at confirmation of your enrollment. Full payment information is provided in the Letter of Offer.


4. What is the Refund Policy?

Please refer to our Policies and Procedures section for details.


Deferment Suspension Cancellation

If at any time during your studies you need to defer, suspend or cancel please refer to the Student Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation of Study Policy and Procedure definition relating to Deferment, Suspension and cancellation are also referenced in the policy.


6.        Student and campus services

Academic Learning Support

Polytechnic Institute Australia helps students on the path to successful careers.

The Institute’s degree and diploma programs are of the highest standards, comply with the Australian Government’s requirements, and are designed to be accredited by the relevant professional bodies.

To ensure that students can achieve their full potential and gain the utmost from their studies, the Institute provides friendly academic support to every student.

We pride ourselves on the personal services that we give to students and we are committed to ensuring that students are provided with academic support to assist them to reach their full potential.

NEED HELP? Contact Student Support at support@pia.edu.au.

English Language Learning Support

Some students will experience difficulty producing their work in English that is of the high standard that is demanded in higher education. The academic and learning support staff are happy to help students to improve their English.

If your English needs even more assistance, we will help you to find the support that you need.

Consultations and the Student Support Officer

The Institute provides students with individual Academic Skills Consultations. Students are welcome to visit their lecturers and tutors to make appointments for additional consultations and assistance.

If you would like to discuss any concerns that you may have about your writing or any academic matter that is not limited to a specific unit, you can make an appointment with the Student Support Officer. The Officer will organize an individual consultation to help you with any specific study-related problem or issue.

Study areas for which you might seek help include:

· Academic writing

· Assignment preparation

· Essay and report writing

· Learning skills

· Plagiarism

·  Presentation skills

· Referencing

· Stress

·Time management

For further information relating to the below listed items please refer to the Student Prospectus  



•health services 

•library/computing services

•learning assistance 

•student organisations 



•welfare services.

7.        Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.


Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake 2017

[i.e. the most relevant recent intake period]

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


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.

The values of suppressed cells can be approximated by using the totals and subtracting the values of some other cells, but only to within 5 students of the actual number, thereby retaining the confidentiality of the cells marked "L/N".]

8. Where to get further information

TEQSA national register   http://www.teqsa.gov.au/national-register/provider/prv14049

QILT website  https://www.qilt.edu.au/

Relevant TAC website  http://www.uac.edu.au/
Information on appeals and grievance processes

[for those who may wish to dispute admission or enrolment decisions]