Future Students

Visa Requirements

All international students in Australia require a valid student visa to study in Australia. The is called  Student Visa (Subclass 500), this visa can be applied for online via the creation of an ImmiAccount. Before you apply for an Australian Student visa should visit the Department of Home Affairs Immigration and Citizenship webpage and search for Subclass 500 Student visa for more details.  Before you apply, you’ll need a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) from PIA, this is confirming that you have been accepted into a PIA course. You will also need to pay a deposit towards your tuition fees as outlined in the letter of offer.

There are specific steps involved in applying for your Student visa these steps are clearly detailed on the Department of Home Affairs website under the section step by step.

Using Your Student Visa

Once you have your visa, you should check Department of Home Affairs website under the section when you have this visa and make sure that you have completed each of the steps before travelling to Australia. This information may change from time to time so it is important that you refer to the Department of Home Affairs website to up to date and current information.

Once you Arrive in Australia you must inform PIA of your residential address, and also inform us within seven days if you change address.

While you hold of a current student visa, you are required to fulfil you must remain enrolled in an approved course, attend classes regularly, make satisfactory course progress and maintain OSHC health insurance. PIA is required to intervene where a student’s progress is unsatisfactory. If the student’s progress does not improve, we must notify the Department of Education and Training.

Further Information: see the Department of Home Affairs Website

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

As mentioned in the above section International Students are required by the Australian Government to join a private health insurance scheme. You will need to pay the OSHC premium at the same time as your PIA tuition fees. Overseas student health cover (OSHC) is insurance that contributes or covers the costs of medical and hospital care which you may need while in Australia.

The Department of Home Affairs website under the section step by step under step 2 Gather your documents subsection Overseas Student Health Cover provide details and explicit information regarding the requirements of the OSHC.

Obtaining a Student Card

Student Card

All PIA students will be issued with an Institute Student card that will assist in students obtaining student discounts where available at selected businesses within Australia.


In Sydney, NSW the transport systems includes trains, trams, buses, and ferries. All public transport can be accessed using an Opal card. The Opal card is a smartcard ticket that you load value (Australian dollars) onto and keep for travel on all public transport in the greater Sydney area. You can buy an Opal card from an approved retailer or order online. Further information on transport in the NSW State please go to the Tertiary or TAFE students page on the Transport NSW website or on the Study NSW website.

Money and Banks

Australia legal tender of currency is the Australian dollar (AUD), there many exchange facilities in Sydney where you can exchange currency when you first arrive. More details on Australian currency can be found on the Study Australia website or on the Study NSW website.

Australia has range of banks available for non-residents to access their money most banks have branches easily accessible. More details on Australian Banking can be found on the Study Australia website or on the Study NSW website.

Working in Australia

International Students on a Subclass 500 visa are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight whilst they are studying and unlimited work hours during holiday break. This information may change subject to the Department of Home Affairs and PIA strongly recommends that student seek clarification or confirmation of their visa conditions directly with the Department of Home Affairs or registered Migration Agent. Further general information can be located on the Department of Home Affairs website under the section when you have this visa. The Study Australia website also offers some general information on Working while you study on their website.

Studying in Australia

Australia is world renowned for its higher education systems, and attracts million of international students each year, in one of its top-rated student cities. For more details on why study in Australia please visit  Study Australia website.

Living in Sydney

Sydney is capital of New South Wales (NSW) and is the fifth largest Australian State with 800,628 sq Km in space. Sydney is a beautiful cosmopolitan city of five million people with a large and dynamic international student population. Famous for its Opera House, harbour and beaches, the city is Australia’s biggest, and it has an enviable modern lifestyle including a great variety of shopping options.

Polytechnic Institute Australia’s campus is right in the city. Near Town Hall Station, the campus is surrounded by the restaurants, cafes and shops of the city and an easy walk to the World Trade Building and Chinatown. More information on Living in Sydney such as accommodation, working, health, transport, as well as fantastic information about other Australia’s states and regions. Can be found on the Study Australia website or on the Study NSW website.

It is important that all students are aware of the cost of living in Sydney before their arrival to assist with the transition of living in Australia.

Accommodation in Sydney

Once you have met the financial requirements of transitioning to Australia and have received your visa, you will need to consider finding accommodation.

There are many different types of accommodation available in Sydney such as:

Cost of living

The Home Affairs website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.

The Insider Guides ‘Cost of Living Calculator’ is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia www.insiderguides.com.au/cost-of-living-calculator/.

According to the Study Australia website the current cost of livening in Australia per annum as of October 2019 is as follows:

  • For students or guardians – AUD$21,041
  • For partners coming with you – AUD$7,362
  • For a child coming with you – AUD$3,152


Particulars Estimated cost as per the Study Australia website
Accommodation $185 to $440 per week
Groceries and Eating Out $140 to $280 per week
Gas, electricity – $10 to $20 per week
Phone and Internet – $15 to $30 per week
Public transport – $30 to $60 per week
Car (after purchase) $150 to $260 per week
Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week
Phone and Internet $15 to $30 per week


Disclaimer: This information is correct at the time of publishing and may vary for updated information prospective students should visit Study Australia website.

PIA accepts Full Fee-Paying Students.

Granting credit for prior learning ensures that students commence study at a level that appropriately recognises their prior learning experiences and is not required to repeat equivalent learning successfully undertaken in another context.

Polytechnic Institute Australia (“the Institute”) is committed to developing open and accessible guidelines to grant credit towards a course of study on the basis of prior learning, whether from formal studies or professional work experience.

For further information please see the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure.


Polytechnic Institute Australia is committed to providing high quality, cost-effective, learning to international students.

Our fees are designed to be sufficient to maintain the highest standards at the best possible price.

Offshore Fees

Course Name Code Semesters Unit Fee Course Fee CRICOS code
Diploma of Business DipBus 2 $2,375 $19,000 093284B
Bachelor of Business (Accounting) BBus(Acc) 6 $2,375 $57,000 093283C
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) BBus(Mkt) 6 $2,375 $57,000 093090A
Diploma of Networking Technology DipBNeT 2 $2,400 $19,200 0101639
Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications BNeT 6 $2,400 $57,600 0101638
Graduate Certificate in Business GCBus 1 $2,500 $10,000 106808A
Graduate Diploma in Business GDBus 2 $2,500 $20,000 106807B
Master of Business MBus 4 $2,500 $40,000 106806C

Onshore Fees

Course Name Code Semesters Unit Fee Course Fee CRICOS code
Diploma of Business DipBus 2 $1750 $14,000 093284B
Bachelor of Business (Accounting) BBus(Acc) 6 $1750 $42,000 093283C
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) BBus(Mkt) 6 $1750 $42,000 093090A
Diploma of Networking Technology DipBNeT 2 $2000 $16,000 0101639
Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunications BNeT 6 $2000 $48,000 0101638
Graduate Certificate in Business GCBus 1 $2,100 $8,400 106808A
Graduate Diploma in Business GDBus 2 $2,100 $16,800 106807B
Master of Business MBus 4 $2,100 $33,600 106806C

Fees and other Charges

There is an Application Fee ($200). This fee is only refundable if the Institute defaults in the delivery of a course before it starts.

For further information about fees and refunds go to the Fees and Charges Policy and Procedure

Non-tuition fees and charges Fee Amount (AUD) Refundable Non-Refundable
Application fee $200
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Approx. $1,750[1]
Academic Transcripts $50
Assessment Re-checking $20
Assessment Re-assessment/marking $80
Holiday/Travel Letter $20
Confirmation of Enrolment Letter $20
Supplementary Assessment Fee $300
Re-issue of Student Card $20
Late course commencement fee per week $50
Late payment per week late $100
World Education Services (WES) Application completion $100

Prices vary according to size and colour. available options include A3, A4, single sided or double sided, black and white or colour.

$0.10 -$0.60


Please note: These fees are current and apply for the current calendar year.

Polytechnic Institute Australia reserves the right to change these fees, final fees are indicated on the Letter of Offer prior to the acceptance of offers.


Polytechnic Institute Australia (“PIA”) will provide refunds to students in accordance with its Fees and Refunds Policy and Procedure. The refund to be provided varies according to the times and circumstances in which it is sought, and the relevant milestones are delineated within the policy and procedure.

For more information, refer to the Institute’s Fees and Refunds Policy and Procedure for International Students.

All PIA students are required to attend orientation, during orientation week, PIA welcoming staff will go through the a number of topics to give you the best chance at success. Currently due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty it brings PIA continues to deliver it orientation online via series of zoom sessions. All students are provided with a link to join the orientation session it is anticipated the PIA will resume face to face delivery of its programs and orientation in Summer Semester 2022.

Day 1- Welcome session to PIA– this includes an introduction to campus, Academic and Administration staff.

Details are provided to the students on what courses PIA offers, and which staff members are responsible for which services and enquires. An overview is provided on the content of the next 3 days.

Students are taken on a tour of PIA identifying classrooms, student areas, student administration area, and any other relevant areas, such as toilets, fire exits, and restricted areas; and are introduced to key staff, and where they are located.

Information is provided to students on non-academic support services such as:

  • Information about policies and procedures generally, grievance procedures specifically, and how to access the services of the Student Support Officer.
  • CoE extensions
  • Accessing Support services, including referrals
  • How to access information on minimum wages and to know their rights as an employee.
  • Understanding compassionate and compelling circumstances.
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Intro to Microsoft Office 365 account.

Day 2Academic Services– this session includes all relevant Academic Services and access to Academic Learning Support. The topics covered are:

  • Applying for suspension or withdrawing from your unit of study, exams, supplement examination, assessments, extensions.
  • An introduction to Moodle (PIA learning management system) and the associated student e-library system, the student portal included within Moodle.
  • Academic Leaders taking the opportunity to explain to students the definition of different types of Academic Misconduct,
  • An overview of PIA’s academic policies, including Academic Misconduct and Course Progression.
  • Importance of student engagement and reminding students what happens when they are identified as at risk of non-engagement (also known as at-risk).
  • The students are invited to join the SRC and express the value that being part of the student voice within the Institute and what the advantages are.
  • An explanation is provided on what academically expected of students.

Day 3Specific Course Information– this session includes all relevant information on the relevant award the student is enrolled in. The session is led by the Discipline heads and or the Dean or the Associate Dean. The session for each award is held in a separate room (or link via Zoom during COVID). During this session, the Academic Leaders will go through course-specific information.

Day 4Academic Integrity Module/ Study Skills information session The unit is available in the Learning Management System and is managed by the Academic Learning Support Officer. Additionally, during this session, detailed information is provided to students on when the study skills workshops are offered and how to access Academic Learning Support that is not degree specific.


Holiday Periods

Year  Semester Teaching Periods[1] Non-Teaching period[2] (Holidays)
2022 1 07/03/2022-10/06/2022 13/06/2022-03/07/2022
2 04/07/2022-07/10/2022 08/10/2022-23/10/2022
Summer 24/10/2022-10/02/2023 Christmas break 24/12/2022-08/01/2023


2023 1 06/03/2023-09/06/2023 10/06/2023-02/07/2023
2 03/07/2023-06/10/2023 07/10/2023-22/10/2023
Summer 23/10/2023-09/02/2024 Christmas break 23/12/2023-07/01/2024


2024 1 04/03/2024-07/06/2024 08/06/2024-30/06/2024
2 01/07/2024-04/10/2024 05/10/2024-20/10/2024
Summer 21/10/2024-14/02/2024 Christmas break 21/12/2024-12/01/2024


2025 1 10/03/2025-15/06/2025 16/06/2025-06/07/2025
2 07/07/2024-10/10/2025 11/10/2025-26/10/2025
Summer 27/10/2025-13/02/2026 Christmas break 20/12/2025-04/01/2026



[1] Teaching periods are subject to change. Where changes are made PIA will notify the student.

[2] Non-teaching periods are subject to requirements for deferred or supplementary examinations if relevant.



If immediate assistance is required, please use these emergency contacts:

ON campus emergency (24/7)

Ph: (+61) 434 996 183

OFF campus emergency (24/7)

Ph: Triple Zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance.

EXTERNAL Counselling support and advice (24/7)

Ph: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 737) for the National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Help Line.

Ph: 1800 424 017 for the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.


Polytechnic Australia (PIA) is committed to furthering a positive learning and working environment and to the prevention of incidents of sexual misconduct.

PIA maintains zero tolerance of negative behaviours, including sexual misconduct. To achieve this, PIA is committed to:

  • Implementing ongoing education and training for students and staff;
  • Providing mechanisms for individuals to report any such behaviour to PIA, including anonymous reports;
  • Promptly assessing all reports of such behaviour and/or referring such reports to the appropriate authorities;
  • Applying the PIA Privacy and Personal Information Policy and the principles of procedural fairness and confidentiality to the investigation of such reports;
  • Acting on the outcomes of such investigations in a timely and sensitive manner;
  • Considering disciplinary action if a report is assessed to be vexatious or malicious.

PIA is committed to preventing sexual misconduct in its physical and online environments through ongoing education and training. This is achieved through education and prevention strategies, such as:

  • Orientation programs for all students.
  • Staff induction processes.
  • First responder training.


Sexual misconduct includes incidences of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Sexual harassment.  While the definition of sexual harassment varies across Australian (and other) jurisdictions, it generally involves an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which, in the circumstances, a reasonable person, aware of those circumstances, would anticipate the possibility that the person would feel offended, humiliated, or intimidated.

Examples of sexual harassment include:

  • staring, leering or unwelcome touching
  • suggestive comments or jokes
  • unwanted invitations to go out on dates or requests for sex
  • intrusive questions about a person’s private life or body
  • unnecessary familiarity, such as deliberately brushing up against a person
  • emailing pornography or rude jokes
  • displaying images of a sexual nature around the workplace
  • communicating content of a sexual nature through social media or text messages.

Sexual assault includes a range of behaviours, all of which are unacceptable and constitute a crime. Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, including when they have given their consentSexual assault is often called other names such as: Sexual abuse, rape, indecent behaviour, indecent assault, sexual molestation, incest, child sexual abuse, child sexual assault, touching, ‘feeling up’, sexual harassment.

Examples of sexual assault may include (but are not limited) to:

  • Two people in a relationship start engaging in sexual activity but Person A changes their mind and asks to stop. Person B refuses to stop and forces sexual activity.
  • Person A has sexual intercourse with Person B when Person B does not not want to or is unable to consent.
  • Person A knows Peron B does not want to or cannot consent, or has no reasonable grounds to believe Person B consented.
  • A teacher manipulates a student to engage in sexual acts in exchange for better marks.

Consent.  Whilst definitions for consent to sexual activities also vary between jurisdictions, consent is essentially an agreement between people to engage in a sexual activity. Other important elements of consent are that it is mutual, freely given, informed, certain and clear, enthusiastic, reversible, specific and required throughout the activity.


Individuals who have directly experienced sexual misconduct involving PIA staff or students have the right to decide what information they disclose. Individuals have a number of options to consider:

  • Call PIA emergency number on (+61) 434 996 183;
  • Report to the Police by calling 000;
  • 1800Respect – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service;
  • Talk to a PIA Designated Officer (first responder who is trained to provide an appropriate initial response, including advice about available PIA and external support services and the process for making a Report) or other PIA professional;
  • Ask someone to make a report on their behalf;
  • Take no action

Where a disclosure has been made to a PIA Designated Officer, where possible, PIA will respect an individual’s choice to not make a report and will keep the disclosure confidential. In exceptional circumstances, where required by law or where there is a risk of significant harm to that individual’s health and safety or another individual’s health or safety, PIA may notify third parties, such as the police or child protection authorities.


The safety and wellbeing of individuals who have been affected by sexual assault and sexual harassment are priorities of PIA. Individuals have a number of options of support:

  • Academic Support: Special consideration and other types of support are available to assist with study.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Free service that offers professional advice to PIA staff and their families.
  • Outside PIA: Staff and students may prefer to seek support from counselling services outside of the institution.


All documentation relating to the incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment will be kept confidential and shall be disclosed only to those persons who have a right to the information by virtue of their role in the process, as required by law, or as determined by limits to confidentiality (e.g. risk of harm to person or persons).

Written records should contain such information as is necessary for others to gain a clear understanding of the grounds upon which a concern was determined and the actions taken to address it.

PIA will capture data on de-identified disclosures and formal complaints in order to monitor incidents, patterns of behaviour, monitor effectiveness of this policy, continuous improvement and to prevent reoccurrences of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Further information can be found in PIA’s Policy in relation to sexual assault and sexual harassment, which is made available under Policies and Procedures.



If immediate assistance is required, please use these emergency contacts:

ON campus emergency (24/7)

Ph: (+61) 434 996 183

OFF campus emergency (24/7)

Ph: Triple Zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance.

EXTERNAL Counselling support and advice (24/7)

Ph: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 737) for the National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Help Line.

Ph: 1800 424 017 for the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.

Ph: 1300 668 256 Life Resolutions Employee Assistance Program for free confidential counselling available to PIA staff and families.


Critical Incident Reporting

PIA has an obligation to ensure that its staff, students, contractors, visitors and other persons are, as far as reasonably practicable, not exposed to risks to their health and safety arising out of the Institute’s activities.

PIA is committed to complying with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, and applicable codes of practice and Australian standards as far as possible.

PIA will ensure that the health and wellbeing of all staff is valued, enhanced and protected through all work practices, the work environment and workplace culture. To this end, PIA fosters a safe and positive learning and work culture by:

  • promoting a learning and work environment that encourages mutual respect and cultural sensitivity;
  • supporting people in the PIA community who are experiencing mental ill-health;
  • providing an environment that encourages staff and students to seek support early if they have declining mental health, and, as appropriate, provide support and adjustments suitable to their work or study needs;
  • providing secure access to physical and virtual environments;
  • protecting personal information unless there is a legal requirement to disclose it;
  • communicating its commitment to student wellbeing and safety;
  • maintaining zero tolerance of negative behaviours, such as bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct;
  • applying the principles of procedural fairness to the investigation of complaints, grievances, appeals and alleged misconduct;
  • monitoring and evaluating health, safety and wellbeing activities and performance to ensure these are effective and continually improved.

PIA enacts these principles through a number of related policies and procedures that may be specific to students and staff:

  • Critical Incident Policy and Procedure
  • Disability Policy and Procedure
  • Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedure
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework
  • Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure
  • IT Usage Policy and Procedure
  • Privacy and Personal Information Policy
  • Risk Management Policy
  • Staff Grievance Policy and Procedure
  • Staff Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
  • Student at Risk and Early Intervention Policy and Procedure
  • Student Grievances Handling Policy and Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
  • Student Support Framework

These policies and any associated procedures are made accessible to students via the rsepctvoe policy portals for staff and students.

The Work Health and Safety Officer (WHSO)

PIA has a dedicated Work Health and Safety Officer who performs WHS checks and also acts as a first aid officer and fire warden if qualified to do so or will delegate those positions to qualified on site permanent staff.

Staff Responsibilities

All workers undertaking work at/for or on behalf of the Institute are responsible for:

  • understanding their responsibilities
  • complying with safe work practices, with the intent of avoiding injury to themselves and others
  • and damage to facilities
  • taking reasonable care of the health and safety of themselves and others
  • complying with any direction given by management for health and safety
  • reporting incidents and any unsafe conditions or issues that come to their attention
  • immediately to their supervisor and/or manager

completing all WHS training as required

Student Responsibilities

All students of the Institute are responsible for:

  • taking care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons
  • following directions from their lecturers and/or the WHS officer on WHS issues
  • completing their work in the safest manner as possible

complying with Institute Policies and Procedures and reporting any hazards, risks or incidents as they are identified.

Critical Incident Team

The Critical Incident Team is responsible for managing PIA’s response to any critical incident which is considered to have a severe or significant level of risk or, in some cases a moderate level of risk.

This team is convened by the most senior member of staff available at the time of the incident and will convene as soon as possible to plan an immediate response. Once the team is convened, the most senior staff member available (e.g. Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer or Registrar becomes the Head of the Critical Incident Team, or assigns a suitable alternative to head the team.

The team wherever possible will include the following members of staff:

  • Dean (or delegate);
  • Registrar or delegate (where staff are impacted); and
  • other members of staff as deemed appropriate by the Head of the Critical Incident Team (e.g. IT Systems Officer or Finance Officer).

Terms & Definitions

Critical incident: A critical incident is a sudden or developing event which causes disruption to an organisation, creates significant danger or risk and which creates a situation where staff and/or students feel unsafe, vulnerable and/or under stress. Critical incidents require immediate attention and decisive action to prevent or minimise any negative impact.

Designated Officer: Any PIA staff member who is either a witness to, or first to be informed about, an actual or potential critical incident.

Hazard: A source or a situation with a potential for harm in terms of human injury or ill-health, damage to property, damage to environment, or a combination of these.

Procedural fairness means that the investigation of complaints will:

  • be based on evidence,
  • provide a person who may be adversely affected by a decision an opportunity to present his or her case;
  • require a decision-maker not to have an interest in the matter to be decided and not to appear to bring a prejudiced mind to the matter.

Safety is defined as the control of recognised hazards to achieve an acceptable level of risk.

Wellbeing is characterised by physical and mental health, positive, constructive and engaging relationships, work satisfaction and work-life balance.

Applicant background Semester one 2022/ Full year intake 2022

[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)
0 %
(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 0 %
(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)
0 %
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 %
  •  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)
0 %
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
0 %
International students 339 100%

Diploma of Business

0 0%

Diploma of Networking Technology

0 0%

Bachelor of Business ( Accounting)

98 28.9%

Bachelor of Business ( Marketing)

0 0%

Bachelor of Networking and Telecommunication

92 27.1%

Graduate Certificate of Business

0 0%

Graduate Diploma of Business

0 0%

Master of Business

149 44.0%
All students 339 100.0%

Entry Requirements


  • 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. 4.3 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.


Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit in accordance with the following admissions criteria: 4.4.1 Master of Business

Master of Business

a) a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification with a minimum credit average (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Institute or

b) a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) and performance in an admissions test approved by the Business School to a standard considered satisfactory by the Institute; and

c) satisfaction of the English language requirements; and

d) any other minimum standards specified by the Institute.

Graduate Diploma in Business

  1. a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Institute.
  2. satisfaction of the English language requirements; and
  3. any other minimum standards specified by the Institute.

Graduate Certificate in Business

a) a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Institute; or

b) a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience, as determined by the Institute.

c) satisfaction of the English language proficiency requirements; and

d) any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.

English Language Proficiency Requirements


  • 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 International English Language Testing System: Academic version
    • TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet-based Test
    • PTE Academic Pearson Test of English Academic
    • C1A Cambridge English C1 Advanced (previously CAE or Cambridge English: Advanced)
    • C2P Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (previously CPE or Cambridge English: Proficiency)
    • OET Occupational English Test
    • KITE Kaplan International Tools for English
    • Duolingo* Duolingo English Test (temporary alternative test for applicants from China)
IELTS Academic 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 83 13 21 12 18
PTE Academic 58 50 50 50 50
C1A 180 169 169 169 169
C2P 180 169 169 169 169
OET C+ C+ C/C+ C/C+
KITE B2 B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450)
Duolingo* 115 110 110 110 110

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

Note that the most recent attempt at any language proficiency test supersedes any previous attempts or requirements

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. 4.7 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.

Advanced Standing

Students may apply for Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning) at the time of admission. All applications are assessed under the provisions of the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure.

Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements


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

The criteria used by the Dean when approving applicants for admission into a course under special or alternative admission arrangements include:

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.

  • 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.


In exceptional circumstances the Institute may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Institute, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. These may include:

  1. a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience
  2. completion of an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 6 qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience
  3. completion of the Graduate Certificate stage at PIA (or equivalent at a recognised HEP or University)
  4. any other entry pathway where PIA can demonstrate that the candidate has the appropriate English language proficiency, academic knowledge and acumen to successfully complete the course in which they enrol.

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

  1. 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
  2. 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.



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