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Adjustment schemes

We offer adjustment schemes that can help you get into the course you want. They’ll give you an adjustment to your selection rank (or OP equivalent). You can apply for as many adjustments as you’re eligible for, and you can receive up to a maximum of 10 ranks (equivalent to 5 OP bands).

Students with difficult circumstances: Educational Access Scheme

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

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
  • an education disruption.

When you apply through QTAC, you'll be able to select these five categories as part of the Educational Access Scheme (EAS).

What you get

You can receive an adjustment of up to 6 selection ranks (equivalent to 3 OP bands) for each category. The maximum you can receive if you apply for multiple categories is 10 selection ranks (equivalent to 5 OP bands).

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

If you're from a low-income background or you struggle financially, you may be eligible for the Q-Step Scheme under the EAS (financial hardship category). The Q-Step Scheme offers a guaranteed Equity scholarship to successful applicants in addition to the selection rank adjustment.

You can apply if you're from a low-income background and you're also:

  • an Australian citizen (including dual citizenship holders)
  • and Australian permanent resident
  • an Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • a New Zealand citizen.

There is not a set definition of 'low-income'. We assess every 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've undertaken any of the following studies you will not be eligible for the Q-Step Scheme:

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

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.

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 (educations disruption 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.

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.

The EAS selection rank adjustment applies to most courses offered by QUT through QTAC. Check your course information to be sure.

If your course isn't eligible for the selection rank adjustment, and you're eligible for category 1 of the EAS (financial hardship), you may still be able to receive an Equity scholarship.

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.

Elite athlete entry adjustment scheme

If you're an elite athlete and you're applying to QUT, you can apply for our Elite athlete entry scheme to receive an adjustment to your selection rank.

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 an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised sport and at least one of these applies to you:

  • you're in a state development squad or team
  • you're in a state team or an individual competing in national level competitions
  • you're in a national development squad or team
  • you're in a national team or an individual competing in international competitions
  • you're a coach for a state or national squad or team, or a referee in national or international competitions.

Athletes from non-ASC recognised sports are still encouraged to apply and may be considered at the discretion of the Elite Athlete Program Committee.

Check your course information to see if the course you want to study is eligible for this adjustment.

What do I receive?

When you apply through QTAC, you may receive an adjustment to your selection rank by up to 6 ranks (equivalent to 3 OP bands), or grade point average (GPA) equivalent.

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

Once you're a QUT student and receive your student number, you can apply for our elite athlete program to get further support and benefits to help you study successfully.

When can I apply?

Students 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 rank adjustment you'll receive. We'll send you more information about your application to study with us once the adjustment has been applied to your score.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for your desired QUT course and you are not sure about the best pathway into QUT, email eliteathletes@qut.edu.au for advice.

Year 12 subject scheme

If you've successfully completed certain subjects at school, or university level units, we'll make an adjustment to your selection rank (or OP equivalent).

Am I eligible for the Year 12 subject scheme?

You can claim the adjustment to your rank if you're a current Australian Year 12 student and applying for university entry straight after finishing school.

You'll need to have completed the equivalent of four semesters at senior school level (Years 11 and 12) with a passing exit grade. For example, Queensland senior students need to have achieved a Sound Achievement grade or better for each semester of study.

Check your course information to see if the course you want to study is eligible for this adjustment.

I want to take a year off before I start university

If your course allows you to defer, you can still claim the adjustment to your rank, 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.

What subjects do I get adjustments for?

If you qualify for rank adjustments in all of the subject areas you can receive the maximum 8 points.

Subject studied in Year 12 Maximum selection rank adjustment If you apply for:
Mathematics C 2 Any course that doesn't have additional entry requirements
Physics 2 Any course that doesn't have additional entry requirements
Languages other than English (LOTE) 2 Any course that doesn't have additional entry requirements
Aerospace Studies or Engineering Technology 2 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single and double degrees
University units (e.g. through START QUT) 2 (1 per unit) Any course that doesn't have additional entry requirements

I'm not from Queensland, or I have an International Baccalaureate

If you completed Year 12 in another state or completed the International Baccalaureate, check the list of equivalent subjects.

Australian Capital Territory
Queensland subject Australian Capital Territory equivalent
Mathematics C Specialist Mathematics (Double major)
Physics Physics
Languages other than English (LOTE) A tertiary major in any LOTE subject
Aerospace Studies Flight
Engineering Technology None
New South Wales
Queensland subject New South Wales equivalent
Mathematics C Mathematics Extension 2
Physics

One of:

  • Physics 2 unit
  • Physics
  • Science 3 or 4 unit
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE subject that contributes to the NSW HSC
Aerospace Studies None
Engineering Technology Engineering Studies
Northern Territory
Queensland subject Northern Territory equivalent
Mathematics C Specialist Mathematics
Physics Physics
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE subject that contributes to NTCET
Aerospace Studies None
Engineering Technology None
South Australia
Queensland subject South Australia equivalent
Mathematics C Specialist Mathematics
Physics Physics
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE subject that contributes to SACE
Aerospace Studies None
Engineering Technology None
Tasmania
Queensland subject Tasmania equivalent
Mathematics C Mathematics Specialised
Physics

One of:

  • Physics
  • Applied Science - Physical Sciences
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE subject that contributes to TCE
Aerospace Studies None
Engineering Technology None
Victoria
Queensland subject Victoria equivalent
Mathematics C Specialist Mathematics
Physics Physics
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE subject that contributes to VCE
Aerospace Studies None
Engineering Technology None
Western Australia
Queensland subject Western Australia equivalent
Mathematics C Mathematics: Specialist
Physics

One of:

  • Physics
  • Physical Sciences
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE subject that contributes to WACE
Aerospace Studies Aviation
Engineering Technology Engineering Studies
International Baccalaureate
Queensland subject International Baccalaureate equivalent
Mathematics C Mathematics – HL
Physics Physics - SL or HL
Languages other than English (LOTE) Any LOTE SL or HL subject
Aerospace Studies None
Engineering Technology None

How to apply

Just complete your QTAC application on time. If you completed the START QUT program, make sure you include the details.

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