How your application will be assessed

When you submit your application for the Community Achiever Program (CAP), we email your referee/s to ask them to verify your community experience statement. When your referee/s respond, we consider your statement/s against these criteria:


How you were involved

  • Were you in a leadership role?
  • Were you part of a group?
  • Did you act independently? 

How often you were involved

  • How many hours/weeks/months/years

 How long you were involved

  • Over what period of time - a day/week/month/year?

 Comments from your referee

  • Did your referee confirm what you told us?



ALL applications will be assessed against these criteria. For some courses we only offer a limited number of CAP places. These include our most competitively sought degrees in Paramedicine, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathology.

If your CAP application is successful

You'll receive an email in late August to the address you provide in your CAP application. Your CAP early offer will convert to a course offer when you:

  • Have your CAP course as your highest eligible preference on your application to QTAC/UAC/VTAC
  • Have satisfied any prerequisite requirements for your CAP course, and
  • Achieve the CAP minimum ATAR/OP required (see the table below).

For most courses, any ATAR/OP adjustments you receive will be added to your raw ATAR/OP when considering the CAP minimum entry score requirement.

For all Initial Teacher Education courses in Victoria applicants must meet a raw ATAR 65.00. Adjustment factors will not be added when being considered for the CAP minimum entry score.

CAP Minimum ATAR/OP Requirement

Degree ATAR OP
All Initial Teacher Education - Vic 65.00 *Raw TBC
Law and dual Law degrees 70.00 12
Physiotherapy* 70.00 12
Occupational Therapy* 65.00 14
Paramedicine* - NSW 65.00 14
Paramedicine* - Qld, Vic 58.50 17
Speech Pathology* 65.00 14
ALL OTHER degrees 58.50 17

* Limited CAP places available

If your CAP application is not successful

You'll receive an email in late August to tell you why your application was unsuccessful.

Don't lose heart. Remember that CAP is an early offer scheme and you may still receive an offer of a place in the course you want at ACU. If you leave it as a preference on your QTAC, UAC or VTAC application, you'll be considered for an offer in December/January.

To receive a later offer you will need to achieve the required entry score (ATAR/OP or equivalent rank) and satisfy any prerequisite requirements for your preferred course.


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