Cairnmillar Application Portal

2021 Admissions and Applications Portal

This portal is used to create or check your 2021 Course of Study applications for the Cairnmillar Institute. To make an application, register or login below. 

For more information about our current courses offered see: Cairnmillar Course and Program Information.

Extended Applications – Graduate Certificates

Applications are now open for the 2021 February intakes of the COVID-19 Funded Graduate Certificate Short Courses only (no other courses are accepting applications).

CSP Funded Graduate Certificate applications must be made prior to 8 February 2021.

Late applications made after 8 Feb 2021 will only be considered if time allows and there are sufficient vacancies once on-time applications and offers are completed. Note: teaching starts on 22 February 2021 for the Psych Science and Pre-Prof Psych certs (no further offers are likely after the start of teaching). Teaching starts on 15 March 2021 for the Grad Cert of Counselling.

Applications received after 5pm on Friday, 5 March 2021 are unlikely to be considered.

All applicants will have a final outcome by the end of March 2021.

APPLY NOW: register or login to start a new application.

All Other Courses – February 2021 Intakes

Applications are CLOSED for all other courses and programs starting in February 2021.

All of our postgraduate psychology courses, and counselling and psychotherapy programs considered applications for their February 2021 intakes from 3 August 2020 until 31 October 2020. Late applications will not be considered for standard intakes.

New User?

Before applying you will need to register an account

Already Registered?

Use the button below to login to apply or check on current application


Important: Make sure that you whitelist both and in your email service after you make your application. 

The majority of communication about your application will be via email and offers and invitations will lapse if not responded to. The Institute cannot take any responsibility for missed emails or notifications due to your email settings or spam filter services.

This is especially relevant to,, users and people who use an email account from their ISP.

Make an Application Now!

If you do not have an application portal account you will need to Register as a New User. Once you register or login, you will be able to use this portal to make a new application.

Documentation Required:

To make an application you will need:

  • Proof of ID and Citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
  • Your most recent academic transcripts for all previous higher education study
  • A current curriculum vitae (resume)
  • A 500 word statement on why you wish to study this course at Cairnmillar
  • If applicable: References submitted through: (see FAQ for more detail)

International applicants will also need to provide:

  • Proof of IELTS score

Applicants with overseas qualifications will also need to provide:

  • Certified translations of any academic documents not issued in English.
  • APS certification for overseas qualifications (for Psychology courses only)

If you are using copies they must be certified, if you are scanning and uploading originals they do not need to be certified (see our FAQ for more detail).

Help and Assistance

If you need help making your application or using this portal contact for IT support.

Resources for Applicants

References Required

Applicants must provide references using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here. All references must be completed and received through the HODSPA system no later than two weeks after the applications close date listed above.

  • The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) require two academic references and one professional reference.
  • Master of Professional Psychology (MPP) requires two academic references and one professional reference.
  • Master of Professional Psychology Practice (MPPP Internship – Advanced entry) requires two academic references and one professional reference.
  • The Counselling and Psychotherapy programs (e.g. Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, or Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy) all require two references; we prefer at least one academic reference. However, if you have been out of higher education for more than ten years then two professional references or voluntary references will be sufficient.
  • The Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) requires three references total. We recommend providing at least one of each type (e.g. at least one academic and at least one professional) but suggest that you use your best judgement in choosing referees. Your professional supervisor may be willing to act as an academic referee in some cases. 

Note: The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) does not require references.

YEAST Scholarship for Indigenous Students

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Identify as Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander decent, and
  • Be eligible for entry into your chosen program(s) of study

If you choose to apply for the YEAST scholarship and are not yet accepted to study a program with us you do not need to apply separately for entry into the course. Your application for the scholarship and for entry into the program will be considered concurrently. For assistance or advice on applying for the YEAST Scholarship, please contact 

Applications closed on 31 October 2020.

New User?

Before applying you will need to register an account

Already Registered?

Use the button below to login to apply or check on current application

Courses and Programs Accepting February 2021 Intakes

Psychology Courses

Our psychology courses are run by high quality staff who all have considerable experience in educating practitioners.

The staff complement their clinical experience with high level qualifications and commitment to educating future practitioners. Our School is well known for arranging relevant, challenging work place experiences with excellent supervision. These field placements can be in one of our internal student clinics or in an external agency, including schools, psychiatric hospitals, community health centres and private practices throughout Victoria.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Courses

Our counselling and psychotherapy programs draw on more than 50 year’s specialist experience in teaching the skills required to become a psychotherapist.

Our program involves case presentations, role-play activities, the opportunity to undertake personal counselling, individual and group case supervision and supervised field placements. Our Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy program is accredited by both PACFA and the ACA. Our Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy is accredited by the ACA. Our courses are structured to support our students in reaching the highest standards and achieve their career goals.

Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy – Applications CLOSED

Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy – Applications CLOSED

Graduate Certificate of Counselling & Psychotherapy – Applications CLOSED

Past and Future Intakes and Other Application Periods


BPsych(Hons) – July 2021

Applications for our July 2021 intake will open in early April 2021 and close on 31 May 2021. No late applications are possible.

All Courses – February 2022

Applications for our February 2021 Intakes closed on 31 October 2020. No late applications are possible.

New applications for our February and March 2022 intakes will open on 1 August 2021 and close on 31 October 2021.

To be notified when new applications are being accepted for the next intake(s) register your interest here.

Master of Professional Psychology Practice (Advanced Entry) – Mid-year 2021

Applications for the MPPP Internship (Advanced Entry) are accepted at any time to start in the next available enrolment period. 

Advanced entry is only available for students who already hold an APAC accredited 5th year sequence (e.g. an MPP or appropriately accredited GDPP degree) and be eligible to start an AHPRA Internship Placement Plan for a +1 internship under the 5+1 pathway. Students who enter the internship year with advanced entry get credit for most of the first half of the program (the MPP equivalent) and start directly in the internship year. If you are unsure if you are eligible for advanced entry contact for clarification.

APPLY NOW: register or login to start a new application.

New User?

Before applying you will need to register an account

Already Registered?

Use the button below to login to apply or check on current application