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Appendix 1 - Calculation and Allocation of Ranks

Calculating a Rank

For applicants other than current year 12 school leavers1, the University will adopt the common schedules* developed by the respective Tertiary Admission Centres in order to assign a rank and to align those ranks with the relevant ATAR and OP. These include applicants who -

  1. completed year 12 studies in a previous year and have not completed at least 12 months of full-time tertiary study;
  2. have completed at least one year of full-time tertiary study2 in which case the rank will be calculated on the basis of the grade point average achieved;
  3. have other relevant education, training and experience or evidence of their ability to undertake tertiary study.
* Examples of the types of qualification or prior learning recognised in such schedules include -

- Previous Year 12
- Previous Australian tertiary study
- TAFE qualification
- Tertiary foundation or preparation course
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) - Multiple choice. STAT results are valid for 3 years
- Overseas qualifications
- Vocational experience
- Personal Competency Statements (Queensland)

In any state/territory where such schedules are not in use by the TAC, the University will utilise comparable schedules.

Allocating a Rank

Where an applicant has several selection ranks calculated using TAC schedules (eg ranks based on year 12 results, preparatory course/s, employment and/or tertiary study), the University will order these selection ranks based on highest to lowest and applicants will be considered on their first order rank3. The exception to this is when an applicant has completed the equivalent of one full-time year of degree level study in which case the University will normally use the tertiary rank as the first order selection rank.


1 For current year 12 school leaver applicants only the University will recognise qualifications achieved at Certificate III and above in addition to the OP or ATAR.
2 May be made up of a number of individual study attempts which together equate to completion of at least one year of full-time tertiary study.
3 When there are more applicants with the same first order rank than there are places available, a second order rank will be used to differentiate between applicants.

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