Making admission policies transparent, consistent & comparable
Conference Date
6th & 7th June 2017
Victoria University City Convention Centre, Melbourne
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Universities will be required to be completely transparent in regards to their admissions data by 2018, however with increasing diversity of admissions criteria there are a number of questions as to how this can be achieved.

Hear from leaders in the sector on how to improve the transparency of admissions data and how to implement a transparent admission processes whilst maintaining quality and remaining equitable.

The 'Improving Transparency in University Admissions' conference will focus on:

  • Improving the transparency of admissions
  • Ensuring compliance with transparency standards
  • Consistency and comparability
  • Transparency and subjective selection criteria
  • Implications for equitable admissions
  • Entry transparency and graduate quality

Who will attend?

Universities and Tertiary Admission Centres with responsibilities and roles for:

  • Admissions
  • Academic Registrars
  • Assessments
  • Student Management
  • Recruitment
  • Higher Education Policy

Attend to learn:

  • Move towards transparent admissions data

  • Adopt a transparent admission process

  • Unpack the effects on equity & quality
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Key Speakers

Professor Geoffrey Crisp
Pro-Vice Chancellor, Education
UNSW, Sydney
Professor Sue Willis
Emeritus Professor
Monash University
Professor Peter Jones
Dean of Medicine
Bond University
Professor Pascale Quester
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic) University of Adelaide & Chair, GO8 DVCA Committee
University of Adelaide


What People Are Saying

  • “A good range of speakers who genuinely care about education and our future.”

    Merlin Crossley
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, UNSW
  • “Thoroughly enjoyable, controversial and thought provoking two days.”

    Suzanne Connelly
    Director, Communications and Publishing, VTAC
  • “Interesting, informative, challenging and optimistic.”

    John Hogan
    Director, Big Picture Education Australia
  • “The conference had a perfect blend of university sector specialists to share ideas and learnings. I found it a great opportunity to network and gain some interesting contacts for future benchmarking”

    Paul Robinson
    Southern Cross University, past conference attendee


  • Date: 5 Apr 2017  By: Maisie Holder & Ashleigh Morgan

    Early last year, the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) was requested by the Minister to consider how higher education student admissions policies could be more transparent, without increasing regulation. By November 2016 HESP had made 14 recommendations, suggesting that providers need to use accurate descriptions of ATAR thresholds and other admission requirements, and publish information …

  • Date: 20 Jun 2016  By: John Fischetti

    Alternative pathways to university can help ensure students are judged for their true potential, not on their ability to take a test. Admissions processes such as portfolios allow students to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ us that they are capable of the work required at tertiary level. Many of the world’s leading universities have eliminated the …

  • Date: 2 Jun 2016  By: Jackie Vaughan

    The Big Picture International (BPI) Graduation Portfolio Entry to University Scheme is an academically rigorous parallel pathway for tertiary admission. Whilst the concept of portfolio-based university entry is not itself new, most existing schemes are framed as alternative admissions pathways for students who are not capable of achieving an ATAR. This scheme is different because …

  • Date: 25 May 2016  By: Jessica Farrelly

    Complex university admissions present an additional barrier to disadvantaged students attempting to pursue higher education, according to new research by La Trobe University. The research found that Year 11 students from low-SES backgrounds had a limited understanding of the impact their subject choices would have on their tertiary education options. By comparison, students from high-SES …

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