Elite athletes: Elite athlete OP or rank bonus

If you're an elite athlete and you're applying to QUT or changing your course, you can apply for the Elite Athlete Special Entry Program to receive a bonus to your OP score, ranking or grade point average (GPA).

This might help you get into the course you want even if your original OP or GPA doesn't meet the cut-off.

Am I eligible?

You're eligible for our Elite Athlete Special Entry Program 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 recognised by the Australian Institution of Sport (AIS), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) or Professional Player's Association (PPA)
  • you're a member of a national squad from an Athlete Career and Education (ACE) supported sport
  • you're in a state or national-level development squad or team in an open or age-level competition
  • you're representing your sport in a national-level competition
  • you're a coach for a national or international-level competitor or a referee within national or international-level competitions.

You might also be eligible for the Vice Chancellor's Scholarships (Elite Athlete). You'll need to submit a separate application for the scholarships. Bonus OPs/ranks cannot be used to meet the OP/rank requirement for the $30,000 scholarship, however applicants are still eligible to apply for the $10,000 scholarship.

What do I receive?

If you're applying through QTAC for an undergraduate course, you may receive a bonus of up to 3 OP scores (or 6 ranks).

If you're a current QUT undergraduate student and you're applying for a course in a different faculty, or a course change within your current faculty (intrafaculty course change), you may receive a bonus to your GPA.

If you're applying for a postgraduate course, you may receive a bonus to your GPA.

How to apply

Fill in the application form online to apply. You'll need:

  • a completed supporting documentation form (available when applications open)
  • your QTAC ID number (not your LUI number.

When can I apply?

Applications for Semester 1, 2017 will open on Friday 1 July, 2016 and will close at midnight on Friday 30 September, 2016.

What happens next

The Elite Athlete Program Committee will assess your application and if successful, you will receive a bonus of up to 3 OP scores or 6 ranks. Any bonus will then be applied to your QUT preferences through your QTAC application or intrafaculty course change application.

We'll inform you of the outcome of your applicatipon before Friday 14 October, 2016. This will give you time to change your QTAC preferences if you need to.

If you have any queries, contact the Elite Athlete Coordinator.


QUT has been recognised as an Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) by the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission.

We know that being an elite athlete takes up a lot of time, so we're flexible about enrolment, assessment and special consideration where possible.

Once you're a QUT student

Once you're a QUT student and receive your student number, you'll need to register with the Elite Athlete Program. As an elite athlete studying at QUT, you'll be able to:

  • apply for extensions for assessment and defer exams that clash with your sporting commitments
  • reschedule your tutorials and practical placements if they do not fit with your training or competition times
  • apply for a leave of absence if you are ill or injured or away competing and cannot attend university
  • speak to a counsellor to help you manage your study load if you are having difficulty managing university study and training
  • study at another institution or via distance if you need to relocate nationally or internationally for an extended period of time, depending on the circumstances
  • apply for scholarships and funding.


Elite Athlete Coordinator

  • Level 5, Y Block
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000