Definitions used in the Statistical Reports



ACU    Australian Catholic University
BOND Bond University
CQU    CQUniversity
GU    Griffith University
JCU    James Cook University
QUT Queensland University of Technology
Sthn Cross    Southern Cross University
UQ    The University of Queensland
UNE  University of New England
USQ    University of Southern Queensland
USC    University of the Sunshine Coast
TAFE    TAFE Queensland
AMC    Australian Maritime College
CHC Christian Heritage College
END Endeavour College of Natural Health (previously ACNM)
QANTM Qantm College
QIBT    Queensland Institute of Business and Technology
SAE SAE Institute (to 2008 - 2009)


Total Offers

The total number of offers made in all offer rounds. Applicants receiving more than one offer are counted for each offer. Total offers are shown in Table 3 only (or Table 2 for semester 2 and semester 3 reports).


The final number of applicants who received an offer. Applicants are counted once only for that semester. Their final offer is the only one counted.

From 2008- 2009, applicants may have final offers in different semesters in an admissions period. For example, an applicant could have a final offer in semester 1, 2009 and a final offer in semester 2, 2009.

Offer Round Type (from 2008_2009 Admissions)

All courses must have a designated Major Offer Round when all applicants for that course are considered.  Early offers can be made before the Major round to highly qualified applicants in their highest eligible preference only. No applicant can be disadvantaged by the Early Offer process.

For the majority of courses in Semester 1, the January Offer Round is the Major Offer Round. The February Offer Round is a Topup Round and is classified in these statistics as a Major Round. Similarly the two offer rounds in June are the Major and Topup Rounds for most Semester 2 courses.

After these rounds some institutions still have vacancies and QTAC publishes these courses on this website and continues to accept and process applications up to a date specified by the institution, depending on when teaching commences. These Late Offer Rounds are conducted twice weekly.


The number who, after all offers have been made and all responses to offers have been recorded, have accepted an offer.

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of applicants offered a place who accepted an offer. 


The number reported to QTAC by the institution, who were actually enrolled in a course, for which they had previously accepted an offer through QTAC, as at the census date.

Census Date

From 2004-2005 each institution must set a census date for each unit of study that is no earlier than 20% of the way through the period of time during which the unit is undertaken. Enrolments are reported as at that census date.     

These dates are around:-

  • 30 November for semester 3 admissions
  • 31 March for semester 1 admissions
  • 31 August for semester 2 admissions

Enrolment Rate

The percentage of applicants offered a place who were enrolled at the census date.



The final digit of the course code denotes the mode of the course:- 

  • 1 full-time or part-time
  • 2 full-time only
  • 3 part-time only
  • 4 full-time only
  • 5 external only
  • 6 domestic full-fee paying course that has a CSP equivalent
  • 7 domestic full-fee paying course that has a CSP equivalent
  • 8 full-time only 
  • 9 mixed

Quota (prior to 2006-2007)

The maximum number of students to be enrolled at the census date.


Abbreviations used to indicate the level of a course are:- 


Grad Dip Graduate Diploma


Bachelor degree


Advanced Diploma




Associate Degree


Associate Diploma


Advanced Certificate



VGC Vocational Graduate Certificate


Field of Education 

The classification of fields of education is that used by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) based on similarity in the vocational field of specialisation.

The types of courses in the major Fields of Education include:

Natural and Physical Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Earth Sciences
Biological Sciences
Medical Science
Food Science & Biotechnology
Laboratory Technology

Information Technology
Computer Science
Information Technology


Architecture and Building
Urban Design & Regional Planning
Interior & Environmental Design

Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
Animal Husbandry
Land, Parks & Wildlife

Veterinary Science
Occupational Therapy
Speech Pathology

Early Childhood

Management and Commerce
Business Management
Human Resource Management
Hospitality Management
Banking & Finance

Society and Culture
Social Work
Behavioural Science
Language & Literature
Justice Studies
Sport & Recreation

Creative Arts
Visual Arts
Graphic Design
Fashion Design
Communication & Media Studies

Food, Hospitality & Personal Services
Beauty Therapy

Lowest offered OP/rank in the major offer round

The lowest Overall Position for eligible Queensland Year 12 applicants and the lowest first order rank for all other applicants at which an offer was made in the major offer round.

Median enrolment rank

Semester 3: The median enrolment ranks of those applicants who were enrolled in the course at the census date was calculated using the first order rank. Current Year 12s cannot apply for courses commencing in Semester 3.

Semester 1: The median Overall Position for eligible Queensland Year 12 applicants and median first order rank for all other applicants who were enrolled in the course at the census date.

Semester 2: The median enrolment rank of those applicants who were enrolled in the course at the census date was calculated using the first order rank.  Where the applicant was a current Queensland Year 12 student (completed Year 12 the previous year) who qualified for an Overall Position, that OP has been converted to the equivalent rank at the point of comparison using the relevant schedule.

Overall Position (OP), Field Positions (FP)

The Overall Position is a measure of overall student achievement in Years 11 and 12, expressed as a position on a rank order.  It is reported on one of 25 bands, from 1 (the highest) to 25 (the lowest).

Field Positions are a measure of student achievement in certain groups of Authority subjects. A student may receive up to five Field Positions reflecting different skills.  They are reported on one of 10 bands, from 1 (the highest) to 10 (the lowest).  OPs and FPs are calculated by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA), from which further information can be obtained.

Queensland 17-year-olds

Figures for this population are based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) censal, postcensal and intercensal figures and estimates.  Figures shown in the table "Comparative Analysis of Queensland Year 12 Applications" are the estimated figures obtained from the ABS by Admissions Centres each year that are used as the basis for calculating secondary schedules.

Region, School Region

Region classifications are based on ABS statistical divisions.  The postcode of an applicant's permanent residence, or in the case of Year 12 school region analyses the postcode of the school's physical address, is used for this purpose.  'Brisbane' covers Brisbane City and the defined Brisbane urban area, extending to Caboolture and Logan Rivers and including Ipswich City.  The 'Moreton' division is subdivided into two sections; the 'Moreton North' region covers Esk to Noosa, the 'Moreton South' region covers Gatton to Coolangatta.

The postcode range for each region is:



4000-4207; 4280; 4300-4306; 4500-4512; 4516; 4520-4521

Moreton North   

4312-4339; 4513-4515; 4517-4519; 4522-4569; 4571-4579

Moreton South   

4208-4279; 4281-4299; 4307-4311; 4340-4349; 9726

Wide Bay   

4570; 4580-4613; 4615-4679

Darling Downs   

4350-4419; 4421-4425; 4494-4496; 4498-4499; 4614

South West   

4426-4471; 4473-4477; 4479-4480; 4486-4493; 4497


4420; 4680-4706; 4709-4720; 4722-4723

Central West   

4472; 4478; 4481-4485; 4724-4736; 4829


4707-4708; 4721; 4737-4804


4805-4820; 4850-4851

Far North   

4849; 4852-4889; 4895

North West   

4821-4828; 4830-4848; 4890-4891


Highest entry qualification

The highest entry qualification is based generally on the degree of difficulty of the qualification and its normal entry prequisites.  This categorisation may not always be strictly hierarchical, for example an applicant who has an incomplete advanced diploma with a high grade point average may have a higher rank than someone with an incomplete bachelor's degree with a lower grade point average.  The final four categories of the classification are necessarily "grey" areas in terms of one being "higher" than the next.

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