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STAT and employment pathways

In some cases, you can use to show STAT and employment pathways to demonstrate you are ready to start tertiary study and improve your chances of getting into a course. 

There are two options:

When to use STAT and employment pathways

If you did not complete Year 12, or do not have any formal academic qualifications, STAT and employment pathways might be a good option for you.

You might not need to use these pathways if you have:

  • completed Year 12 or its equivalent
  • undertaken Senior External Examination subjects
  • studied at university, TAFE, or a registered training organisation
  • completed an approved bridging or enabling course
  • completed a professional registration
  • served in the police or defence forces.

If you are not sure if your qualifications are enough to get into the course you are interested in, contact us before applying.

Each institution has their own policy for whether they will accept STAT and employment pathways for their courses. Using STAT and employment is generally not acceptable for Year 12s. Check the table below for institution policies on the use of STAT and employment pathways. As this table might change you should also check with the relevant institution admissions office about using these pathways before you submit your QTAC application.


If you use STAT and employment pathways, you still need to meet subject prerequisites and any other entry requirements for each course. If you are not sure if you meet the prerequisites, check with the relevant institution before submitting a QTAC application.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test to demonstrate if you are capable of undertaking tertiary study, and help institutions make selection decisions. 

Usually you can use a STAT result on its own, or combine it with other qualifications, but this depends on each institution’s policies on STAT.

You might also be able to use STAT to meet some entry requirements like subject prerequisites or English language proficiency.

Employment experience

Find out more about using your employment experience on your QTAC application. Your employment does not need to relate to the course you want to study.

Institution policies – 2019/2020 admissions

Important notes about this table:


  • TBC – to be confirmed

Institution age requirement dates – 2019/2020 admissions

You must meet the institution age requirements by these dates for each semester.

Australian Catholic UniversityNot applicable1 January 20201 July 2020
Bond UniversityNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable
Christian Heritage CollegeNot applicable31 January 202030 June 2020
CQUniversity Australia1 November 201931 January 20201 July 2020
Griffith College25 October 20191 March 20201 June 2020
Griffith University1 October 20191 February 20201 June 2020
James Cook UniversityNot applicable1 February 20201 July 2020
Queensland University of TechnologyNot applicable1 February 20201 July 2020
SAE Creative Media Institute21 September 20198 February 20201 June 2020
Southern Cross University1 March 20191 March 20201 March 2020
TAFE QueenslandNot applicable1 January 20201 July 2020
The University of QueenslandNot applicable1 February 20201 July 2020
University of New England1 November 20191 February 202030 June 2020
University of Southern QueenslandNot applicableNot applicableNot applicable
University of the Sunshine Coast1 November 201931 December 201930 June 2020
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