QTAC Information Sheet

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Offers and Responses

Offers

All applicants are considered simultaneously, and places are offered on the basis of merit to the most qualified applicants, in accordance with institutional admission policies.  Although you can apply for as many as six different courses through QTAC, you will generally receive only one offer at any one time.  This will be for the highest preference for which you are eligible and more highly ranked, relative to other applicants for the same course.  This ensures that tertiary places are not wasted as a result of some applicants receiving numerous offers and others consequently missing out entirely.  

Please note that for international applicants, offers are made directly to the applicant by the institution not by QTAC.

Offers are released via QTAC's Current Applicant online services from 9:00am for the 12 December, 16 January, 6 February and 5 June offer rounds. For all other offer rounds, offers are released from 1:00am except for offers made for Remaining Course Vacancies which will be released from 2pm.

Notification of an offer

Once an offer round has occurred, applicants will be advised by email if they have been made an offer and to access Current Applicant online services to view and print their offer letter and to respond to the offer.

Enrolment

You will receive enrolment information from the institution not long after you receive your offer from QTAC. For some institutions, an enrolment link will be provided from QTAC's Current Applicant online services to the institution's website. If you decide to accept an offer, you must also complete your enrolment with the relevant institution by the dates specified. 

Please note, if you do not receive enrolment information from the tertiary institution please notify them directly, not QTAC.  

Deferment

Deferment means that you wish to accept an offered place but wish to delay your commencement of the course, usually for a period of one year. Most tertiary institutions will allow deferment. However, some institutions may not accept deferment for certain courses or may only allow deferment for certain courses under exceptional circumstances. If you wish to defer you should carefully read the institution advice provided with the enrolment information or check with the admissions office of the institution before responding to your offer. 

If you receive an offer from an institution that permits deferment, you must select the appropriate deferment response from the offer response options. You can choose to defer via Respond to Offer in Current Applicant online services.

Offer Rounds

The allocation of a tertiary place to an eligible applicant is known as an 'offer'.  All offers are released by QTAC in 'offer rounds'.  For more information on when the offer rounds are, please see Key Dates.   To determine when your course is being offered, you can access Search for Courses or your Preferences in Current Applicant online services for more information.

Major offer round

The major offer round is when most offers for a course will be made. The major offer round is listed against each course entry listed in the Search For Courses and against each preference listed in 'My Preferences' accessible via Current Applicant online services.

Early offer round

Some offers for courses will be made early in offer rounds prior to the major offer round. To confirm if offers will be released early for any of your course preferences, check the course entries in the Search for Course results or in 'My Preferences' accessible via Current Applicant online services. Additional early or late offer dates will be displayed if applicable. These dates are advised progressively by institutions. Offers may be made early to applicants who have met minimum entry requirements and who have selection ranks (if relevant) well above the anticipated cut-offs.

To ensure equity, institutions will make offers in the major offer round down to the same level, and possibly lower, than the standard required for an early offer. This means that even if an applicant did not receive an offer in the early offer round or the applicant did not have the course listed as a preference at the time of the early offer round, they may still receive an offer in the major offer round for that course.

Subsequent offer rounds

Following a major offer round, additional offers may be made for a course in subsequent offer rounds if course vacancies exist. Information on course vacancies will be available after the release of offers in the January, February and June offer rounds.

Competitiveness in offer rounds

Applicants should note that the number of places available in a course is crucial to the competitiveness for gaining a place. This is particularly important when applying for places in offer rounds such as the offer round after the January major offer round where a small number of places are left over. These places may be competed for by a relatively large applicant pool, with the result that in some cases the OP/selection rank cut-off can actually climb artificially high in these subsequent offer rounds. Applicants should be aware that because of this, there is no guarantee of gaining a place in a future smaller offer round even if they would have made the cut-off in the major offer round.

Respond to an offer

If you receive an offer you must respond to QTAC by the date specified on the offer letter that you can view online at Current Applicant online services. Applicants respond to an offer via Current Applicant online services. If you do not respond to an offer by the lapse date you may lose your right to that offer and you will not be considered for any other courses.

Response Options

There are a number of response options available.  Successful applicants can choose from the following response options:

Acceptance
  • I accept this offer and no longer wish to be considered in any further offer rounds.
  • I accept this offer and wish to be considered for my higher preferences if further offers are made. I understand that if I am offered a higher preference for this semester I forfeit my right to the offer in this lower preference.

Deferment

  • I apply for deferment of this place and no longer wish to be considered in any further offer rounds.
  • I apply for deferment of this place and wish to be considered for my higher preferences if further offers are made.  I understand that if I am offered a higher preference for this semester I forfeit my right to the offer in this lower preference.

Rejection

  • I reject this offer and no longer wish to be considered in any further offer rounds.
  • I reject this offer and wish to be considered for new higher preferences if further offers are made. 

 
Change of Preference
  • I accept this offer and wish to be considered for new higher preferences if further offers are made.  I understand that if I am offered a higher preference for this semester I forfeit my right to the offer in this lower preference.
  • I apply for deferment of this place and wish to be considered for new higher preferences if further offers are made.  I understand that if I am offered a higher preference for this semester I forfeit my right to the offer in this lower preference.
  • I  reject this offer but wish to be considered for new higher preferences if further offers are made.
No Offer

If you were not offered a place into one of your preferred courses in the major offer round, you may wish to check your application before changing preferences or submitting further documentation for future offer rounds.  It is important to check this via Current Applicant online services or contact QTAC Information Services for further information on why you were not successful in gaining a place.

If you did not receive an offer in the major round for your course this can be due to:

  • your OP/selection rank did not meet the cut-off;
  • failure to satisfy Minimum Entry Requirements such as a subject or portfolio/audition prerequisite;
  • failure to pay QTAC application fees;
  • preferencing your courses incorrectly for that offer round;
  • applying after the due date to apply for that offer round leaving insufficient time for your application to be assessed

If you were ineligible for the courses you applied for, you may change your preferences for consideration in any subsequent offer rounds if further offers are made.  

Changing Preferences as part of a response to offer

If you are made an offer and you then decide that you wish to be considered for a course you listed as a lower preference or to a course that you had not previously applied for, you may change your preferences for future offer rounds, if further offers are made.  You can do this via Current Applicant online services.

As part of changing your preferences you have the option to:

  • accept the offer but still be considered for new higher preferences in any further offer rounds
  • reject the offer but still be considered for new higher preferences in any further offer rounds
  • apply to defer the offer but still be considered for new higher preferences in any further offer rounds

Please note that if you conditionally accept an offer and are subsequently offered a higher preference for that semester, you forfeit the right to enrol in the preference previously offered.  If you are not made a subsequent offer for a higher preference, you will retain the offer you conditionally accepted from the previous offer round for that semester. View more...

Courses Vacancies

Institution course vacancy lists will become available after the January, February and June offer rounds.  This list provides statements from each institution about possible further offers into courses for the next offer round. The lists are available after the major offer rounds under Courses.  Information is also available after the December offer round for courses that had their major offers in this round.

Find out Major Round Cut-Offs for Semester 1 and 2

Major round cut off scores will be published on the QTAC website after the January and June offer round under Courses.

This information is correct as at 20 June 2013.


 

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