If you’re an eligible QTAC applicant, you can receive multiple adjustments to your selection rank or ATAR through a number of adjustments schemes, making you more competitive for a course offer.

You can apply for as many adjustments as you’re eligible for, up to a maximum of 10.00 ATAR or selection ranks across all schemes.

If you've experienced circumstances that have negatively affected your most recent studies, you can receive an adjustment to your selection rank (or ATAR).

You should apply if your studies have been impacted by:

  • experiencing financial hardship
  • disruptive home environments or increased responsibilities
  • English language difficulties
  • a disability, injury or health condition
  • school environment.

What you get

You can receive an adjustment of up to 6.00 selection ranks for each category. The maximum adjustment you can receive if you apply for multiple categories is either:

  • 8.00 selection ranks
  • 10.00 selection ranks if you also qualify for financial hardship (Q-Step).

You'll also be able to access a whole range of support services once you’ve enrolled at QUT. These include things like language support, counselling services, learning and study workshops, disability advisers and financial support.

Educational Access Scheme benefits

Am I eligible?

There's different criteria and documentation that you'll need to supply depending on the category.

You can find out more about each of the categories, and what documentation you'll need to submit, through the Educational Access Scheme at QTAC.

I'm experiencing financial hardship

You can apply for the EAS (financial hardship category) if you're from a low-income background or you struggle financially.

There is not a set definition of 'low-income'. QTAC assesses each application individually and decisions are based on factors like:

  • your income
  • your family's income
  • the number of children in your family
  • any Centrelink payments you've received over the last year.

If you qualify for the EAS (financial hardship category) you will receive an adjustment of 2.00 selection ranks.

In addition to this, if you have not undertaken any of the studies below, as a domestic student you will also qualify for the Q-Step Scheme and receive a further adjustment of 4.00 selection ranks and a guaranteed Equity scholarship:

  • One year or more of full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree (or higher) study
  • Completed advanced diploma/associate degree or higher studies.

The Q-Step scheme is not open to international QTAC applicants.

I have a difficult home environment

If your home environment has made it difficult for you to study, you may be eligible for the EAS (home environment and responsibilities category). The circumstances recognised include family conflict, abuse, divorce, illness or death of a family member, and caring responsibilities.

English is not my first language

You can apply for the EAS (English language difficulty category) if you have been in Australia for less than 10 years and your most recent study was negatively impacted by difficulty communicating in English.

If you have been enrolled in education for more than five years, in any country where you were taught in English, you will not normally be eligible for this category. However, some exceptions do apply, especially if the language spoken in our home is not English.

Please note this EAS category is not accepted for international QTAC applicants.

I've experienced an illness or disability

You can apply for the EAS (personal illness and disability category) if you've experienced long term or recurrent illness or disability and your education provider has not been able to provide sufficient compensation for your circumstances.

This support isn't available for students who've experienced either:

  • mild or short episodes of illness
  • illness that was well managed with medical treatment and had limited impact on their education.

My education has been disrupted

If your education was disrupted by frequent change of school, peer conflict or a disrupted school environment, you can apply for the EAS (school environment category).

You should apply if you've experienced:

  • significant disruption to your school (for example, buildings destroyed)
  • rural, regional or remote schooling
  • frequent change of teachers or lack of subject choices
  • frequent change of school or change of school system in Year 11 and 12
  • peer conflict
  • limited school participation due to gender, family or cultural demands and expectations
  • you have not undertaken any VET or university studies since completing school or bridging.

How do I apply?

When you complete your QTAC application, you'll be asked to select as many of the five EAS categories that apply to your situation.

You should apply for all categories that are relevant for you. You'll need to supply supporting documentation for each category.

What happens next?

QTAC will assess your application, and if you're eligible for the Education Access Scheme you'll automatically receive your selection rank adjustment.

If you've applied for the EAS (financial hardship category), we'll let you know by email if you have been accepted into the Q-Step Scheme. If you're not successful, we encourage you to apply for the Equity Scholarships Scheme.

Are there course exclusions?

If your course below isn't eligible for the selection rank adjustment, and you're eligible for EAS (financial hardship), you may still be able to receive an Equity scholarship.

This adjustment does not apply to:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

The Q-Step adjustment does not apply to:

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Graduate Entry
  • Bachelor of Podiatry – Graduate Entry
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Science – Graduate Entry
  • Master of Nursing – Entry to Practice
  • Master of Teaching (Early Childhood, Primary, or Secondary)
  • Master of Social Work – Qualifying

Regional, rural and remote (RRR) areas of Australia often have restricted or limited access to educational opportunities, resources and services compared with those available in cities or larger towns.

To help address these challenges, we'll make an adjustment to your ATAR or selection rank.

What you get

You will receive an adjustment of 2.00 selection ranks to your ATAR or selection rank.

You'll also be able to access a whole range of support services and scholarships once you've enrolled at QUT. These include:

  • accommodation services
  • language support
  • counselling services
  • learning and study workshops
  • financial support.

Am I eligible

If you're currently residing in a regional, rural or remote area of Australia you may be eligible.

Rural and Remoteness is determined if you are living in an Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Area (RA) category 2 to 5.

There is a searchable map of Australia that allows you to view the ASGS Remoteness Area classification of the region where you live. To find your RA category:

  • select 2016
  • click 'find address'
  • type your address
  • your RA code will appear below your typed in address.

If you are unable to find your specific address you can search by suburb, town, location or by postcode.

If you live in one the following regions you are eligible for this adjustment:

  • RA5 (Very Remote)
  • RA4 (Remote)
  • RA3 (Outer Regional)

If you live in RA2 (Inner Regional) within one of the following postal codes you are also eligible for this adjustment:

Queensland
  • 4184
  • 4270
  • 4275
  • 4285
  • 4287
  • 4307
  • 4309
  • 4310
  • 4311
  • 4312
  • 4313
  • 4340
  • 4341
  • 4342
  • 4343
  • 4344
  • 4345
  • 4346
  • 4347
  • 4350
  • 4352
  • 4353
  • 4354
  • 4355
  • 4356
  • 4357
  • 4358
  • 4359
  • 4360
  • 4361
  • 4362
  • 4363
  • 4364
  • 4365
  • 4370
  • 4371
  • 4372
  • 4374
  • 4400
  • 4401
  • 4402
  • 4403
  • 4404
  • 4405
  • 4406
  • 4407
  • 4507
  • 4514
  • 4515
  • 4517
  • 4518
  • 4519
  • 4521
  • 4550
  • 4552
  • 4553
  • 4554
  • 4561
  • 4563
  • 4568
  • 4569
  • 4570
  • 4571
  • 4574
  • 4580
  • 4581
  • 4600
  • 4605
  • 4610
  • 4614
  • 4615
  • 4620
  • 4650
  • 4655
  • 4659
  • 4660
  • 4662
  • 4670
  • 4671
  • 4673
  • 4680
  • 4700
  • 4701
  • 4702
  • 4703
  • 4704
  • 4710
  • 4711
  • 4714
  • 4740
  • 4741
  • 4750
New South Wales
  • 2083
  • 2157
  • 2311
  • 2312
  • 2314
  • 2315
  • 2316
  • 2317
  • 2318
  • 2319
  • 2325
  • 2328
  • 2330
  • 2331
  • 2333
  • 2334
  • 2335
  • 2336
  • 2337
  • 2340
  • 2341
  • 2344
  • 2350
  • 2351
  • 2352
  • 2353
  • 2358
  • 2415
  • 2420
  • 2421
  • 2422
  • 2423
  • 2424
  • 2425
  • 2426
  • 2427
  • 2428
  • 2429
  • 2430
  • 2439
  • 2440
  • 2441
  • 2443
  • 2444
  • 2445
  • 2446
  • 2450
  • 2452
  • 2454
  • 2456
  • 2460
  • 2462
  • 2463
  • 2464
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  • 2466
  • 2469
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  • 2483
  • 2533
  • 2534
  • 2535
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  • 2537
  • 2538
  • 2539
  • 2540
  • 2540
  • 2541
  • 2569
  • 2571
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  • 2577
  • 2578
  • 2579
  • 2580
  • 2581
  • 2582
  • 2583
  • 2584
  • 2585
  • 2586
  • 2587
  • 2588
  • 2590
  • 2594
  • 2621
  • 2622
  • 2623
  • 2626
  • 2630
  • 2640
  • 2641
  • 2642
  • 2643
  • 2644
  • 2646
  • 2647
  • 2650
  • 2651
  • 2652
  • 2655
  • 2656
  • 2658
  • 2659
  • 2660
  • 2661
  • 2663
  • 2666
  • 2678
  • 2701
  • 2710
  • 2713
  • 2714
  • 2720
  • 2722
  • 2729
  • 2731
  • 2752
  • 2757
  • 2758
  • 2775
  • 2785
  • 2786
  • 2787
  • 2790
  • 2791
  • 2792
  • 2793
  • 2794
  • 2795
  • 2798
  • 2799
  • 2800
  • 2804
  • 2830
  • 2845
  • 2846
  • 2847
  • 2848
  • 2850
  • 2864
  • 2866
Victoria
  • 3211
  • 3221
  • 3222
  • 3223
  • 3225
  • 3226
  • 3227
  • 3228
  • 3230
  • 3231
  • 3232
  • 3233
  • 3234
  • 3235
  • 3236
  • 3239
  • 3240
  • 3241
  • 3242
  • 3243
  • 3249
  • 3250
  • 3251
  • 3254
  • 3260
  • 3264
  • 3265
  • 3266
  • 3268
  • 3272
  • 3275
  • 3276
  • 3277
  • 3278
  • 3279
  • 3280
  • 3281
  • 3282
  • 3283
  • 3284
  • 3285
  • 3289
  • 3300
  • 3301
  • 3321
  • 3322
  • 3324
  • 3328
  • 3329
  • 3330
  • 3331
  • 3332
  • 3333
  • 3334
  • 3341
  • 3342
  • 3345
  • 3350
  • 3351
  • 3352
  • 3355
  • 3356
  • 3357
  • 3358
  • 3360
  • 3361
  • 3363
  • 3364
  • 3370
  • 3371
  • 3373
  • 3374
  • 3375
  • 3377
  • 3378
  • 3380
  • 3381
  • 3384
  • 3385
  • 3387
  • 3430
  • 3431
  • 3432
  • 3433
  • 3434
  • 3435
  • 3437
  • 3438
  • 3440
  • 3441
  • 3442
  • 3444
  • 3446
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  • 3448
  • 3450
  • 3451
  • 3453
  • 3458
  • 3460
  • 3461
  • 3462
  • 3463
  • 3464
  • 3465
  • 3467
  • 3468
  • 3469
  • 3472
  • 3475
  • 3477
  • 3478
  • 3515
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  • 3517
  • 3521
  • 3522
  • 3523
  • 3550
  • 3551
  • 3555
  • 3556
  • 3557
  • 3558
  • 3559
  • 3561
  • 3562
  • 3563
  • 3564
  • 3565
  • 3570
  • 3571
  • 3572
  • 3573
  • 3607
  • 3608
  • 3610
  • 3612
  • 3614
  • 3616
  • 3617
  • 3618
  • 3620
  • 3621
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  • 3624
  • 3629
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  • 3631
  • 3633
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  • 3638
  • 3639
  • 3640
  • 3641
  • 3644
  • 3644
  • 3646
  • 3647
  • 3649
  • 3658
  • 3659
  • 3660
  • 3662
  • 3663
  • 3664
  • 3665
  • 3666
  • 3669
  • 3670
  • 3672
  • 3673
  • 3675
  • 3677
  • 3678
  • 3682
  • 3683
  • 3685
  • 3687
  • 3688
  • 3690
  • 3691
  • 3691
  • 3694
  • 3695
  • 3697
  • 3698
  • 3699
  • 3700
  • 3701
  • 3711
  • 3712
  • 3714
  • 3717
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  • 3723
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  • 3746
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  • 3749
  • 3757
  • 3758
  • 3760
  • 3761
  • 3762
  • 3763
  • 3764
  • 3775
  • 3777
  • 3778
  • 3779
  • 3797
  • 3799
  • 3812
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  • 3814
  • 3815
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  • 3818
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  • 3850
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  • 3854
  • 3856
  • 3857
  • 3858
  • 3859
  • 3860
  • 3862
  • 3869
  • 3870
  • 3871
  • 3873
  • 3916
  • 3922
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  • 3925
  • 3929
  • 3937
  • 3945
  • 3946
  • 3950
  • 3951
  • 3953
  • 3954
  • 3956
  • 3957
  • 3958
  • 3959
  • 3960
  • 3962
  • 3964
  • 3966
  • 3967
  • 3971
  • 3979
  • 3981
  • 3984
  • 3987
  • 3988
  • 3990
  • 3991
  • 3992
  • 3995
  • 3996
Tasmania
  • 7000
  • 7004
  • 7005
  • 7007
  • 7008
  • 7009
  • 7010
  • 7011
  • 7012
  • 7015
  • 7016
  • 7017
  • 7018
  • 7019
  • 7020
  • 7021
  • 7024
  • 7025
  • 7030
  • 7050
  • 7052
  • 7053
  • 7054
  • 7055
  • 7109
  • 7140
  • 7150
  • 7155
  • 7170
  • 7171
  • 7172
  • 7173
  • 7212
  • 7248
  • 7249
  • 7250
  • 7252
  • 7258
  • 7267
  • 7268
  • 7275
  • 7277
  • 7290
  • 7291
  • 7292
  • 7300
  • 7301
  • 7303
  • 7307
  • 7310
South Australia
  • 5132
  • 5133
  • 5134
  • 5138
  • 5139
  • 5144
  • 5157
  • 5201
  • 5202
  • 5203
  • 5204
  • 5210
  • 5211
  • 5212
  • 5213
  • 5214
  • 5231
  • 5232
  • 5233
  • 5234
  • 5235
  • 5236
  • 5237
  • 5238
  • 5240
  • 5241
  • 5242
  • 5243
  • 5244
  • 5245
  • 5250
  • 5251
  • 5252
  • 5253
  • 5254
  • 5255
  • 5256
  • 5259
  • 5260
  • 5290
  • 5291
  • 5350
  • 5351
  • 5352
  • 5353
  • 5355
  • 5356
  • 5360
  • 5371
  • 5372
  • 5373
  • 5374
  • 5400
  • 5401
  • 5410
  • 5411
  • 5412
  • 5413
  • 5414
  • 5451
  • 5452
  • 5453
  • 5460
  • 5461
  • 5501
  • 5502
  • 5550
Western Australia
  • 6037
  • 6041
  • 6042
  • 6083
  • 6084
  • 6124
  • 6125
  • 6126
  • 6207
  • 6213
  • 6214
  • 6215
  • 6218
  • 6220
  • 6221
  • 6223
  • 6224
  • 6225
  • 6226
  • 6227
  • 6228
  • 6229
  • 6230
  • 6232
  • 6233
  • 6236
  • 6237
  • 6239
  • 6240
  • 6243
  • 6251
  • 6252
  • 6253
  • 6255
  • 6271
  • 6275
  • 6280
  • 6281
  • 6282
  • 6284
  • 6285
  • 6286
  • 6288
  • 6290
  • 6302
  • 6390
  • 6391
  • 6401
  • 6403
  • 6501
  • 6502
  • 6503
  • 6556
  • 6558
  • 6560
  • 6562
  • 6564
  • 6566
  • 6567

How do I apply?

We will use your residential address you provided with your QTAC application.

If you are year 12 boarder, please ensure you use your home address as your residential address.

What happens next?

QTAC will assess your application, and if you're eligible for the Regional, Rural and Remote Adjustment Scheme you'll automatically receive your selection rank adjustment.

Are there course exclusions?

This adjustment does not apply to:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)

If you're an elite athlete, you can apply for our Elite Athlete Entry Scheme as part of your QTAC application and you could receive an adjustment to your selection rank (or ATAR).

What you get

You may receive an adjustment of up to 6.00 selection ranks depending on your level of sporting competition.

The Elite Athlete Entry Scheme adjustments apply to most of our courses offered through QTAC. Check your course information to be sure.

You may also be eligible for our QUT Sport Scholarships (Elite Athlete). You'll need to submit a separate application for the scholarship.

Once you're a QUT student, you can apply for our Elite Athlete Program to get further support and benefits to help you study successfully.

Am I eligible?

You're eligible for our Elite Athlete Entry Scheme if you are involved in demanding training or travelling as part of your commitments in a sport that is recognised by Sport Australia and if one of these applies to you:

  • you're in a state team or an individual competing in national level competitions (2.00 adjustments)
  • you’re a national representative or a state player league in a professional sport pathway (4.00 adjustments)
  • you’re competing at international competitions or in a professional player league (6.00 adjustments)

Athletes in sports that sit outside Sport Australia recognised sports are still encouraged to apply and may be considered at the discretion of the Elite Athlete Program Committee.

If you qualify for multiple sports, the highest Elite Athlete Entry Scheme adjustment will apply.

The Elite Athlete Entry Scheme is not open to international QTAC applicants.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Elite Athlete Entry Scheme through QTAC when you apply for your course or you're changing preferences.

What happens next?

QTAC will assess your application and supporting documents and notify you of the outcome of any rank adjustments you receive.

Are there course exclusions?

This adjustment does not apply to:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours)

If you're a current ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma student and you've successfully completed certain subjects at school, or university level units, we'll make an adjustment to your ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma selection rank.

What you get

You will receive an adjustment of 2.00 selection ranks for any subject listed below.

The maximum adjustment is 8.00 selection ranks.

ATAR subjects completed International Baccalaureate subject equivalent Maximum selection rank adjustment
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Mathematics - HL 2.00
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) Physics - SL or HL  2.00
Languages other than English (LOTE) (Units 3 & 4, C) Any LOTE SL or HL subject 2.00 (maximum of 2 regardless of number of languages studied)
Aerospace Systems or Engineering None

2.00 (for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single and double degrees, and the Diploma in Engineering)

University units (e.g. through START QUT) 2.00 (1.00 per unit successfully completed)
I'm not from Queensland

If you’re completing Year 12 in another state, check the list of equivalent subjects that will be recognised for the scheme.

Australian Capital Territory
Queensland subject Australian Capital Territory equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Specialist Mathematics (Double major)
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) Physics
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment A tertiary major in any LOTE subject
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) Flight
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) None
New South Wales
Queensland subject New South Wales equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Mathematics Extension 2
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C)

One of:

  • Physics 2 unit
  • Physics
  • Science 3 or 4 unit
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment Any LOTE subject that contributes to the NSW HSC
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) Engineering Studies
Northern Territory
Queensland subject Northern Territory equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Specialist Mathematics
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) Physics
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment Any LOTE subject that contributes to NTCET
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) None
South Australia
Queensland subject South Australia equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Specialist Mathematics
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) Physics
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment Any LOTE subject that contributes to SACE
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Tasmania
Queensland subject Tasmania equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Mathematics Specialised
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C)

One of:

  • Physics
  • Applied Science - Physical Sciences
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment Any LOTE subject that contributes to TCE
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Victoria
Queensland subject Victoria equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Specialist Mathematics
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) Physics
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment Any LOTE subject that contributes to VCE
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) None
Western Australia
Queensland subject Western Australia equivalent
Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) Mathematics: Specialist
Physics (Units 3 & 4, C)

One of:

  • Physics
  • Physical Sciences
Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment Any LOTE subject that contributes to WACE
Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C) Aviation
Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C) Engineering Studies

Am I eligible?

You must be a current ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma student, making your QTAC application straight after finishing school and have passed one or more of the listed subjects.

I want to take a year off before I start university

If your course allows you to defer, you can still claim the adjustment, as long as you apply to start university straight after Year 12, receive an offer and defer it through QTAC.

Not all courses have the option to defer. You'll need to check your course information.

How do I apply?

You don't need to apply separately for the Year 12 Subject Scheme, QTAC will calculate it automatically.

What happens next?

QTAC will assess your application, and if you're eligible for the Year 12 Subject Scheme you'll automatically receive the relevant number of adjustments.

Are there course exclusions?

This adjustment does not apply to:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Radiation Therapy
  • Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry
  • Plus any course not open to current year 12 students