We’ve put together a checklist to help make your Community Achiever Program (CAP) application successful.

Notice: Applications for the 2021 CAP entry program will open on Friday 1 May 2020.

Your CAP application checklist

To get you on your way, we’ve put together some guidance to help you through the application process.

Prepare your Community Experience Statement

A core part of your CAP application is the Community Experience Statement, a piece of writing – of no more than 200 words in length – where you tell us about your community involvement.

You can write one statement or two, depending on how many community groups you’ve been involved with.

How to get started

  • Think about your community experience and identify the main roles you've undertaken. What did you do? When, and how often? 
  • Examples of community experience could include voluntary roles or activities in social justice, school leadership or service, parish or church support, sports, arts/performing arts, and culture.
  • Your sporting achievements must include a community service component, such as fundraising, coaching or club management.
  • If you've been involved in lots of volunteering activities, focus on the activities where you gave a significant amount of time to assist others. You can include a few activities in the same statement – just make sure your referee can verify everything you mention.

Has your community experience involvement been impacted by Covid-19?

  • If you’re unable to continue your community experience due to current restrictions, include in your statement details of the activities you’ve undertaken prior to the disruption.
  • You do not need to be currently participating in your community experience activity to include it in your application.

Choosing a referee

  • Your referee must be a person who supervised you for the duration of your community service. They will be verifying to us what you say in your written statement.
  • If your work was directly aligned with your school, you could ask a Coordinator or another senior member of the Administration to be your referee.
  • Talk to your referee and let them know that you're applying. They should be someone you would feel comfortable asking to speak for you – and who would feel comfortable telling us about you.
  • You'll need to tell us their name, position and a current email address so they can confirm what you've done when we contact them. Make sure their contact details are accurate

Writing tips

  • Write a concise, factual description of your community involvement. Tell us where you volunteered, for how long, what your tasks and responsibilities were, and how often you participated.
  • Focus on the experiences and achievements you've had while volunteering. Don’t mention any work experience or paid work.
  • Have a friend, family member or your referee read your statement. Two heads are better than one – they may pick up something you have overlooked.

Below you will find examples taken from successful applications. You’ll also find some examples that didn't give us enough detail to contribute to a successful application.

Notice the differences, and use these as a guide to help you start writing.

Good Poor
In year 10, I completed work experience in a nursing home and I enjoyed the experience so much that I volunteered to return again this year. I have visited the local nursing home, reading to two aged persons (once/week for 10 weeks), and participated in a concert, playing the piano and singing in a small choir. (13 hours involvement). I have provided care and company to the aged community by visiting a nursing home on a weekly basis. I like talking to the elderly people in the nursing home and I have been invited back next year.
I took part in my schools immersion trip to Vietnam in March 2015. After applying and being chosen to participate in July 2014, my team of eight students was required to raise $3000 in funds to be used on our project of building a new classroom. We attended seven preparatory meetings prior to departure. The week in Vietnam included eight hour days of physical work and classroom support for the students in the village. Since returning I have continued to fund raise for this community and I maintain communication with the teachers in the school which we supported. (At least 60 hours) I went to Vietnam for a week in March this year. My team raised funds and worked every day for 5 days building a school. I would like to continue to perform community service when I leave school and that is why I want to enrol at ACU.

Submit your CAP application

Once you are ready to apply, you can go ahead and submit your application through Student Connect.

A reminder that only ONE application will be considered per applicant.

You can contact CAP.admission@acu.edu.au to request a change to your preferred course and we will re-assess your application accordingly.

Please note the below close dates for application which vary based on the campus you wish to apply for.

CAMPUS 2021 CAP Close Date
CAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSBrisbane 2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close DateCLOSED
CAMPUSCanberra 2021 CAP Close DateCLOSED
CAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSBallarat 2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close DateCLOSED
CAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSNorth Sydney 2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close DateCLOSED
CAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSCAMPUSStrathfield 2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close Date2021 CAP Close DateCLOSED

Submit your CAP application

Don’t forget

  • Use a personal email address, like Gmail, when you apply. Don't use your school email address.
  • Save a copy of your Community Experience Statement(s) as a Word document, so you can easily copy and paste your statement into the online CAP application form.
  • Before you submit your application, make sure you also read about our how the CAP is assessed and offered.

Existing applicants

Have you started a CAP application? Log in to Student Connect to resume and submit.

Complete your CAP application

Monitor your CAP application

After you submit your application, you'll receive an email detailing what to do next.

We will contact your referee(s) to verify your community involvement before considering your application, so it’s a good idea to follow-up with them as soon as possible – the sooner they respond, the sooner we can process the rest of your application.

Once we have all your referee responses, we’ll update the status of your application to ‘Complete, Ready for Assessment’.

To check if your referees have responded to us and if your application is complete, monitor your application on Student Connect.

Go to Student Connect

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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