GEMSAS Admissions Policies


Successful applicants will be given a firm date by which to accept an offer of a place and offers not accepted according to the school’s instructions by that date will lapse.

If an applicant declines an offer of a place, they will not be considered for another place or receive another offer.


Deferral of a place is unlikely. However, some universities permit deferral, particularly to complete an Honours year. Please consult the schools’ websites or discuss the possibility of being permitted to defer with the universities to which you wish to apply.


An applicant who has been excluded from any university must indicate this when they apply. The schools may contact applicants for further detail, on receipt of the application data.

Admission and application irregularities

Applicants should be aware that the presentation of forged documents is a criminal offence in Australia and that universities may take appropriate action in such cases. For the purpose of university admission, the withholding of information and the submission of incorrect or misleading information are deemed fraudulent. All tertiary study must be declared in the application. Action taken in such cases may include cancellation of an application for admission, withdrawal of an offer of admission, or cancellation of an enrolment. Applicants who submit fraudulent documents or otherwise seek to gain an advantage by fraudulent means may be banned from future applications through GEMSAS.

Only your first submitted application will be processed, regardless of which application has been paid for.

Misconduct Policy

GEMPASS Australia will investigate all Allegations of Misconduct. The procedure that GEMPASS Australia follows to determine any findings of Misconduct and any penalties to be applied is set out in the GEMSAS Application Misconduct Policy and Procedure.

Diversity and Inclusion

GEMPASS supports a culture of inclusivity and the provision of equivalent opportunities to access medical education. Enabling effective inclusion requires a collaborative effort by an applicant, the Medical School and the university. We ask that applicants read the Medical Deans Inclusive Medical Education Guidance. If you anticipate you will need particular support to participate in the medical program, it is important that you make contact with your preferred medical school promptly to discuss what reasonable adjustments are possible, if offered a place.

Refund Policy

The application fee is not refundable unless required by law. Therefore, you remain liable to pay the application fee even if you withdraw your application after having paid the fee, are not offered a place in a course, or you decline an offer of a place. The Australian Consumer Law, set out in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), provides consumers with a number of protections including guarantees that cannot be excluded, restricted, or modified. This refund policy does not exclude, restrict or modify the rights you may have under the Australian Consumer Law or any other applicable laws. If you believe you have a right to claim a refund, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Appeals Process

You are encouraged to commence your application as soon as possible, even if you do not have all the required documentation. You will be able to log back in and amend your application until you either submit your application or until the application closing date (at which time your application must be submitted). You are not considered an applicant until you have created your application online (i.e. registered and selected an application discipline, within the relevant application period of the current year (e.g. registered and selected a medicine application within 1 to 31 May)), and have received a valid GEMSAS VTAC ID. GEMSAS Policies, including the GEMSAS Extenuating Circumstances Policy and Procedure, and the GEMSAS Appeals Policy and Procedure, only apply to applicants with a valid current year GEMSAS VTAC ID.


If you have a query regarding your application, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance. 


If you wish to appeal a decision made by GEMSAS or VTAC relating to the processing of your application, please consult the GEMSAS Appeals Policy and Procedure for details. 

Email the details of your appeal and any required accompanying documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject heading “GEMSAS Appeal”.  Prior to submission, please ensure you have read the policy and procedure document and understand the decisions that can be appealed. 

Please note that this Committee can only hear appeals against decisions made in the processing of your application. Appeals against decisions made by participating universities must be made to the individual university concerned. 

Extenuating Circumstances 

If you wish to request the extension of a deadline due to extenuating circumstances, please consult the GEMSAS Extenuating Circumstances Policy and Procedure for details. 

Email the details of your request and any required accompanying documentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject heading of “Extenuating circumstances” and your Name and GAMSAT ID. 

Please note that this only applies to requests relating to GEMSAS or VTAC deadlines. Requests relating to deadlines imposed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) or universities must be made to the organisation concerned. 

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