Qualifying for a new ATAR – New Factsheet released

Qualifying for a new ATAR, ATAR amendments and Variable Progression Rates. There are a number of situations where a student may qualify for a new ATAR after their first ATAR is released at the completion of their year 12 studies.

This factsheet provides information to guide students, teachers and parents through the options: Re-entry students doing additional subjects, accumulating results, repeating subjects, ATAR amendments and appeals. The information also covers Variable Progression Rate students.

Download a copy of the Factsheet.

ATAR & COVID-19 Factsheet

Events in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted on the schooling and studies of many of our students. QTAC has prepared a factsheet with information about tertiary admissions and your ATAR and in this COVID-19 year. The factsheet gives links to resources to answer the many questions students, parents and teachers are asking about ATAR results, QTAC applications and how to support our students’ future study plans.

Download a copy of the Factsheet.

Early Insights into 2021 Tertiary Admissions

QTAC opened for 2021 Admissions applications on 4 August and saw the biggest ever opening fortnight.  Despite uncertainty with the impact of COVID-19 and proposed higher education reforms [see Job-Ready Graduates package] the tertiary market is strong.

At the close of the Early Bird application date, 30 September 2020, QTAC had received 38,922 applications for study, commencing Semester 3 2020 through to Semester 2 2021. This represents an increase of 20.3% compared to 2019, a 6.5% increase when adjusted for the reduced Queensland Year 12 cohort in 2019.

Some Early Bird Insights Highlights (at 30 September)

  • Interstate applicants for Queensland institutions are up 26.6%.
  • Regional Qld year 12 applications have increased from 35.4% to 38.3% of the total.
  • Early conditional offers: The introduction of QTAC’s Early Conditional Offer scheme saw over 1000 early conditional offers made to year 12’s. Students have accepted offers at higher than normal rates at 91%.
  • Semester 1 2021 is tracking strongly with a 19.8% increase over 2019 (5.9% adjusted). Semester 3 first preferences have doubled (+64%) from 2019.
  • The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) has seen an extra 3,352 current Year 12s lodge an EAS claim in their application, an increase of 55.5% over 2019. ‘Educational Disruption’ is the most common category being claimed by students.
  • Interest in Health continues to dominate choices with 38% of all preferences.
  • There is decreased interest in Creative Arts (-2.6% adjusted) and Management and Commerce ( -13.5% adjusted) – consistent with the downward trend from previous years.


From the Desk@QTAC is QTAC’s new blog

The From the Desk@QTAC  blog will deliver regular postings that offer insights, news and views about QTAC and our work. Find out more about QTAC’s core business with spotlights on data analytics, QTAC application trends, Assessment services, Technical Services, Course and Offer and of course the Queensland ATAR.

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