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 our 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 (including school sports teams) 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.

You may also be eligible for our Vice Chancellor's Scholarships (Elite Athlete). You'll need to submit a separate application for the scholarship. You can't use bonus OPs or ranks to meet the OP/rank requirement for the $30,000 scholarship, but if you don't meet the academic requirements you may still be 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 grade point average (GPA).

If you're applying for a postgraduate course, you may receive a bonus to your grade point average (GPA).

How to apply

Step 1: Apply for a QUT course

Apply for a QUT course through QTAC and have your QTAC number (not your LUI) ready. You will need your QTAC number for this application unless you're a current QUT student.

Step 2: Gather your supporting documents

Download the appropriate template for the supporting documentation you will need to complete. Instructions are in the document.

You will also need to provide an official letter that confirms your highest representation in your sport during Year 12 (or your senior year of high school) and the current year. The letter must be on club or team letterhead and signed by your coach or team manager (or someone in an equivalent position).

Scan the two documents separately and name them as:

  • LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_QTACID_Doc1 for the supporting documentation form (for example, SMITH_JOY_175600899_Doc1)
  • LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_QTACID_Doc2 for the official letter (for example, SMITH_JOY_175600899_Doc2).

If you are uploading scans of original signed documents, you don't need to have them certified by a Justice of the Peace.

Step 3: Apply for our Elite Athlete Special Entry Program

Start or continue an existing online application for our Elite Athlete Special Entry Program. To continue an existing application you'll need the login details you've previously created.

When can I apply?

Applications for Semester 1, 2017 have been extended and close at midnight on Friday 21 October 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 application before Friday 25 November 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 complete a separate application for the Elite Athlete Program. As an elite athlete studying at QUT, you'll be able to:

  • apply for early class allocations to assist in managing your university timetable in conjunction with your sporting commitments
  • 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 3, X Block
    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000