2 December 2016
The QTAC offer system has changed for 2017. Here’s an update on when your child can expect to receive an offer to study at university.
About QTAC offer rounds
The main QTAC offer round is on Monday 16 January. However, some students will receive offers before or after this date.
The timing of an offer depends on a number of factors, including your child’s OP or entry rank and the specific university and program applied for.
Some programs have a flexible number of places available, while others have a restricted number or ‘quota’. If your child has applied for a program with a quota, expect to hear in one of the scheduled offer rounds, most likely on 16 January.
If the program has subject prerequisites or requires a minimum OP for entry, your child is likely to hear after OPs are released. This could be just before Christmas or it may be on 16 January.
Some programs do not have quotas or subject prerequisites. Students who have applied for these programs may have already received offers (some as early as the last day of school).
If your child’s friends have received offers but your child hasn’t, don’t panic. An offer may still be on the way.
What happens if your child doesn’t get an offer on 16 January?
Your child may still receive an offer at a later date. Not everyone who is made an offer on 16 January will enrol, so places may still be available.
If your child doesn’t receive an offer in the major offer round it’s a good idea to encourage him or her to look at alternative programs, and to change preferences if needed. You can change preferences for most programs up until 25 January – check the QTAC website for course vacancy information.
If your child doesn’t receive an offer in any of the QTAC rounds, contact us and ask about alternative entry pathways. At USC we offer a fee-free* Tertiary Preparation Pathway which is a great way to get used to university study, and can provide direct entry to most courses.
How do preferences work?
If your child doesn’t receive an offer for his or her first preference, but does receive an offer for a lower preference, it’s possible to respond with a conditional acceptance for the lower preference course. This is like reserving the offer as a back-up option, so you can still be considered for higher preferences in later rounds. Your child can also submit a change of preference at this stage.
If your child doesn't receive an offer for a higher preference in later rounds, he or she can return to the conditionally accepted offer and enrol in that program.
Does your child have to start university in 2017?
If your child receives an offer but doesn’t want to start university straight away, it is possible to defer the offer. Most universities will let students defer an offer for up to one year. At USC, we allow students to defer for up to two years. Visit our website for more information about deferring an offer.
*Tuition fees may apply for international students