Tertiary Access Course (TAC)

The Tertiary Access Course (TAC) is a pathway course for mature-age students or school leavers who do not have an OP Score or recognised experience (must be at least 18 years old).

There are no tuition fees (HECS fees) with TAC but there is a Student Services and Amenities Fee for each subject (for 2014, this fee will be $42.15 per subject). TAC can be completed in six months full time or 12 months part time .

TAC is available on campus at the Cairns and Townsville campuses and JCU’s Thursday Island Study Centre.

Who is TAC for?

  • People who didn’t finish high school

  • People who didn’t pass high school English

  • People who don’t think they are prepared for university study

  • People 18 years and over

  • Designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, but is also open to non-Indigenous students.

What is TAC for?

TAC can provide you with:

  • The formal prerequisites to gain entry into many undergraduate courses

  • Academic skills (literacy and numeracy) to enter and succeed in undergraduate studies

  • Experience of a variety of university subjects

  • Computing and information technology experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of academic practices and requirements, including ethical and legal considerations relating to use of information.

  • Identify, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information, claims and evidence from a range of sources.

  • Communicate information, ideas and arguments in a clear and logical way through proficiency in written and spoken English.

  • Calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information.

  • Utilise appropriate media and technologies to locate, organise and communicate information.

  • Plan, design and evaluate solutions to problems in a range of situations exercising initiative and judgment.

  • Apply knowledge of diversity and interpersonal and intercultural skills to work effectively in teams.

  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility to complete a range of activities within established parameters and, where appropriate, manage personal development and future pathways.

For further information, or to promote TAC amongst your community, download this brochure . Or contact the School of Indigenous Australian Studies who run the course.

How much does TAC cost?

TAC is HECS free and exempt from Commonwealth Supported Place fees for eligible applicants. Students are only required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee of $42.15 per subject.

To help with living and study expenses, there are scholarship opportunities for Indigenous Australians wishing to enroll in enabling courses such as TAC. Visit here for further information.

How do I enrol?

To enrol for TAC, you must pass an Internal Selection Program (ISP), which is a basic literacy and numeracy test. These tests are held throughout the year (see below for dates). To register for ISP test, complete this TAC Application Form.

Once you have completed the form, please return it to SIAS by fax or post. Full instructions, including addresses and fax numbers, are included on the form.

Thursday Island residents, please contact Frances Mills at the Thursday Island Study Centre for information about enrolling into the Tertiary Access Course.
Tel: 4069 2670
Email: frances.mills@jcu.edu.au

ISP dates – for starting the TAC course at the beginning of 2015 (Study Period 1)

Cairns campus

Townsville campus


Tuesday 27th January 2015

Tuesday 27th January 2015


Registration: 9.30am

Registration: 9.30am


Chancellery Building (A1 room 129), McGregor Road, SMITHFIELD.

Molecular Sciences Building (021 room 003), James Cook Drive, DOUGLAS.

Contact us:

Tel: (07) 4232 1046

Tel: (07) 4781 4676