Selection rank adjustments

A selection rank is the ranking used by most universities to assess a person’s admission to a course. Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments) can include your ATAR, any adjustments you are eligible for, such as equity, subject and elite performance, and other contributions based on work experience or previous study, portfolio assessments, and test results etc.


Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but not have had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry. That’s where StepUp can help.

StepUp to Curtin is a collaboration of two Alternative Access Schemes, StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus). Both schemes are for school leavers and non-school leavers, and grant an adjustment factor of five additional ATAR points making applicants eligible to be considered for admission into Curtin courses.  Eligibility is assessed against pre-determined criteria.

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into courses at Curtin University, in courses with no prerequisites or where admission criteria have been met.

All applicants who wish to be considered for StepUp must complete the StepUp application form, in addition to submitting an online application form for their chosen course via the Curtin course finder.

Special consideration

We recognise that preparation for tertiary study isn’t always smooth. If your studies have been affected by external factors beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration.

Have any questions about courses, admission criteria, bridging and enabling courses or anything else Curtin related? We can answer it.