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
Fund raising -  includes fun runs, 40 hour famine; sleep outs;  etc.
  • Single event participation
  • Single event organisation
  • Multiple event/ongoing participation
  • Multiple event/ongoing organisation
  • Patrolling beach
  • Instructing others – e.g. Nippers
  • Senior organisational role


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


Service organisations/activities – Country Fires Association;

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


Community group service Guides, 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
Weekly involvement OR minimum 60 hours total in a year 5
Weekly involvement OR minimum 40 hours total in a year 4
Monthly involvement OR a minimum 30 hours total in a year 3
Less frequent involvement – minimum 20 hours total in a year 2
Less than 20 hours total in a year 1
Less than 5 hours total 0
Long standing activities/service of more than 5 years 5
4 to 5 years involvement 4
2 to 3 years involvement 3
1 to 2 years involvement 2
1 year or less involvement 1

How many CAP offers are made each year?

The number of offers will depend on the number and quality of applications received.

For some courses, we only offer a limited number of CAP places. These include our most competitive degrees, including:

  • Paramedicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology.

As a guide, here are our CAP offer numbers made for study in 2019 to some of our popular ACU courses. Please note: this is a sample of our courses only and is not an extensive list.

2019 CAP offers for study (sample)

Course Offers
Bachelor of Physiotherapy 18 (Ballarat: 6, Brisbane: 8, North Sydney: 4)
Bachelor of Nursing 171 (Ballarat: 16, Brisbane: 25, Canberra: 10, Melbourne: 60, North Sydney: 60)
Bachelor of Commerce 29 (Brisbane: 1, Melbourne: 6, North Sydney: 11, Strathfield: 11)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy 43 (Brisbane: 8, Melbourne: 15, North Sydney: 20)
Bachelor of Education (Primary) 164 (Ballarat: 5, Brisbane: 11, Canberra: 22, Melbourne: 44, North Sydney: 26, Strathfield: 56)
Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) 65 (Brisbane: 5, Melbourne: 25, Strathfield: 35)

Minimum ATAR/OP requirements for the CAP

The table below shows the entry ranks required for CAP 2020 Entry. TBC indicates that the course entry rank is still to be confirmed for 2020.





All Initial Teacher Education (Vic)

65.00 *Raw


Law and dual Law degrees












Occupational Therapy*



Paramedicine* (NSW)



Paramedicine* (Qld, Vic)






Speech Pathology*



ALL OTHER degrees



*Limited CAP places available

Consideration of adjustment factors

We will consider adjustment factors for most courses. Any adjustment factors added to your ATAR/OP/Selection Rank will be included when considering the minimum entry score requirement.

The only exception is for teaching/education courses in Victoria where you will require a raw ATAR of 65.00.

If your CAP application is successful

You'll receive an email in late September 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.

If your CAP application is not successful

You'll receive an email in late September 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

Need help? Contact us

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

Email AskACU
Search our FAQ knowledge database
Call us on 1300 275 228.


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