Find out what happens once you submit your Community Achiever Program (CAP) application to ACU, including our assessment process, minimum ATAR requirements, and the approximate number of offers we’ll make.

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 responds, we consider your written statement/s against the criteria below. You can score a maximum 5 points in each category for a possible total of 15 points:

How you were involved - 5 points

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

How often you were involved - 5 points

  • How many hours/weeks/months/years?

How long you were involved - 5 points

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

Comments from your referee - for verification

  • Did your referee confirm what you told us?

Example scores for community activities (sample only):

Remember: these are points awarded in grading your CAP application for ACU only, they will not change your entry score.

Category Type of activity Score
CategoryFund raising - includes fun runs, 40 hour famine; sleep outs; etc. Type of activity
  • Single event participation
  • Single event organisation
  • Multiple event/ongoing participation
  • Multiple event/ongoing organisation
Score 1
CategoryLifesaving Type of activity
  • Patrolling beach
  • Instructing others – e.g. Nippers
  • Senior organisational role


CategoryDuke of Edinburgh awards – individual tasks for the DoE cannot be claimed separately Type of activity
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze/silver



Service organisations/activities – Country Fires Association;

Army/Navy Cadets; St John Ambulance.
Type of activity
  • Training and service activities e.g. ranking officer in cadets
  • Membership/participation only


CategoryCommunity group service Type of activityGuides, Scouts, Boys Brigade etc.
  • Participation only
  • Significant achievement e.g. Grey Wolf
  • Australian Scouts Medallion
  • Queen’s Scout Award


Example scores for frequency and duration of commitment to community activities:

Frequency Score
FrequencyWeekly involvement OR minimum 60 hours total in a year Score5
FrequencyWeekly involvement OR minimum 40 hours total in a year Score4
FrequencyMonthly involvement OR a minimum 30 hours total in a year Score3
FrequencyLess frequent involvement – minimum 20 hours total in a year Score2
FrequencyLess than 20 hours total in a year Score1
FrequencyLess than 5 hours total Score0
Frequency Score
FrequencyDuration Score
FrequencyLong standing activities/service of more than 5 years Score5
Frequency4 to 5 years involvement Score4
Frequency2 to 3 years involvement Score3
Frequency1 to 2 years involvement Score2
Frequency1 year or less involvement Score1

How many CAP offers are made each year?

The number of offers we make varies from course to course. It depends on the number and quality of applications we receive, and the demand for the course. It may also depend on the availability of clinical placements – which are needed for some of our heath courses.

Even if offers may be limited, our advice is: it’s always worth applying. You never know what the outcome will be, and even if you miss out, we might be able to make you another offer for a similar course.

Minimum ATAR requirements for the CAP

The table below shows the entry ranks required for 2021 entry at ACU through the Community Achiever Program.

Degree 2021 CAP entry ranks
DegreeInitial Teacher Education degrees MEL70 BAL70 NSW65 CAN65 BRI65
DegreeLaw and dual Law degrees MEL70 BAL NSW70 CAN  BRI70
DegreeMidwifery MEL80 BAL NSW CAN  BRI75
DegreeNursing MEL70 BAL58.5 NSW58.5 CAN58.5 BRI58.5
DegreeNursing/Paramedicine MEL BAL65 NSW CAN75 BRI70
DegreeOccupational Therapy MEL70 BAL NSW70 CAN  BRI70
DegreeParamedicine MEL75 BAL NSW90 CAN  BRI70
DegreePhysiotherapy MEL BAL85 NSW90 CAN  BRI90
DegreeSpeech Pathology MEL65 BAL NSW65 CAN  BRI65
DegreeALL OTHER degrees MEL58.5 BAL58.5 NSW58.5 CAN58.5 BRI58.5

**NSW includes Strathfield, North Sydney and Blacktown campus

Adjustment factors

Any adjustment factors added to your ATAR will be included when considering your selection rank against the above listed ranks.

If your CAP application is successful

You'll receive an email by early October 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 required (see the table above).

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

If your CAP application is not successful

You'll receive an email by early October 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 score for standard entry (ATAR) and satisfy any prerequisite requirements for your preferred course

Need help? Contact us

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

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Call us on 1300 275 228.

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