Parent information

Our parent information is designed to help you give your child informed guidance about tertiary study, and to help them make the best choices for their future.

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Why choose Curtin?

  • Our domestic graduate employment rate in 2018 was 87%*.
  • We are ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide**.
  • The median salary of a Curtin graduate in full-time employment is $62,600*.
  • Our recognised accreditation and memberships with a range of professional organisations provide students with a connection to professionals, career development opportunities and indicate the quality and relevance of our courses.

Applying for university

We want to make getting into uni as easy as possible. Below is an example of what the application process looks like.

DateProcess Description
JulyAttend Open Day See the campus and talk to current student and staff members.
Apply for a scholarshipScholarship applications open on Open Day.
AugustApply for a course Applications open. Apply for a course prior to receiving WACE results.
August to SeptemberApply for an early offerReserve a place at Curtin before exams begin.
OctoberApply for accommodationUniLodge applications open for future students.
DecemberCheck resultsWACE results become available on the TISC website.
Receive a letter of offer The first round of offers become available on the TISC website.
Receive scholarship outcomeScholarships are released and applicants will be notified of their application.
JanuaryAccept or defer an offer If your child is successful in their application, they will receive a letter of offer via email. They can either accept or defer their offer.
FebruaryPay course feesPay online using Curtin ePay.
Attend O-WeekO-Week is made up of compulsory academic sessions, information sessions, and entertainment and activities for new students.
Late February or early March

Late July or early August
Begin studySemester one

Semester two

Financial assistance

There are several schemes available to help with the costs associated with university.


There are a number of financial assistance options such as HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP.

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Scholarships are a great way to help students pay for their degree, and are often awarded based on various criteria which usually reflect the values and purpose of the donor.

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Pathways into university

If you’re worried about your child’s ATAR score don’t worry, we have a number of pathway options to help them gain admission into a course such as:


Student support

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Security and safety

Our Safer Community team monitor our campus every day of the year to ensure staff and students are safe. Our free SafeZone Security App allows students to speak directly to the Safer Community team and see exactly where the student is located should they need assistance.

Mental health

Our free and confidential Counselling and Student Wellbeing Advisory Services are available to all students who are struggling with a study or personal issue.

Disability services

If your child has a disability, they can access a range of support and assistance services to help them succeed at Curtin such as assisting with managing studies, meeting your child’s accessibility requirements, and seeking alternative examination requirements when required.

Receive parenting tips

Receive parenting tips written by Curtin graduate and leading mental health expert Claire Orange such as:

  • Managing exam stress at home.
  • How to help your child transition from high school to university.

Common questions

My child is still unsure what to study, what can I do? 

Drop into Curtin Connect and take a Career Voyage Quiz to narrow down prospective careers based on your child’s interests and skills.

How can my child choose the right high school subjects? 

Within the ‘admission criteria’ tab of a course webpage you’ll see ‘Essential and desirable WACE subjects’, your child can use this to select their high school subjects. Essential subjects are subjects they need to take in order to be eligible for their desired course. And ‘desirable’ subjects are not required for admission, but they are for a students own benefit as they will have an understanding about a subject/study area before going into their desired course at Curtin.

If your child is still unsure of what subjects to choose, drop into Curtin Connect to get some assistance.

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Talk to an expert

We understand that making the right choices for your child’s future can be difficult, so come and chat with a friendly staff member who can assist you.

Phone: 1300 222 888

Location: Curtin Connect, Kent Street, Bentley, Western Australia 6102

Contact hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10.00am – 4.30pm Friday (excluding public holidays).

* The median salary is based on the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-2018 by Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.

** Results are based on the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018.