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 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/OP requirements for the CAP

The table below shows the entry ranks required for 2020 entry at ACU through the Community Achievers’ Program

Degree 2020 CAP entry ranks
Initial Teacher Education degrees 65** 65** 58.5 58.5 17
Law and dual Law degrees 70   70    
Midwifery 80       10
Nursing 70 58.5 58.5 58.5 16
Nursing/Paramedicine   65   75 13
Occupational Therapy 70   70   13
Paramedicine 75   90   13
Physiotherapy   85 90   6
Speech Pathology 65   65   15
ALL OTHER degrees 58.5 58.5 58.5 58.5 17

**Unadjusted rank

Adjustment factors

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

The only exception is for Initial Teacher Education courses in Victoria where you will require an unadjusted ATAR/Entry Rank of 65.

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 above).

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.

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Call us on 1300 275 228.

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