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
|CategoryLifesaving||Type of activity
|CategoryDuke of Edinburgh awards – individual tasks for the DoE cannot be claimed separately||Type of activity
Service organisations/activities – Country Fires Association;Army/Navy Cadets; St John Ambulance.
|Type of activity
|CategoryCommunity group service||Type of activityGuides, Scouts, Boys Brigade etc.
Example scores for frequency and duration of commitment to community activities:
|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|
|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|
|DegreeALL OTHER degrees||MEL58.5||BAL58.5||NSW58.5||CAN58.5||BRI58.5|
**NSW includes Strathfield, North Sydney and Blacktown campus
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.