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QTAC Guide

We have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions to assist you with your application.

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QTAC 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 your 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 any when.

2021 Year 12 students

3 August 2021 28 February 2022 $46
1 March 2022 onwards $79

All other applicants

3 August 2021 30 September 2021 $79
1 October 2021 31 January 2022 $182
1 February 2022 onwards $79

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 QTAC's office (if you select BPAY as your payment method)

QTAC no longer accepts cash payments.

QTAC applications open on Tuesday, 3 August 2021.

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

Change of preferences and submitting documents

Applications for Study Period 1, 2022 close on the following dates:

30 September 2021:
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Veterinary Science
10 December 2021: Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Nursing Science - Bachelor of Midwifery
7 February 2022: Diploma of Higher Education (all streams except Business)
2 February 2022: Courses that run in trimesters: Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Communications, Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events, Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science, Diploma of Higher Education (Business)
22 February 2022: All other courses

Submitting your application on time will ensure that you receive an offer as early as possible. This will allow you to properly plan your first semester of study.

Visit the QTAC key dates web page for more information on deadlines.

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 been made an offer. If 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. Each additional change is $46.

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.

How to order 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.

You should think about your options for upgrading, and include some of them in your preferences. This does not apply for all courses, however with additional study you may be able to satisfy the entry requirements for your preferred course.

A STAT test is not accepted for applicants in Year 12 2021. JCU will accept the use of the STAT Test to obtain a rank if applicants are not currently in Year 12 in 2021 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, 2022 will be on Thursday, 13th 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 in Year 12 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.