You stood for your country, now we stand for you.

We’re here to help support your studies. If you are a current or former member of the Australian Defence Forces, you might be eligible for ACU’s Veterans’ Entry Program (VEP).

I have completed military service

You stood for your country, now we stand for you.

We’re here to help support your studies. If you are a current or former member of the Australian Defence Forces, you might be eligible for ACU’s Veterans’ Entry Program (VEP) and Student Veterans Support Program (SVSP).

Empowering veteran success

Transitioning out of the military can be difficult for many veterans, with high rates of unemployment and mental health issues. Higher education is an internationally established pathway to assist veterans in successfully transitioning from the military to civilian life, broadening personal networks, and creating a pathway to gainful employment. We assess applicants on a case by case basis, and once you’re an ACU student, the Student Veteran Support Program will help smooth the transition to student life.

Am I eligible for the VEP?

We encourage individuals from all branches of military service to apply for the Veterans’ Entry Program. If you’re unsure about whether you will qualify, we still encourage you to apply.

If you want to study at ACU, and you have served in one of the Australian Defence Forces, you can apply via the link below. We’ll assess your service in the military and convert this to an entry rank, similar to an ATAR. We then match that rank to the requirements of the undergraduate or postgraduate course you wish to study and make you an offer based on the outcome.

As a guide, completion of general training in the Australian Defence Force with two years’ experience (regardless of military rank held) will result in a rank of 82, which would gain entry into most ACU Bachelor degrees. We will provide individualised assessment of experience and qualifications to determine the highest entry rank available to you.

If you’re applying to ACU via the relevant TAC (UAC, VTAC or QTAC), you are also eligible to receive a rank based on your service in the ADF, and this will be done automatically.

An officer and a leader

Becoming an officer in the ADF shows leadership and management capability. We recognise the life and work skills required to achieve this rank, so we’re offering unconditional entry to two of our postgraduate courses. If you have attained the equivalent rank of O-1 or above as an officer or chaplain, or E06 and above as a non-commissioned officer, you are eligible for direct entry into the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management.

Apply for 2020 intake

Use this link to register your interest for a course at ACU, starting in 2020.

You’ll need to share your name and contact details, as well as your ADF service statement and educational history. Don’t forget to tell us which course/s you are interested in.

Register for the Veteran’s Entry Program

A community on campus

We know that the transition from military to civilian life brings unique challenges. The Student Veteran Support Program (SVSP) is designed to give current or post service students the tools and support they need to achieve success throughout their studies and into employment. The SVSP is open to individuals who have completed or are completing a specific term of military service in either the army, air force, or navy, as well as those in the reserves. Family members, and students with international military service are also encouraged to apply. 

If you have a disability or long-term condition that impacts upon your studies, we offer support, special consideration, and flexible options such as exams deferral and online or part-time study.

Learn more about the SVSP

Rank equivalencies

If you are considering studying one of our postgraduate business courses, use the table below to find your equivalent rank.

Item Navy Army Air Forc Rank equivalency
  Commissioned Officer ranks    
1. Admiral of the Fleet Field Marshal Marshal of the Royal Australian Air Force
2. Admiral General Air Chief Marshal O-10
3. Vice Admiral Lieutenant General Air Marshal O-9
4. Rear Admiral Major General Air Vice-Marshal O-8
5. Commodore Brigadier Air Commodore O-7
6. Captain Colonel Group Captain O-6
7. Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wing Commander O-5
8. Lieutenant Commander Major Squadron Leader O-4
9. Lieutenant Captain Flight Lieutenant O-3
10. Sub-Lieutenant Lieutenant Flying Officer O-2
11. Acting Sub-Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Pilot Officer O-1
12. Midshipman Officer Cadet Officer Cadet


Commissioned Officer ranks    
13. Warrant Officer of the Navy Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Warrant Officer of the Air Force E10
14. Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Class 1 Warrant Officer E09
15. Chief Petty Officer Warrant Officer Class 2 Flight Sergeant E08
16. Staff Sergeant E07
17. Petty Officer Sergeant Sergeant E06
Item If a Chaplain's classification is... ...their rank is Rank equivalency
1. Division 1 Captain O-3
2. Division 2 Major O-4
3. Division 3 Lieutenant Colonel O-5
4. Division 4 Colonel O-6
5. Division 5 Brigadier O-7

Other pathways

Not sure if this is right for you? One of our other pathways or entry schemes may be a better fit.

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