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Whether you are an international student, from Australia or a local, attending Orientation week is the key to your smooth transition to student life and study at SAE.

Welcome to SAE

Dr Luke McMillan, Dean, SAE Southern

From wherever you have joined us, I warmly welcome you to the SAE community. We’re passionate about helping you reach your potential and aim to support you to thrive and succeed in both your personal and academic endeavours. There is no better way to commence your journey with us than to attend your Campus Orientation session.

Orientation is the time to get prepared for your studies, meet the key SAE people at your Campus, get to know other students and familiarise yourself with the Campus and its facilities. There will be information about your academic program of study, support services available to assist your learning and personal journey, staying healthy and making the most of student life.

So as you commence your learning journey, I encourage your attendance and active involvement in your Campus Orientation program and wish you every success with your studies.

Dr Colin Webber
Dean, SAE Southern


What is Orientation?

Your Orientation is the beginning of your learning journey at SAE. Orientation is held the week before your classes commence and play an influential role in assisting you, as a commencing student, to make a positive transition to your tertiary studies. 

Orientation is the time to:

  • Get prepared for your studies
  • Get to know your fellow students
  • Meet key Academic staff from your discipline area
  • Learn more about how your program will run, study expectations and assessment
  • Meet the student support teams and staff at your campus and find out where, when, and how to access help
  • Familiarise yourself with your campus and its facilities
  • Find out about the key dates in your Trimester
  • Ask any questions you may have

So to set yourself up for success in your studies and the best student experience possible attend your compulsory campus Orientation. 

When is Orientation?




Trimester 3:   September 16 



Trimester 3: September 14-15


Byron Bay

Trimester 3:September 15-17 



Trimester 3: September 15



Trimester 3: September 13-15 & 17



Trimester 3: September 14-15



Augmented & Virtual Reality

Friday 17 September 2021

Click here for info


Postgraduate / MCI

Tuesday 14 September 2021
Module Selection Webinar:  
Wednesday 15 September 2021

Click here for info

Diploma of Screen & Media

Thursday 16 September 2021

Click here for info


Prepare for Orientation

1. When you have your Confirmation of Enrolment, you will need to do the following:

Then Student Services will email your login details so you can access your:

Student Portal (AXIS)
Student email account

2. When you have access to your student email account, you will be able to self-service and;

3. Student Services will register you into modules. When you are registered into modules, you can:

- View your timetable via the student portal (AXIS)

Workplace Health and Safety Induction (WHS)

Before you commence your studies at SAE you must complete the mandatory Workplace Health and Safety Induction for your campus. The WHS Induction includes evacuation and emergency procedures, your responsibility while on campus in regards to safety, footwear requirements etc. Please find links below:



Byron Bay





Complete your eCAF application for FEE-HELP (if applicable)

As a domestic fee-paying student at an approved higher education provider, you may be able to get a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government to pay for all or part of your tuition fees. A FEE-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops, or textbooks. 

To apply for your FEE-HELP loan,  you must complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (or eCAF) before the financial census date of your commencing semester.  The eCAF will be emailed to your personal email two weeks prior to Orientation and, to complete this application you must have:

  1. a Tax File Number (TFN)  (or have applied for a Tax File Number) and
  2. a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

If you are eligible for a FEE-HELP loan, you need to be aware of:

  1. the HELP loan limit (the maximum amount you can borrow) and
  2. the 50% Pass Rate requirement.  The 50% Pass Rate requirement means that to remain eligible for your HELP loan,  you need to ensure that you pass at least 50% of your total attempted units (modules) across your course of study, otherwise you will have to pay your tuition fees upfront until your pass rate improves.

Before submitting your 2020 eCAF for your course commencing in 2021, you must also read the 2021 HELP booklet. This booklet outlines your obligations under the HELP loan scheme, including the requirement for students commencing a new course of study in 2021 to have a Unique Student Identifier under the Student Identifiers Act 2014.

For more information regarding FEE-HELP please visit: studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help

Student Portal

Axis axis.navitas.com

Students can use the student portal for any of the following tasks and more

  • Work with money matters like:
  • Access financial summaries
  • Access invoices and your financial balance
  • Access your attendance records
  • Check your timetable
  • Check your attendance
  • Check your results
  • Communicate with teachers using the student email
  • Access Campus Online (the Learning Management System)
  • Update your profile
  • Access campus information such as policies, web site, and important dates
  • Update your personal details
  • You will receive an email from Student Services with your login details closer to your start date

Student email account

Each student enrolled at SAE is provided with a student email account which is the main point of contact for lecturers, facilitators and general staff. It is essential that you check your email daily.
You will receive your student email two weeks before orientation and instructions on how to set this up.

Learning Journal

What is a Learning Journal?

Your Learning Journal is a site in your student Google Drive and is an integral tool that you will use every week, in every unit throughout your studies. Once you have your SAE email, you will be able to access your Journal.

Your Learning Journal is the place where you will:

  • Be compiling your Project Materials ready for submission via Campus Online accessed through the student portal, Axis axis.navitas.com
  • Demonstrate and develop your Reflective Practice throughout each of your units and Stages of your course

We advise students to view the SAE Learning Journal Onboarding video.

Key Dates

What is Census Date?

There are two key census dates each Trimester which determine the financial and academic consequences of any change in your enrolment status throughout a Trimester.

Financial Census Date

Friday of Week 3 (for Higher Education 13 week study periods)
  • Wednesday of Week 2 (for 7 week study periods in VET and MCI)

The financial census date is the last date in each Trimester that you can make any changes to your enrolment (eg: add or drop modules, change course or specialisation, defer or withdraw from your course) without incurring a financial penalty.  This means if you drop a module, defer, or withdraw after the financial census date, you will still be liable for the applicable fees for the module/s unless there are Special Circumstances.

The financial census date is also the deadline to:

  • Apply for a Government HELP loan (FEE-HELP, HECS HELP, VET Student Loan)
  • Apply for a Tax File Number and submit evidence to Student Services
; OR
  • Pay for your tuition fees if you are not applying for a HELP loan

Information on Special Circumstances is available here.

Academic Census Date - Friday of Week 8
The academic census date [for Higher Education (HE) programs only ie: Bachelor programs, Associate Degrees and HE Diplomas]  occurs after the financial census date. This is the last day you can make any changes to your enrolment (eg: drop modules, defer or withdraw from your course) without incurring academic penalty.

If you drop any modules before the academic census date, you will receive a WK grade - (Withdrawn without failure grade) against the module/s you dropped and this is not included in the calculation of your Grade Point Average (GPA).  You are still liable for the applicable fees for those module/s, unless there are Special Circumstances

You will also be charged tuition fees to repeat the module/s in a future Trimester.  

If you drop any module/s after the academic census date, you will receive a WF (Withdrawn with Failure grade) against the modules/s you dropped. This counts as a Fail grade in the calculation of your Grade Point Average (GPA). You are still liable for the applicable fees for those module/s unless there are Special Circumstances.

You will also be charged tuition fees to repeat the module/s in a future Trimester.

Check out the Academic Calendars - the calendars include the census dates for each Trimester.

Academic Calendar

8 things to do at Orientation

  1. Keep updated on Student Events. Follow our Student Events Calendar.
  2. Get familiar with your campus
  3. Meet your lecturers
  4. Meet your peers and make great friends
  5. Meet your Student Partners
  6. Find out what to expect in your first trimester
  7. Come in early and head to the local cafes to find the best coffee
  8. Pick up your student ID card

Reflective Practice

At SAE, we have designed our curriculum to develop and assess your capabilities in three, interlinked domains:

  • Proficiency – the intellectual, creative, and technical tools of your trade and the tangible output of their use.
  • Process – the ways in which you go about using and reflecting on these tools to create things of high quality that meet the needs of your target audience.
  • Person – the transferable skills that make you better at working with other people in creative media.

We refer to this as the 3Ps. Proficiency, process, and person each have their own set of skills, knowledge, and behaviours that you will develop and practice and which form an integral part of our holistic assessment framework.

Each week you will be asked to reflect upon each of the 3Ps in relation to the work undertaken in class. Reflective practice helps to bring unconscious aspects of experience into conscious awareness. By bringing these aspects of experience to the conscious mind, we can begin to make choices about what attitudes, practices and values we should adopt.

Professional creative media practitioners do this frequently through a range of methods including keeping journals, creating blogs and discussing their practice with others.

There are simple questions that you can use to become a reflective practitioner:·

  • What feedback was I given this week?
  • What did I learn from this week's class?
  • What do I need to brush up on?
  • What additional learning do I need?
  • What are my next tasks?

You’ll use these questions every week to reflect on each of the 3Ps in your after class activities.

You will record your reflections in your Learning Journal. Students are expected to routinely share their documented reflections in class and receive feedback from their peers and Lecturers.

Of course, the final, and most vital parts of reflective practice include making adjustments to improve your practice and the maintenance of the reflection process as an ongoing activity.

Watch a video on Reflective Practice by SAE students Stephanie Knight & Chelsea Hobson

More information

Program Handbook - Stage 1

As you commence your creative learning journey with SAE, you’ll notice we do things a little differently.  For a start you’ll be learning by doing, you will be working with fellow students (peers) and faculty, and engaging in a range of activities and projects designed to develop your skills and knowledge and support your success.

To find out more details, check out the Handbook at the link.


Support Services


Student Services Officers or SSOs are your first point of contact for all student enquiries.

At any stage of your learning and student life journey with SAE, SSOs are available to support you with advice or information relating to enrolment or changes to your enrolment, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Orientation, Academic Progression, International student visa, and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) enquiries, Local campus activities, Student Policies, Procedures and Forms, Graduation, any other enquiry you may have. 

Find the SSO at your campus


Student Services Advisors or SSAs are here to support your wellbeing and academic success during your time at SAE. They can provide disability, welfare and learning support as well as assistance for international students. Student Services Advisors can assist with crisis situations and refer you to other internal and external support services.

For more information regarding SAE’s disability support please visit the Disability page here

Find the SSA at your campus


Student Counsellors are available to assist students with personal issues or circumstances that might affect wellbeing and study. This is a free, short term and confidential service.

Student Counsellors at SAE are on placement in their final stage of study and are closely and regularly supervised by experienced and qualified SAE counseling staff.

The Counselling Service can assist students with a variety of issues such as grief and loss, trauma and crisis, relationship issues, self-esteem and identity, stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. All SAE students are welcome to use the Counselling Service.

The National Manager, Counselling, and Wellbeing also provide short term counseling to students by arrangement.

To book a confidential appointment please email the counsellors on your campus.







The librarians at SAE are here to help with your research, whether that be assisting you in finding relevant resources/ information, unpacking your assignments, assessing the suitability of a resource, etc. You can reach out to your campus’ librarian at the library desk and/ or online via the Ask the Library chat, available through the SAE Library website, as well as email.

Make sure you have activated your Library account and E-Resource access

SAE Library


SAE's Tech Team is always available while the campus is open. They are responsible for opening & closing the campus, organising all bookings & gear hire, and general maintenance across the entire SAE campus. Each member of the tech team is an Alumni of SAE, made up of diverse skill sets.

They are an invaluable first point of contact and will be able to assist you with most of your questions. To find out more information about your campus’ Tech Team or the equipment & facilities available, please visit the TechHub, linked below.

Melbourne Tech Hub

Brisbane Tech Hub

Sydney Tech Hub

Byron Bay Tech Hub

Perth Tech Hub


Each SAE campus has an IT support officer who can provide students with support relating to all of SAE’s digital learning environment as well as email, web, and network support.

A 24/7 service desk is available to all SAE students to provide support both on and off-campus.

Students may access this service either directly on campus via Student Services or via the 24/7 email address: service.desk@navitas.com.


Policies, Procedures & Student Forms

It's important for you to know where to find SAE's Policies and Procedures.

Our Policies and Procedures cover all aspects of academic life (such as Admission, Progress, Assessment), student support and wellbeing (such as the Code of Conduct, Equity and Access, Student Complaints, Students At Risk) and Library, IT, and Student Fees and Payments.

The Student Form page contains forms for a range of student transactions including Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Request for Special Consideration, Change of Enrolment and Student Support Plan.