Optometry Regional & Remote Entry Scheme
Who is eligible?
Current Year 12 students who are undertaking their final year of schooling at a regional or remote secondary school (as defined by the new ABS categories), that is not located in a major city of Australia.
Students from schools in the Greater City of Geelong will also be eligible to apply.
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 (or you are within the City of Greater Geelong) you are eligible to apply for the Regional and Remote Entry Scheme.
How to apply
Deakin Optometry will have an additional VTAC code with selection criteria for the rural entry scheme. It will create a second stream that will join those selected into Optometry via the existing VTAC code.
VTAC Personal Statement: Applicants must include the address of their school and a statement as to why they would like to study optometry on their VTAC Personal Statement when applying for entry into the course. Visit the VTAC website for more information.
In order to accommodate the varying degrees of disadvantage experienced by students in the various ABS areas it is proposed to adopt the following sliding scale of bonus points for school location:
- 0 for City of Greater Geelong
- 4 for inner regional
- 7 for outer regional
- 10 for remote.
The above proposal, in combination with current Deakin policy, would allow for up to 20 bonus points to be claimed on the basis of:
- Performance in nominated VCE subjects - up to 10
- Location of secondary school (new bonus) - up to 10
- Disadvantage other than school location - up to 10
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and as Medicare service providers, and will be able to embrace employment opportunities in Australia and New Zealand.