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2023 Australian University Application Requirements and Admission Thresholds

Updated: Apr 11

Australia is a popular destination for students from all over the world to study. It is home to many top universities, with a total of 42 tertiary education facilities. The "Australian Top Eight" is highly respected and recognized. There are many advantages to choosing to study in Australia.


For Hong Kong students, each university has its own strengths and specialisations. It provides many study subjects that are not available in Hong Kong, so that each student can find their own areas of interest.

So, what are the conditions and thresholds for studying in Australia, especially universities?

Australian university application conditions

Academic Requirements

For Hong Kong students, if they want to apply for an Australian university, the best five or six subjects of the DSE are generally used. Depending on the chosen Australian university or subject, the application threshold ranges from 13 to 26 points.

The following are the Australian university application thresholds for some popular subjects (the best five subjects in DSE):

  • Architecture: 15 to 23 points

  • Aviation: 16 to 19 points

  • Business: 13 to 20 points

  • Exercise Science: 13 to 20 points

  • Literature courses: 16 points or more

  • Hotel Management/Hospitality: 13 to 18 points

  • Health Sciences (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, etc.): 18+

  • Medical (Medical, Veterinary or Dental): 24+ points

* The above information is for reference only, and the details are subject to the school’s announcement

English requirements

In terms of English requirements, the Australian university bachelor application requirements are generally DSE English score of 4 or IELTS of 6.0 to 6.5, whilst some specialist degrees require IELTS 7.0 and each sub-item score of not less than 7.0.

Other ways to study in Australian universities

1. Studying in an Australian high school:

The secondary school system in Australia is the same as Hong Kong’s six-year system. Therefore, Hong Kong students have another option, that is, secondary four students can choose to go to Australia to enter Year 11, and take the public examination in Year 12 to be admitted to an Australian university.


2. Studying basic classes: If students have completed Form 5 in Hong Kong, they can choose to apply for a one-year university basic class in Australia. After completion, they do not need to take public exams. As long as the internal exams meet the requirements, they can directly enter Australian universities. .

3. Study Certificate or Diploma courses: Applicants can also choose to apply for Australian universities to study Certificate or Diploma courses. This is a good entry route.

Advantages of Hong Kong students applying for Australian universities

The pathways for Hong Kong people to apply for permanent residence (PR) set up in Australia, Skilled Independent visas (subclass 189) and Skilled Regional visas (subclass 191), both provide a new classification for Hong Kong people - "Hong Kong stream".

After a student has studied a 2-year degree course or above in Australia (including bachelor courses, Top-Up degree courses, master courses, etc.), he can apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) within 6 months of graduating.

Hong Kong people holding a 485 Graduate visa can apply for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) permanent residence visa after living anywhere in Australia for 4 years. If they live outside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for 3 years, they can apply for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 191) permanent residence visa.

Hong Kong people holding a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) can apply for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) permanent residence visa after living anywhere in Australia for 4 years. If they live outside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, after 3 years you can apply for a Skilled Regional visa (subclass 191) permanent residence visa.

Applicants for the above permanent resident visas must hold a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport or BNO, and meet the "Common Criteria", such as health and character examinations, etc. - no scoring, no job assessment, and no annual salary requirements.



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