Career advice, career counselling and support after school closes

As the class of 2021 celebrates graduation and ATAR scores become known, students tend to review their preferences and pathways. There can be confusion around scores and new opportunities these present. Options Career Information offers one-on-one, in person or online session for parents and students to ensure you have all the facts when it comes to ATAR, QTAC and your career options and pathways after high school. You can email for more information and to book a session.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and restful New Year

This is the last careers bulletin for 2021 … and another mad year at that too! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our readers, students, parents and teachers for your ongoing support. We wish the graduating Year 12 students all the best for their futures and encourage them to go courageously, confidently and enthusiastically into their new world, embracing opportunities as they arise. You have developed resilience, creative problem solving and flexibility amongst other qualities, so your future is bright.

Five podcasts to broaden your views

One way to prepare for life outside of school is to learn about life outside of school. Study, cocurricular activities and family commitments can keep your diary very full. The following podcasts are from the Good Universities Guide website. You can also find other interesting podcasts on the Good Universities website but Options Career Information recommends that you take all podcast information on face value until you undertake more research or check the information from another reliable source. The podcasts listed are:

TED Radio Hour – This is a 60-minute program that focuses on a theme and incorporates soundbites and snippets from various TED Talks on the same subject.

Stuff You Should Know – In this podcast, you can learn about almost anything. It’s an explanatory podcast series that delves into a diverse variety of subjects such as exploring Bay of Pigs, public broadcasting, disco and McCarthyism.

Dr Karl on Triplej – Australia’s foremost commentator on all things scientific, Dr Karl comes up with the answers to some of your most obscure questions.

The Barefoot Investor – Presenter, Scott Pape, has been voted Australia’s most trusted finance expert. He produces 30-minute segments dedicated to helping millions of people save money and become fiscally independent.

Trace – If you know anything about podcasts, you’ve probably heard about Seriao, the investigative journalism series that follows the murder of a high school student in Baltamore in 1999. Trace puts an Australian spin on the same genre. It is an ABC produced look at the unsolved murder of Melbourne woman Maria James 37 Years ago.

Queensland Government Youth page

The Queensland Government has developed this webpage for young people. It provides links to a range of information and services, covering topics such as:

Be informed, stay safe and well … you make this a reality, not others

Apply to get your ATAR

QTAC calculates ATAR’s and you need to apply to have your ATAR calculated. Click here to register to have your ATAR calculated, to receive your ATAR and registration is free. You will need the following information:

  • Full name (exactly as shown on your QCAA learning account)
  • Date of birth
  • LUI number
  • Personal email address (do not use your school email!)

Please Note: If you are planning to apply to tertiary study in 2022, you will also need to complete a QTAC application.

Have you got questions about your QTAC application or ATAR

If you have questions about your QTAC application? At this time of the year you are probably finalising your options for after school. It is most important that you have all the correct information before finalising your QTAC application. If you have any questions you can talk to QTAC for the answers. Click here for contact details or find them on the back cover of the 2022 Year 12 Guide. Be informed and stay positive.

How does QTAC work out if you’ll get an offer?

QTAC uses eligibility and merit to decide if you can get into a course. Eligibility is determined by prerequisites and each institution’s admissions rules. Merit is based on your ATAR or selection rank. More details about this process can be found on the QTAC Admission Criteria webpage. You can go into your QTAC Application Services account to check your eligibility for the courses you have applied for. It is always wise to check your application thoroughly to be sure you haven’t missed an import aspect.

How to survive your first year of uni

Starting uni can be a challenge, especially for those who have just left school. On the upside, your uni years will be some of the best you’ll have and they’ll probably go very quickly. Click here to read The Good Universities Guide to the best tips to help you survive your first year including:

  • Get to know your campus
  • Use your free time wisely
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Keep to a budget
  • Take advantage of freebies
  • Stay healthy
  • Make an effort to befriend your classmates
  • Join clubs and attend campus events
  • Balance your studies, social life and work commitments
  • Use apps to stay on track

How will I know if I have an offer?

QTAC will send you an email (or an SMS). In most cases, you will have four days to respond so check your emails and SMS to avoid missing an offer (don’t forget to check in you Junk and Spam folders). If you don’t respond by the due date, your offer will lapse and your application will become inactive. If this happens, contact QTAC immediately.

Wanting to know more about Deferring your QTAC offer

Deferment lets you delay starting your course strait away. Usually, you can defer for up to a year, but some institutions let you defer for longer. Others do not allow deferment. In most cases, you can defer when you respond to your QTAC offer. If you respond to your offer with the deferment option, the institution will contacts you to advise what to do next. Click here to find out about each of the university and TAFE deferment policies/rules.

When will offers be made to Year 12 students?

Students applying for courses not requiring Year 12 results will start to receive their offers from Friday 19 November 2021 (your last day at school). Offers will also be made on 23 December 2021 (after the release of ATAR results) and 13 January 2022. Don’t panic if you don’t receive an offer in the 23 December round, as course offers will be made on all offer-round dates (as published in the 2022 Year 12 Guide P23). Check the Course Offer Dates page to find out when your institution will make offers.

Have you registered your Student Portal learning account?

The QCAA Student Portal has all your learning information in one place. You can check your personal details, access your learning account, get your final Year 12 subject results and more. Click here to access your account or to register for Student Portal. To register you will need your LUI number.

Student Connect hotline

Students with questions about their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) results can contact the QCAA Student Connect hotline on 1800 804 991 or email For answers to questions about tertiary selection ranks or adjustment factors, contact QTAC on 1300 467 822.