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Overall Positions (OPs)


Overall Positions (OPs) for students completing Year 12 in 2018 and 2019.

An OP is a student’s position in a state-wide rank order based on their overall achievement in Authority subjects. It indicates how well a student has done in comparison to all other OP -eligible students in Queensland and is used for tertiary entrance purposes only. Students are placed in one of 25 OP bands from OP 1 (highest) to OP 25 (lowest).

ATARs and tertiary entrance


New tertiary entrance rank for students completing Year 12 in 2020 onwards

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) from 2020.

What is the difference between the ATAR and OP?

  • The ATAR is a finer grained rank order of students than the OP.
  • It’s a number between 0.00 and 99.95 with 2000 increments of 0.05, whereas the OP consists of 25 bands.
  • The ATAR is commonly used in other states and territories.


To find out about tertiary courses offered by TAFE, private colleges and universities, see the Good Universities Guide website.


Please select from the following state admission centres to browse tertiary courses:

  • Accommodation

    If you need to move away from home to undertake your studies, there are a range of accommodation types.

  • Applying to universities

    How and where to apply for university courses through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) and information about the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT).

  • Australian Defence Force

    Receive university sponsorship by joining the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) develops future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force.

  • Financial assistance

    The government and universities provide financial assistance to eligible tertiary students.

  • Universities and colleges

    Tertiary institutions listed in Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).