Navigating QTAC

New to university applications? Want to understand a bit more about QTAC? We've compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to assist you with your application.

To find out more, or for information relating to your specific circumstances, contact our friendly Future Students team today.

General information, fees and application dates

QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) is a tertiary application service for Queensland universities, including JCU.

It assesses student applications for JCU against our entry requirements and makes offers to successful applicants.

First, you will need to create an Application Services account.

For more information, watch our helpful video on how to apply through QTAC.

Yes. Costs will vary depending on who is applying and when.

2023 Year 12 students

1 August 2023 29 February 2024 $55
1 March 2024 onwards $98

All other applicants

1 August 2023 29 September 2023 $98
1 October 2023 31 January 2024 $150
1 February 2024 onwards $98

Further fee information is available from the QTAC website.

QTAC will not process your application until payment has been received.

  • Mastercard or Visa at the time of application
  • BPAY using internet banking with your financial institution
  • Credit card, EFTPOS (debit card) or money order at the QTAC office (if you select BPAY as your payment method).

NOTE: QTAC no longer accepts cash payments.

QTAC applications open on Monday 1 August 2023.

Visit the QTAC website for key dates and information on offer rounds.

Application due dates can be found here.

Change of preferences and submitting documents

The QTAC entry process has regular ‘offer rounds’, giving you the opportunity to change preferences. You can change your preferences both before and after you've received an offer. If you are changing your preferences before you've been made an offer, make sure you check the QTAC key dates web page for details.

It is free to change your preferences the first three times. After this, each additional change is $55.

Yes, but make sure you order your preferences carefully. Refer to 'How do I order my preferences?' below.

You can upload your documents when completing your application.

You can apply for up to six courses. Listing six preferences helps maximise your chances of getting an offer.

Ordering preferences, evaluating your options and the offer process

You can use the following tips as a guide:

  • Preferences 1 and 2 are your desired courses. List the courses you really want to study, even if you don't think you will be offered a place.
  • Preferences 3 and 4 are your back-up course choices. These are courses you're likely to receive an offer for, something you are interested in, an alternative career area, another way of studying or an upgrading pathway.
  • Preferences 5 and 6 are your pathway courses. These are courses you are willing to study if you miss out on all your other preferences. You should be sure you are going to receive an offer for these courses.

For more information, visit the QTAC preferences web page.

Packaged offers allow students to access additional support, while studying pre-requisites and meeting other entry requirements for their preferred degree. Click here for more information on JCU's QTAC packaged offers.

A STAT test is not accepted for applicants in Year 12 2023. JCU will accept the use of the STAT Test to obtain a rank if applicants are not currently in Year 12 in 2023 and are at least 18 years old. Visit the QTAC website for more information or to register for a STAT test.

QTAC has multiple offer rounds. The major offer round for Study Period 1, 2024 will be on Thursday 11 January. Refer to the QTAC key dates web page for more information.

If you are already eligible for the course you have applied for before secondary results are released, you could receive an offer as soon as school finishes. This might occur if you have previously completed study at TAFE or if you have applied for an open access course.

If you're a Year 12 student in Queensland, you must enter your Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) to complete your application.

Help is available to recover your LUI if you need it.