Co-curricular or service requirement

Changes to direct application admissions for 2021

Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, we have adapted our admissions process for undergraduate study at ANU in 2021.

We will now make offers based on Year 11 results on 10 August 2020, and these will be honoured for study in 2021 as long as students have completed Year 12. 

Learn more about these changes and how it may affect your application, the co-curriculars and service requirement, or program pre-requisites in our admissions FAQs

These changes do not apply to non-school leavers and/or those who did not study an Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate program. 
The information on this page is related to study in 2021.


What is the co-curricular or service requirement?

As part of your domestic direct application, you need to demonstrate your involvement in activities outside of the classroom, such as sports, volunteering, internships and exchange opportunities.

This is a compulsory requirement of your application.

We understand that COVID-19 may disrupt your ability to meet the co-curricular or service requirement. To assist with this, we have adjusted the requirements. Please view the new co-curricular or service schedule.

We also do not expect or encourage you to do any activities that contravene the social distancing or Australian Government health advice.


How it works

We consider activities you have participated in from Year 10 through to Year 12 (prior to applications closing).

Important things to note:

  • You can choose a maximum of five activities that you are most proud for your application.
  • This co-curricular or service requirement is a threshold which is either met or not met.
  • We won’t rank you against other applicants based on the activities you complete.
  • The co-curricular or service requirement won’t modify your ATAR or academic rank.
  • You must meet the co-curricular or service requirement and all other admission requirements for your preferred program.

Once you have decided on the activities you want to include, you need to provide supporting documentation as part of your application.  


Providing supporting documentation 

Documentation for each activity listed in your application must be provided. Supporting evidence can be any document that satisfies all of the following criteria: 

  • it is provided on letterhead with the contact details of an authorised person (see our declaration template

  • it identifies you (the applicant, by full name) as having participated in the co-curricular or service activity 

  • it identifies the activity (by name) you were involved in 

  • it identifies the dates you were engaged in the activity and, where applicable, confirms you have meet the relevant commitment requirements as defined in the co-curricular or service schedule. 

View examples of documentation that meet these requirements.  

There may be some activities you don’t have documentation for. In this case, download the co-curricular or service activity declaration and have the form signed by someone who managed your activity. 


What activities count?

We have mapped activities into seven key areas:

  1. Community engagement
  2. Inclusion and awareness of diversity
  3. Communication
  4. Leadership
  5. Personal responsibility
  6. Teamwork
  7. Creative and critical thinking

You only need to demonstrate three of the seven skills to meet the requirement.  

View the co-curricular or service schedule to view all the activities that count towards this requirement or use the calculator below.  

Please note, the calculator provides an indicative measure only. 

You have met the co-curricular or service requirement when you can demonstrate at least three of the seven skills. Use the calculator below to check your current status.

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