If you don’t get the place you want in university, don’t have a meltdown because it’s not the end of the world. There’s more than one way to skin a cat (not that you’d want to unless you were enrolling in a taxidermy course), and there are several different paths you can take to reach the same destination.
You could enrol in single subjects (bridging units) which usually have fewer eligibility requirements and can count towards a diploma or degree. Or, you could undertake a course at another institution and then transfer to your preferred course at a later date. With this option, you could also study part time, online or as a mature age student with the ultimate goal of getting into your dream university course.
And you never know, not getting into your preferred course could turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Trying other alternatives could unearth areas of study that you may find you like more than your initial preference.
So remember that your ATAR score does not define you and don’t be afraid to try new things.