Getting Started - for Undergraduate Students

Before you Arrive 

1. Accepting your Offer

How to accept your offer

At UNSW Canberra you will accept your offer and enrol online using the student portal,myUNSW.


Accepting online is a 2 part-process:


Part I: Accept your offer in myUNSW by the deadline to ensure your place in the program.

Part II: Confirm your personal details, complete the Military Status and Student Declaration sections and enrol in your courses (lectures, tutorials etc.).

Acceptance and enrolment for Semester 1 2015 is now open.

UNSW Canberra makes most of its offers in the UAC Early January Round on 4 January. A small number of offers may be made in the Main Round and Early February Round. The deadlines for accepting offers are as follows:

Round Offers made Must be accepted by
January Round 1 6 January 2015 Friday 16 January 2015
Main Round 21 January 2015 Friday 30 January 2015
February Round 1 3 February 2015 Friday 20 February 2015


PLEASE NOTE: If you do not accept by the dates above your offer will lapse.

We suggest working through this checklist to accept your offer and enrol in your courses.

2. Create your UNIPASS

What is a UniPass?

–  This is a temporary password given to all new students to access myUNSW.

–  You will use myUNSW to accept your offer online and enrol in your classes.


How do I create a UniPass?

1. Use the information in your offer letter to create your UniPass. You will need:

–  Your UNSW ID (e.g. z1234567) or 9 digit UAC Number (e.g. 123456789)

–  Your UNSW Canberra program code.

2. Visit the IDM (Identity Manager) website to create your UniPass.

Once you have created your UniPass, proceed to the next checklist item and accept your offer.


Need Help?

If you would like further assistance with creating or retrieving your UniPass, please contact IT Services.
T: + 61 9385 1333

Alternatively you can visit the IT Services website for support.

3. How to accept your offer

Now you have your UniPass, go to myUNSW and 'Sign On' (top right hand corner). Click on the 'My Applications' Tab where you will see your offer listed and click Proceed with Offer.


Be sure to accept your offer by the deadline.


Is your name correct on your myUNSW account?


If your middle name is not included or your name is misspelt on the University's system, this will cause significant delays in your student ID card distribution.


Please take 5 minutes now to ensure that your name listed in myUNSW exactly matches your official name on your birth certificate / proof of identification. Checking this today will potentially save you many hours of delays in the future.


You will not be able to obtain a student ID card if your middle name is missing, as your name in the system must match your full legal name.


To update your official name you will need to complete the 'Change of Name' form. You will need to bring the form in person with your official identification to Student Administrative Services.


You may still continue to enrol in your courses if your name is incorrect. Mistakes with names primarily affect ID card distribution.

Enter all other personal details

To accept your offer in myUNSW, you must enter your personal contact details such as home address, email address, telephone numbers and emergency contact.

Need help?

Need help with accepting your offer? Contact Student Administrative Services (SAS).

T: 02 6268 6000

4. Create your zPass

What is a zPass?


–  This is your ongoing password as a UNSW student to access all university online services.

–  You will create your zPass during the acceptance process. Keep reference of it in a safe place.

–  Your zPass will not activate until you have enrolled in at least 1 class.

–  You will need to update your zPass every 6 months for security reasons.


How do I create a zPass?


Check out the step by step guide to setting up your zPass.


You will need to use your zPass to access many UNSW online services.


Need Help?


If you would like further assistance with creating or retrieving your zPass, please contact IT Services.
T: + 61 9385 1333

Alternatively you can visit the IT Services website for support.

5. You're almost done!

However, you will not be able to enrol into courses for your program until your acceptance has been finalised.


You must complete Part II. This includes:

–  confirm your personal details,

–  complete the Military Status by selecting your ADF Service and rank

    –  DFR new recruits (OCDT = Army; OFCT = Air Force; MIDN = Navy)

    –  Advanced Students (please select your current rank)

    –  DMO MEUS recipients (select DMO for both service and rank)


–  complete the Student Declaration sections and then you can enrol in your courses (lectures, tutorials etc.).

To proceed to the enrolment stage place use this link.


Need assistance?

Telephone: +61 2 6268 6000
Facsimile: +61 2 6268 8666
Ground Floor, Adams Auditorium,
Building 111

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday – 08.30 to 16.30 Friday* - 08.30 - 16.00

* On the first Friday of each month Student Administrative Services closes at 13.00.

1. Choose your courses

Before you enrol, you must choose your courses for the semester.


Read the information in the Instructions and Study Plans for Semester 1, 2015.


Consult the UNSW Handbook to read information relating to your program structure and for help on determining which courses you are required to enrol in.

2. Enrol in your courses on myUNSW

Once you have chosen your courses, you are ready to enrol.


At UNSW, you manage your enrolment online via myUNSW.


Please be advised that some courses/class times fill up quickly - enrol as soon as possible to secure your preferred classes/times.


Log onto myUNSW and use our step by step guide to enrol.

3. Check your timetable on myUNSW

How do I ensure I have enrolled into my courses?

The best way to check that you have enrolled successfully into your courses is to check your myUNSW Student Profile tab. Your enrolled courses should be listed under the My Enrolment section on this page.


Timetable clashes

During to military commitments, all 1st year students will have no university classes on Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon. The timetable is automatically blocked so that 1st year courses do not clash with 1st year Academy Military Education and Training (AMET) classes.


Occasionally there may be a clash between 2 university courses you would like to enrol in or a course / tutorial / lab you would like to enrol may be full.


In some cases you may be able to enrol into clashing classes however normally you cannot enrol into a class that is full.


On Monday 16 February, Student Administrative Services (SAS) will conduct a New Undergraduate Enrolment Day which will provide you with another opportunity to go into myUNSW and adjust or complete your enrolment and have your timetable checked.

4. Credit from previous university study

Students who have previously completed tertiary studies at an equivalent university level may be eligible to gain credit (sometimes referred to as Advanced Standing) towards their degree at UNSW Canberra. Credit may be awarded for complete or incomplete degrees from any recognised tertiary institution. Applying for credit is a voluntary request by a student it is not compulsory.


Even if you are going to apply for credit, students should still enrol in the relevant 1st year courses for their degree. This enrolment can be amended during the New Undergraduate Enrolment Day following the credit approval process.



Please note: approved credit will increase the likelihood of course clashes as students may be undertaking 1st and 2nd year courses which have different AMET timetable blocks.

Following a directive from the Department of Defence, International Policy Division, international students are NOT able to apply for credit from previous study.


Students wishing to submit a credit application will be required to attend a "credit" session in early February. Students must bring to ADFA a formal or certified academic transcript from their other university and a copy of the course outlines for the courses you will be submitting for credit. The 'Credit for Previous Tertiary Study' form can be downloaded from

5. Note important key dates for your enrolment

Where can I find important key dates?

You can find important enrolment key dates such as census date, last day to add a course, last day to drop a course without academic penalty on


We suggest that you bookmark this link for easy reference.