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 or referees to ask them to verify your community experience statement. 

When your referee responds, we consider your written statement(s) against the following 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.

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 2018 to some of our popular ACU courses. Please note: this is a sample of our courses only and is not an extensive list.

2018 CAP offers for study (sample)

Course Offers
Bachelor of Physiotherapy 20 (Ballarat: 6, Brisbane: 10, North Sydney: 4)
Bachelor of Nursing 188 (Ballarat: 17, Brisbane: 20, Canberra: 22, Melbourne: 60, North Sydney: 69)
Bachelor of Commerce 33 (Melbourne: 12, North Sydney: 12, Strathfield: 9)
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy 44 (Brisbane: 9, Melbourne: 15, North Sydney: 20)
Bachelor of Education (Primary) 168 (Ballarat: 12, Brisbane: 10, Canberra: 11, Melbourne: 42, North Sydney: 27, Strathfield: 66)
Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) 70 (Brisbane: 6, Melbourne: 28, Strathfield: 36)

Minimum ATAR/OP requirements for the CAP

Degree ATAR OP
All Initial Teacher Education (Vic) 65.00 *Raw TBC
Law and dual Law degrees 70 12
Physiotherapy* 70 12
Occupational Therapy* 65 14
Paramedicine* (NSW) 65 14
Paramedicine* (Qld, Vic) 58.5 17
Speech Pathology* 65 14
ALL OTHER degrees 58.5 17

*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 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.

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

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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