Special Entry Access Scheme

Your ability to show potential for university study may have been limited due to a range of factors. Through Deakin's Access and Equity Program, we can consider these factors when you apply for a course.

Who can apply?

To apply for consideration under one of the access and equity categories you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or have a permanent residency visa
  • be applying for an undergraduate course (that is, a bachelor's, diploma or associate degree)
  • meet the course prerequisites and Deakin's entrance requirements.

See how your SEAS application may affect your Deakin adjusted ATAR

Applications through VTAC

When do I apply?

SEAS applications through VTAC are now open and close on 10 October 2017 at 5pm. For further information visit the  VTAC website.

How does it work?

Consideration through the Deakin Access and Equity Program is given through the VTAC SEAS application. The bonus scheme works by adding a point bonus to your aggregate to bring you up to the level we think you would have achieved if your circumstances had been different. This increases your chance of getting a course offer but does not guarantee it.

Deakin has implemented a SEAS Calculator to use as a guide to possible ATAR adjustments, which may be made on the basis of your SEAS application.

Category one: Personal information

Mature age

  • Eligibility – you must be aged 21 or over on 1 January of the first year of study.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 8 aggregate points consideration.

Recognition as an Indigenous Australian

  • Eligibility – you must be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent or identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage and are accepted as such by an Indigenous community.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 15 aggregate points consideration.

Living or school location

  • Eligibility – you must have a permanent address or have attended a school that is identified by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Areas classification as rural or regional.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 10 aggregate points consideration.

Under-represented schools

  • Eligibility – you must have completed Year 12 at one of the schools identified as under-represented in higher education.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 10 aggregate points consideration.

Under-represented gender

  • Eligibility –you must be applying for a course identified as under-represented for your gender.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 5 aggregate points consideration.

Non-English speaking background

  • Eligibility – you must have been born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country, speak a language other than English at home and have arrived in Australia on or after 1 January 2008.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 5 aggregate points consideration.

Read more about category one at the VTAC website

Category four: Difficult circumstances

  • Eligibility – you have experienced circumstances that have had an effect on your education such as refugee status, death of an immediate family member or friend, severe family disruption, natural disaster, long term illness of a family member, abusive living environment, disrupted education due to relocation, divorce/separation, care leaver, discrimination, bullying, harassment or negative treatment, excessive family responsibility, homelessness.
  • Proof required – prepare and submit an impact statement and obtain and submit a statement of support from a responsible person who knows your situation and can comment on the educational impact.
  • Consideration given – up to 10 aggregate points consideration.

Read more about category four at the VTAC website

Category two: Disadvantaged financial background

Centrelink recipient

  • Eligibility – you or your parent/guardian who you live with is in receipt of Centrelink benefits.
  • Proof required – supply VTAC with your details so they can electronically confirm your details with Centrelink or supply hard-copy documents to this effect.  If the documents are not in your name you will need to provide proof of your relationship to the person in the documents.
  • Consideration given – up to 10 aggregate points consideration.

Applicant not in receipt of Centrelink

  • Eligibility – you have experienced circumstances such as individual or family poverty, excessive financial obligations or economic hardship.
  • Proof required – submit an impact statement and obtain and submit a statement of support for this impact statement from a responsible person who has knowledge to confirm your financial situation and can comment on the impact it has had on you.
  • Consideration given – up to 10 aggregate points consideration.

Read more about category two at the VTAC website

Category three: Disability or medical condition

  • Eligibility – you have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of a disability, illness or medical condition.
  • Proof required – submit an impact statement and obtain and submit a statement of support for this impact statement from your treating healthcare professional involved in the care and/or maintenance of the condition, illness or disability. The supporting statement should include details of any absences from learning and how the condition affected academic performance.
  • Consideration given – up to 10 aggregate points consideration.

Read more about category three at the VTAC website

Maximum overall consideration given

Over all of the SEAS categories Deakin will give a maximum of 15 aggregate points of consideration for each applicant.

Applying through VTAC 

Submit a VTAC course application before you apply for SEAS.

  • Read the SEAS information on the VTAC website.
  • Complete and submit the SEAS online application.
  • If relevant, ensure you have organised statements of support and proof as required.
  • Do not submit your application directly to Deakin.

Making an impact statement

Your statement is more useful to the person assessing your application if you outline the reasons why the circumstances you are claiming have had an effect on you. Contrast these two statements:

  • ‘I lived in a rural area when I studied. My postcode was 3322.’
  • ‘I lived in a rural area and this meant that I travelled by bus for a long period of time. I am also prone to motion sickness, which meant I could not use this time to study as other students did.  I would leave home each morning at 7am to catch the bus and arrive home around 5.30pm at night.  This impacted on my ability to study and I would often be up late at night completing assignments just because of this situation. I often found I was tired and this impacted on my ability to concentrate in the classroom.’

The first statement, while factual, does not outline the impact this may have had on you.  The second statement is much more informative regarding the impact experienced and would give the selection officer a better picture of your circumstances.

Documentary evidence 

VTAC have rules for supplying supporting documentation.  Please ensure you follow these rules.

Other bonus schemes outside SEAS

Regional and Remote Bonus

This bonus is applied to the aggregate of VTAC applicants who are currently studying Year 12 at an Australian School in a Regional or Remote area. The following courses use this bonus however these haven't been built into the SEAS Calculator on our website:

  • Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Waurn Ponds offering only)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) (Waurn Ponds offering only)

The bonus applied to the aggregate is as follows:

  • Remote or Very Remote - 10 aggregate bonus
  • Outer Regional - 7 aggregate bonus
  • Inner Regional - 4 aggregate bonus
  • City of Greater Geelong schools - no bonus but eligible to apply to this scheme through VTAC

To check your eligibility please enter the full address of your school on the  regional or remote area map. If your school's address is returned with a classification between RA2 and RA5 you are eligible to apply for the Regional and Remote Entry Scheme.

Elite Athlete Bonus

The following courses attract an elite athlete bonus on a sliding scale for those students defined as elite athletes. The cap on the elite athlete bonus scheme is 5 aggregate points. The following courses use this bonus however these haven't been built into the SEAS Calculator on our website:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Regional and Remote)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) (Regional and Remote)

Elite athletes are defined, in line with Deakin’s membership of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network, as athletes and coaches contracted to those sports and entities shown in the list below:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players Association
  • Australian Cricketers Association
  • Rugby Union Players Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers Association
  • National senior squad members from Coach and Athlete Career and Education (CACE)-supported sport
  • Coach Career Management Program
  • SCOPE Program.

The overall cap across all bonus schemes inclusive of SEAS, subject bonuses and any course specific bonus, will be 15 aggregate points.

Applications direct to Deakin

When do I apply?

When you apply directly to Deakin for a course you should: 

  • apply through the Course and Scholarships Applicant Portal
  • complete the access and equity part of the application process while applying for your course
  • add any supporting documents to your application at the time you apply.

Applying direct to Deakin

You must:

  • submit an online application through Deakin's Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal
  • complete the appropriate question about access and equity
  • add a personal statement and supporting documents. This statement is in addition to any other personal statement required by the course or faculty application. Your personal statement should outline how your particular circumstances have had an impact on your education. These circumstances could be any or all of the following examples:
    • Mature age – 21 or over on 1 January of the first year of study
    • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
    • Educational regional or remoteness
    • Non English speaking background
    • Disadvantaged financial background
    • Difficult circumstances
    • Disability or medical condition

Making your personal statement

Your statement should be useful to the person assessing your application. It should outline the circumstances, timeline the disadvantage and detail the impact that it had on you.

Documentary evidence

The documentary evidence is an important part of your application so make sure it meets Deakin's requirements:

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