Move forward by giving back. Our Community Achiever Program (CAP) is open to people who volunteer for local community, social justice, sporting or cultural causes. In return, you’ll gain early entry and tap into leadership and development opportunities.

What is the Community Achiever Program (CAP)?

The Community Achiever Program (CAP) was previously named the Early Achievers’ Program (EAP).

The program offers future students who are active in their community early entry to their undergraduate course of choice. It also provides opportunities to enhance leadership and volunteering skills.

If you’re successful in applying for the CAP, you could receive an offer to study with us as early as August.

Who is eligible?

Anyone applying for an undergraduate bachelor course at ACU, with a demonstrated history of regular volunteering experience from an approved category, is eligible.

You can apply if you are one of the following:

  • completing Year 12 schooling in Australia
  • returning to study later in life
  • a current ACU student
  • an international student completing Year 12 schooling in Australia.

We will only assess one application per person, so apply once and make it count.

No. The volunteering must have been voluntary and not undertaken as part of schoolwork, work experience or paid employment.

Yes, but only if your sporting achievements and commitments have involved community service, such as:

  • significant demonstrated fundraising for your club or association
  • unpaid coaching in your sport
  • involvement with organising or managing your local club or association.

Application dates for 2019 intake

Open date

Applications for the 2019 program opened Tuesday 1 May 2018.

Closing date

Applications close Tuesday 31 July 2018 at midnight.

Offers released

Offers for 2019 will be released by the end of August 2018.

How to apply for the CAP

For more detail on how to apply, including what you’ll need and application writing tips, visit our program application page.

Apply for the CAP

Next steps

Once we have received your application, we’ll process it and let you know the outcome by the end of August 2018.

For more information on how your CAP application will be processed, visit our CAP assessment and offers page.

Learn more about how the CAP is assessed and offered

Other pathways

Not sure if the CAP is right for you? One of our other pathways and early entry schemes below may be a good fit.

I’m an elite athlete or performer

If you have an outstanding track record as an athlete or performer, you could hit the ground running with our Elite Athlete or Performer Program (EAPP).

Learn more about the EAPP

I’m passionate about business

Get an early competitive edge with our Passion for Business early entry program. You’ll receive an early offer, have access to a range of resources and be able to study abroad.

Learn more about assisted entry into business and apply

I’m passionate about law

Our Passion for Law early entry program could kickstart your legal career. Enjoy early entry, access workshops and networking events, and embrace the opportunities to study abroad.

Learn more about assisted entry into law and apply

I have significant work or life experience

Not coming straight from school? You’re in good company: nearly half of our students have joined us later in life.

Learn more about your admission options

Need help? Contact us

You can get in touch with AskACU or student support if you have any questions about the CAP.

Email AskACU
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Call us on 1300 275 228.


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