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About QTAC

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) operates a centralised tertiary application service for:

  • publicly-funded Queensland universities
  • Bond University Medicine
  • TAFE Queensland
  • Australian Maritime College
  • some courses at publicly-funded universities in Northern New South Wales
  • some private tertiary education providers.

Our institutions have complete control in determining their own entry requirements. 

We assess applications using these entry requirements and then make offers to successful applicants during our offer rounds.

As well as managing applications for the above institutions, we publish course information for some institutions that accept their own applications directly.

A brief history of QTAC

We often get asked, 'What is QTAC?' and 'What does QTAC actually do?' This brief history will hopefully help you understand what we do and where we fit in.

In summary our mission statement is 'Facilitating tertiary entry in Queensland' which basically means we'll do our best to provide information and resources to help you get into the course you really want - and we have been doing that for 40 years!

In 1975 there was a lot going on in Queensland - we had a state government headed by Joh Bjelke-Petersen, the first formal State of Origin match was still five years away, the song 'Fox on the Run' was vying with 'Mamma Mia' for the number one spot on the top 40 charts, and movie goers were only just starting to hear about a new science fiction epic set in a galaxy far, far away. It was in this year that the University of Queensland (UQ) and Griffith University (GU) had an idea to create one admissions centre where people could get information about their courses and apply. It was from this idea that the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre was born. UQ and GU were soon joined by James Cook University and ten colleges of advanced education and some 18,600 applicants were considered for about 200 courses.

Initially located in an old house in St Lucia (pictured below), throughout the 70s we continued to expand our resources until inevitably in the early 80s, we joined the digital age. In the late 1980s we moved to larger premises in Park Road Milton, where we stayed (occupying various floors) until our move to South Brisbane in 2014. In the beginning, all applications were submitted on paper until the late 90s when an automated 'Apply by Phone' was introduced for Year 12 applicants. The first on-line application 'Apply by Web' was launched in 1997.

Over the last 40 years we have processed applications for a range of different institutions and we have provided various services including a tertiary advice and counselling service, workshops and seminars. We have produced a number of publications including the QTAC Guide (the 40th edition has just been released), the Tertiary Prerequisites booklet for Year 10 students and the Pathways to Tertiary Studies publication that became part of the Guide in 2008.

In 2015 we have 16 institutions that come through us for their applications and we showcase the courses of another 13 private institutions that process their own applications. Annually we have approximately 60,000 applicants being considered for about 1600 courses. We look forward to a future with expanding opportunities for applicants and utilising new technologies.



QTAC's first premises in St Lucia - 1975 to late 1980


Page last updated: 16 Sep 2016