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 Force, you might be eligible for ACU’s Veterans’ Entry Program (VEP) and Student Veterans Support Program (SVSP).
Register for the Veteran Entry Program
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 Force, 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.
Gain credit for one unit
In recognition of your service to country and community, ACU will grant you credit for the Core Curriculum unit, Justice and Change in a Global World. This credit is available for most undergraduate degrees.
Leadership experience counts
Becoming an officer or senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO) 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 SNCO, you are eligible for direct entry into the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management.
Applications to study in Semester 1 2024 will close on 12 February 2024
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Are you a partner, spouse, or child of a Veteran? You may be eligible
Finding meaningful employment is important to all Australians. Often for the family members of ADF personnel there can be significant barriers when pursuing educational/employment goals due to service commitments such as posting cycles, deployments and/or locality. This pathway aims to provide recognition of these challenges and sacrifices by giving the opportunity to access a range of study options, increasing employability and opening the door to meaningful employment.
This entry pathway is available to any partner, spouse, or child over the age of 18 of current/previous serving ADF personnel. Applications are handled on a case-by-case basis though as a rule of thumb 2-years of service is required. If you are unsure of your eligibility, we encourage you to contact one of our Student Veteran Services team to discuss further.
Applications can be made directly to ACU through the Veterans Entry Program web form. Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their partner, spouses or parents ADF Service Record. Following application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview date and requested for supporting documentation including a written ‘motivation to study’ form.
Apply for 2024 intake
Use this link to register your interest for a course at ACU, starting in 2024.
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. We will then contact you to provide personalised assistance with applying to study at ACU. Applications through the Veterans Entry Program will be automatically registered to the Student Veterans Support Program.
Applications to study with ACU Online's Term 1 (commencing 29 Jan 2024) close 15 Jan. Applications for Semester 1 2024 (commencing 26 February 2024) close 12 February 2024.
Register for the Veteran’s Entry Program