Applying for a course at a higher education provider can seem overwhelming, but we're here to guide you through the application process. Follow this guide on how to apply as a domestic student.

You are a domestic student if you are an:

  • Australian or New Zealand citizen (or dual citizen)
  • Australian permanent resident
  • Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder

The process below applies to undergraduate and postgraduate applications.

Click on a course (undergraduate or postgraduate) to find out more about:

  • what you'll study
  • admissions criteria
  • application deadlines
  • potential career paths.

Note: LEA does not accept students under the age of 18. Applicants are required to turn 18 before the first day of Orientation Week.

Inherent requirements

When choosing a course, you should see if it has any inherent requirements (this will be noted on the course page).

They aren't assessable admissions criteria but are required for you to successfully complete the course. Researching the inherent requirements will allow you to make an informed decision about the course/career.

Check your eligibility

The course page lists all of the admission criteria for your course.

If you've recently completed high school in Australia, then your admission will likely be based on your ATAR/IB score.

However, we also recognise a number of different qualifications, including overseas high school qualifications, tertiary studies that include studies in a bachelor’s degree, completed diplomas or advanced diplomas and preparation programs.

Applying for credit

You may be able to have related study or work experience credited to your degree, meaning you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner. This is available for equivalent:

  • units of study taken at another university or higher education institution.
  • qualifications from a higher education institution or vocational education and training institution (including TAFE and private providers – limited to some qualifications).
  • relevant work experience.

If you are applying direct to the LEA, you can apply for credit as part of your course application. We will assess your credit after a decision is made on your course application.

Please note: Accepting credit can change your study load, fees or course duration. This may also affect your government assistance eligibility and full-time concession benefits.

More information on credits can be found in our Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Check your finances

Before applying, you should understand the fees you will need to pay. These include:

  • Course fees.
  • Additional fees and costs.


To apply to study at LEA, click here

Application outcome

Once your application has been assessed, you will receive an email with the outcome.

Conditional offer

We will sometimes issue a conditional offer - this means that you may need to satisfy certain criteria such as academic and English language conditions before you can be issued with an unconditional offer.