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Clinical Psychology Programs Application Information

Applications for entry into the program in the following year close on 30 September for domestic students, and on 31 August for international students.

All applicants must submit an online application together with the Psychology Additional Information Form, academic transcripts, a current CV, and also nominate three referees.

Domestic Applicants: The Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System allows you to apply for a reference from an academic and/or professional referees and for those references to be shared with your nominated institution. For further information on this system, please visit the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System and follow the three simple steps, including creating an active subscription for $25.

International Applicants: Once your online application has been submitted referee reports will be forwarded automatically (via email) to your nominated referees. Please notify your referees and advise them of the application closing date before submitting your online application.

The additional information form and application notes are available from the links on the right.

Eligibility and Requirements

Interviews and GPAs

All applicants must attend either a face-to-face interview or a video-linked interview; we do not do telephone interviews.

Applications are shortlisted for interview based on academic achievement, referee reports and any relevant work experience. Applicants must have a honours class I or IIA Australian accredited four year undergraduate degree in psychology, or equivalent as assessed by the Australian Psychological Society.

Applicants selected for interview are then assessed by a small team of teaching staff. Final selection is based on the application as a whole: academic achievement, referees’ reports and interview.

Referee Reports

All applicants are requested to obtain referees reports from three people:

  • Your honours supervisor;
  • Another academic staff member;
  • A third person who knows you well (but is not a relative or personal friend).


IMPORTANT:All students who do not possess an honours level degree from an Australia University must get their undergraduate qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (information on how to do this and the fees associated with this service can be found here).


There is no hard-and-fast weighting between academic qualifications, interview results and referees reports. These are evaluated holistically at an extended meeting of the clinical staff.

No Deferral of Offers

If accepted to the clinical training program you cannot defer your entrance.

If you would like to take a year off between your honours year and beginning the program, by all means do so (this may actually enhance your ability to rise to the demands of the training program). However, if you do so you must apply at the end of that gap year.

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme (NAHSSS)

The NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarship provides financial assistance to applicants wishing to undertake the academic qualification (Masters or Doctoral) required by the Psychology Board of Australia to practice as an endorsed clinical psychologist. The online application is located on the Clinical Psychology Page on the SARRAH website. The selection criteria focus is on unmet need in geographical and clinical areas of need.

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