Summary of Admission Information

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 use of audio-visual equipment, and computer and networking labs utilising the latest technologies
  • a library of the various prescribed and recommended textbooks
  • WiFi and internet access
  • student common rooms
  • Access to cafes in the building, microwave, refrigerator, hot and chilled filtered water and vending machines for drinks and snacks

All matters relating to admissions (enrolment), deferment, recognition of Advance Standing (AS), progress, results and general administration are handled by our capable Student Services staff.
Referrals for student counselling and Homestay advice are also provided.

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
Email: info@pia.edu.au

Level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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:

  • Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary qualification (or recognised equivalent) with the equivalent of a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60 and

Bachelor of Business

  • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard English; and
  • NSW (or equivalent) Band 3 Advanced Mathematics; or
  • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard 2 Mathematics.

Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications

  • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard English; and
  • NSW (or equivalent) Band 3 Advanced Mathematics; or
  • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard 2 Mathematics.
  • Successful completion of a qualification at an Australian registered institution of tertiary education, at AQF level 5 or above (or recognised equivalent issued in a country listed Appendix 2); or
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university that enables students to gain entry to an Australian university; and
  • In addition, all students must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied.

All students are welcome to apply for Advance Standing where courses are deemed to meet the requirements of the Advance Standing policy https://pia.rtomanager.com.au/Publics/PublicsPages/DocView.aspx
All applicants seeking to enrol in a course with PIA are required to submit acceptable evidence that they meet the published entry criteria for their chosen course.
Where there are higher education studies in addition to completed vocational qualifications the decision for admission will solely be based on the higher education academic results.

  • One year of successful full-time study at a registered training organisation (RTO) at AQF level 5 or above; or

All students are welcome to apply for Advance Standing where courses are deemed to meet the requirements of the Advance Standing policy https://pia.rtomanager.com.au/Publics/PublicsPages/DocView.aspx

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 60.For prospective students who have an International Baccalaureate please contact info@pia.edu.aufor referral to the Academic Director for further consultation.

(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 Advance Standing Policy and Procedure.

Applicants applying under the special admission categories above will be required to attend an interview with the Discipline Head 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.

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

  • 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

English Proficiency
Students whose first language is not English, must demonstrate competency in the English language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing certified evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (or equivalent alternative test result,as follows), issued no more than two (2) years prior to date of application:

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: Internet (no section score less than) 80 (20); or
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score: 57 with minimum communicative skill scores for Reading and Writing (57) and all other sections (50); or
  • University of Cambridge – Advanced (CAE): Total score of 52.

Note that the most recent attempt at any language proficiency test supersedes any previous attempts or requirements
Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

  • Successful completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma or above with at least two (2) years of full-time study in English at an Australian registered vocational or higher education.

Applicants who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements must enrol in an English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program at PIA or a provider of their own choice.
Where student have applied to undertake an ELICOS course through an alternate provider they must provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for an ELICOS program in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), for a duration of at least twelve (12) weeks for every 0.5 below 6.0 overall or subsection IELTS or equivalent result, prior to application, and evidence of successful completion must be provided prior to enrolling in the PIA course.

Advance Standing

https://pia.rtomanager.com.au/Publics/PublicsPages/DocView.aspx

Additional information

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:

  1. Successful completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre; or
  2. Submission of a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work; or

Applicants applying under special admission categories will be required to attend an interview with the Dean 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.
The criteria used by the Dean when approving applicants for admission into a course under special or alternative admission arrangements include:

  • capacity to pursue tertiary studies;
  • motivation to pursue tertiary studies in the discipline of the chosen course;
  • demonstrated potential for academic studies based on the applicant’s portfolio;
  • relevant professional and industry experience; and
  • specific consideration of access issues for ATSI’s.

The processes used to monitor the progress of students enrolled under special/alternative arrangements include:

  • monitoring of the student’s progress by the Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of each term in the first year of the student’s enrolment; and
  • a “Review of Student Progress” meeting between the student and the Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of the first semester of the student’s enrolment to review both the academic progression and student welfare.

Applying to study with Polytechnic Institute Australia is easy.We’ve made our application process as simple as possible.
Download the application form via our website under the Forms tab
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 applyinfo@pia.edu.au)
  • A copy of your resume
  • Documents not in English should be provided with a certified translation

Acceptance of 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.

Advanced standing

You will need to apply for advance standing at the time of submitting your application for further information please review the Advance Standing Policy and Procedure.

Deferment

Should wish to defer from you studies during your enrolment you will need to apply a deferment of studies to the Registrar; for further information please review the Student Suspension, Deferment and Cancellation Policy and Procedure.

Fees and charges

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 https://www.pia.edu.au/apply/fees.htm

Student profile

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
n %
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n %
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
n %
(D) Recent secondary education:

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

n %
· Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) n %
· 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) n %
(E) International students 344 %
All students 344 100%

Notes:
“<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Provide links to other relevant information provides, including but not limited to:

  • TEQSA national register
  • QILT website
  • Relevant TAC website.