Adjustment Factors

Adjustment factors are additional points (previously referred to as bonus points) added to your ATAR to derive your selection rank for entry into the course for which you applied.


Where these factors apply to you, you will have your ATAR adjusted by five points to a maximum of 10 points. These points are available for all undergraduate courses with the exception of the Bachelor of Nursing. Bachelor of Nursing applicants will have your ATAR adjusted by a maximum of five points, where these adjustment factors apply to you.




We recognise the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an Australian Year 12 student completing your HSC (or equivalent) and you do not satisfy the minimum requirements for direct entry into the course of your choice, five COVID-19 adjustment points will be automatically added to your ATAR as part of the application process.


You will receive five adjustment points if you:
  • Are a resident in the local region;
  • Are a resident in a remote region;
  • Completed your HSC in one of Avondale‚Äôs target schools.


If you have suffered hardship because of circumstances beyond your control, Avondale will consider this as part of the assessment of your application to study our courses. Hardship considerations include financial hardship, disrupted schooling, home and environment responsibilities, English language difficulty, personal illness/disability. Contact Student Administration Services for more information.

Elite Athletes

If you are an elite athlete, we can provide support services to help balance the demands of study with your sporting career. Contact Student Administration Services for more information.

Equivalent Offer for Admission

An offer will be given in an equivalent cognate area if:
  • You were given an offer to study at an Australian University; and
  • The offer was given on the basis of your ATAR or selection rank; and
  • You can provide evidence of the offer; and
  • The offer is not more than a year old; and
  • You satisfy Avondale's admission criteria and/or course prerequisites (if applicable).

Higher School Certificate (HSC) English Score

You may gain entry into an Avondale undergraduate degree with a HSC English score of Band 4 in the standard subject level, or higher. This does not apply for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing.

Indigenous Applicants

If you provide evidence that you are Aboriginal or from the Torres Strait Islands, you will have your ATAR (or equivalent) adjusted by five points, up to a maximum of 10 points where other adjustment factors apply.

Indigenous Student Support


Student Administration Services
P: +61 2 4980 2377
E: [email protected] (course advice)
E: [email protected] (existing applications)