From the Careers Office

Dr David Short – Careers Guidance Counsellor 

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

New ATAR cohort and entry to QUT in 2021
With the first cohort of Queensland Year 12 students graduating under the new QCE/ATAR system this year, there may be some uncertainty about what to expect. Read on for a summary of what you need to know about entry to QUT in 2021.
There are some things that are unknown that may be a source of concern for students, such as:
• course thresholds (these change from year to year in response to demand and are not known in advance)
• what ATAR a student will receive.

However there are a number of things that we know already about entry to QUT in 2021, that may help students and parents feel more in control of the process:
• while QUT continues to be in demand, it is likely that strong applicants with an ATAR of 70.00 or above will be able to gain a place at QUT in 2021—maybe not in their preferred course but at least get a start at QUT
• QUT has expanded the offer guarantee so students with an ATAR of 87.00 or above are guaranteed entry into a wide range of courses. More competitive courses are guaranteed at an ATAR of 93.00 or above. A small number of courses are excluded. Check the website or our publications for the offer guarantee information
• pathways to QUT through other study after school (uni, VET) will continue as will dual awards—offering guaranteed entry or competitive selection ranks
• students will have time to change their QTAC preferences once they know their ATAR
• selection ranks published in our books and online are a good indication of the equivalent ATAR
• students should continue to follow the existing advice about how to order their six QTAC preferences
• students who have experienced circumstances that have impacted their studies can apply for the EAS and receive selection rank adjustments to compensate.

QTAC is the best source of information about how ATAR is calculated and there are great online resources on the
An ATAR or completed International Baccalaureate Diploma is the minimum requirement for school leavers for entry to QUT. For more information see:

QUT Campus and uni experience day for Year 11–12 students
Year 11 and 12 students are invited to on 17 April (school holidays) to get a head start on their future. They will explore the courses offered at QUT, talk with current students about what it’s like to study at uni, and have the option to participate in a leadership or career planning workshop.
Treatment in student-led health clinics
QUT students gain practical experience in our health clinics at Kelvin Grove campus. Working under the supervision of experienced staff, they provide quality health care to the public in the areas of podiatry, optometry, exercise physiology, nutrition and dietetics, psychology and counselling.

Southern Cross University (SCU)

STAR Early Offer key dates
Our very popular STAR Early Offer program allows students to secure a place in a Southern Cross University degree before the ATAR results are released. Below you will find key dates for the program:

Applications open: 2 April
Applications close: 11 September
QLD school recommendations close: 18 September
NSW school recommendations close: 25 September
NSW students offers released: 9 November
QLD students offers released: 18 November

You can visit the website and download the STAR Early Offer flyer here:

An extension of the SCU Gold Coast campus – Coomera Creative campus is here
From this year, students can study our Bachelor degrees in contemporary music, digital media and information technology at our new Coomera campus on the Gold Coast. Based out of Coomera Tafe, students will have access to modern production facilities, IT labs, four soundproofed rehearsal rooms with vocal PA and backline gear and a live performance space with a full array sound system and professional lighting rig.

University of NSW

Introducing: new Business double degrees
UNSW Business School has launched a suite of new double degrees. The Bachelor of Actuarial Studies / Bachelor of Information Systems is designed to equip students with complementary skills in mathematics, finance, and technology.

UNSW Arts & Law United Nations Workshop
We’re excited to invite your students to the UNSW Arts & Law United Nations Workshop, on Friday, 27 March 2020!

Open to students in Years 10-12, this workshop will inspire those with an interest in addressing and resolving real world issues affecting our global society – building their skills in diplomacy, negotiation and public speaking.

Melbourne University

The University proudly congratulates our new Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients. The Melbourne Chancellors Scholarship provides a tuition fee-exempt Commonwealth Supported Place valued up to approximately $30 500, in addition to a living allowance of up to $15 000 for Victorian students ($30 000 for interstate students) the three year duration of their undergraduate studies. The living allowance will be extended for students enrolled in an extended bachelor degree and/or a concurrent diploma, excluding honours. Students are eligible for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, when they achieve an ATAR, or equivalent, of 99.90 or above. 90 students from QLD received either our Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship or National Merit Scholarship at the end of 2019 – a very impressive result!

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