QTAC Information Sheet
Offers and Responses
What is an offer?
An offer is the allocation of an available tertiary place to the most qualified applicant.
What is an offer round?
An offer round is when offers are made to eligible applicants. For information on offer rounds, refer to Key Dates. To find out when your course is being offered, check Course Search or My Preferences in Current Applicant online services.
What is a major offer round?
The major offer round is when most offers for a course are made. This date is listed in Course Search. It is essential your preferences are ordered carefully, as offers are made to eligible applicants in order of the offer round date, refer to Ordering Preferences.
Are any offers made before the major offer round?
Some offers for courses are made early in offer rounds prior to the major offer round. To confirm if offers will be released early for any of the courses listed in your preferences, check Course Search or My Preferences in Current Applicant online services.
Who can receive an early offer?
To ensure equity, institutions 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 an 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 course’s major offer round.
Are further offers made after the major offer round?
Following a major offer round, additional offers (in subsequent offer rounds) may be released where course vacancies still exist. This may depend on acceptance rates from the major offer round. Course vacancies are available on the Courses page after major offer rounds.
How am I considered for an offer?
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. For more information, refer to Selection Process and Assessment.
Can I receive more than one offer?
In an offer round, successful applicants receive only one offer, in their highest eligible preference, ensuring places are not wasted by some applicants receiving several offers while others receive none.
How do I find out if I have an offer?
Following an offer round, you are advised by email if you have been made an offer. If you have received an email notifying you of an offer, you can view and print your offer letter from the Current Applicant online service. Please note, QTAC offer letters are not mailed.
How do I respond to an offer?
To secure an offer or to be considered for higher preferences (new or existing) in future offer rounds, you must respond to any offer made by QTAC. Responses are submitted via the Current Applicant online service.
What are my response options?
You can respond to your offer firmly ie firmly accepting, rejecting or deferring your offer (refer to institution policies on deferment):
Alternatively, you can respond to your offer conditionally ie conditionally accepting, rejecting or deferring your offer while still being considered for higher preferences (new or existing) in future offer rounds:
What happens after I am made an offer?
Links to some institutions’ websites will be in Current Applicant online services, enabling students to enrol online. Other institutions will post or email enrolment information shortly after offers are released.
If you do not receive enrolment information from the tertiary institution, please notify the institution, not QTAC.
Why wasn’t I made an offer?
In the major offer round, if you did not receive an offer or do not receive an offer in your most preferred course, check your application before changing preferences or submitting documents for future offer rounds. You can check your application via Current Applicant online services or contact QTAC for information on why you were not successful in gaining a place or a more preferred course.
Reasons for not receiving an offer in the major offer round for your course include:
- your OP/selection rank did not meet the cut-off
- you did not meet minimum entry requirements such as a subject or other prerequisites
- you did not pay QTAC application fees
- you ordered your preferences incorrectly for that offer round
- you applied after the due date for that offer round, leaving insufficient time for your application to be assessed.
If you were ineligible for the courses you applied for, you can change your preferences for consideration in any future offer rounds if further offers are made.
Where can I find information on courses vacancies?
QTAC expects institutions will make additional offers (in subsequent offer rounds) for most courses after major offer rounds. The number of these additional offers depends on the number of acceptances in the major offer round. As a result, after each major offer round QTAC accepts changes of preferences for course vacancies. Check for relevant due dates after major offer rounds.
Vacancies in courses starting semester 3 2014, semester 1 2015 and semester 2 2015 will be listed on the Courses page.
Where can I find information on course cut-offs?
QTAC publishes OP/selection rank cut-offs for the major offer round on the Courses page after the January and June offer rounds. Course cut-offs for the semester 1 major offer round of the previous year can be found in Course Search.