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Access and Equity Program

Your ability to show potential for university study may have been limited due to a range of factors. We can consider these factors when you apply for a course.

Who can apply for the Deakin Access and Equity Program?

To apply for Access and Equity consideration you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and
  • be applying for an undergraduate course (that is, a bachelor, diploma or associate degree).

SEAS Calculator

See how your SEAS application may affect your Deakin adjusted ATAR.

Application through VTAC

When do I apply?

The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) applications will be open through VTAC from 4 August 2014 to Tuesday 7 October 2014 (5pm). For further information visit the VTAC website.

How does it work ?

The Deakin SEAS 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 which you can use as a guide to possible ATAR adjustments which may be made on the basis of your SEAS application.

Category 1: Personal Information and location

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, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 4 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 be accepted as such by an indigenous community.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 6 aggregate points consideration.

Living or school postcode

  • Eligibility – you must have a permanent address 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, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 4 aggregate points consideration.

Under-represented school

Gender

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 2005.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 4 aggregate points consideration.

Category 2: Difficult circumstances

Refugee

  • Eligibility – you are a refugee.
  • Proof required – you must supply a certified copy of your refugee status papers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (eg documents authorising travel, outcome of protection claim etc and/or a copy of your current visa and passport photo page and initial entry stamp for arrival in Australia). In addition you must prepare and submit and impact statement and obtain a statement of support from a responsible person who knows your situation and can comment on their educational impact.
  • Consideration given – up to 5 aggregate points consideration.

All other difficult circumstances

  • Eligibility – you have experienced circumstances such as severe family disruption, long term illness of a family member, abusive environment, disrupted education due to relocation, divorce/separation, homelessness, death of an immediate family member or friend, natural disaster.
  • 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 their educational impact.
  • Consideration given – up to 5 aggregate points consideration.

Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background

Centrelink recipient

  • Eligibility – you or your parent/guardian that 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 hardcopy 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 – 7.5 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 have knowledge to confirm your financial situation and can comment on the impact it has had on you.
  • Consideration given – up to 7.5 aggregate points consideration.

Category 4: 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 health care 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 7.5 aggregate points consideration.

Maximum overall consideration given

Over all of the SEAS categories Deakin will give a maximum of 15 aggregate points of consideration for each applicant. Applicants are eligible for a bonus of up to 20 aggregate points from all SEAS categories and any subject bonuses, with a maximum ATAR increase of ten.

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 so 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.

Application direct to Deakin

When do I apply?

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

Category 1:  Personal Information and location

Mature age

  • Eligibility – you must be aged 21 of over on 1 January of the first year of study.
  • Proof required  – information is taken from your application, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

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 be accepted as such by an indigenous community.
  • Proof required  – information is taken from your application, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Living or school postcode

  • Eligibility – you must have a permanent address 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, no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Under-represented school

Gender

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 2005.
  • Proof required – provide supporting documentation that indicates you are eligible.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Category 2:  Difficult circumstances

Refugee

  •  Eligibility – you are a refugee.
  • Proof required – you must supply a certified copy of your refugee status papers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (eg documents authorising travel, outcome of protection claim etc and/or a copy of your current visa and passport photo page and initial entry stamp for arrival in Australia). 
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

All other difficult circumstances

  • Eligibility – you have experienced circumstances such as severe family disruption, long term illness of a family member, abusive environment, disrupted education due to relocation, divorce/separation, homelessness, death of an immediate family member or friend, natural disaster.
  • Proof required – prepare and submit a personal statement and supply any documentation to support your information.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background

  • Eligibility – you have experienced circumstances such as individual or family poverty, excessive financial obligations or economic hardship.
  • Proof required – submit a personal statement and supply any documentation to support your information.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis.

Category 4:  Disability or medical condition

  • Eligibility – you have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of a disability, illness or medical condition.
  • Proof required – submit a personal statement and supply any documentation to support your information.
  • Consideration given – applicants are considered on an individual basis

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. This statement is in addition to any other personal statement required by the course or faculty application.  Your personal statement should outline which access and equity category under which are applying under and how your particular circumstances have had an impact on your education. You can apply under more than one category.

Making your personal 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 timing. I often found I was tired and this impacted on my ability to concentrate in the classroom."

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

You may wish to provide documentary evidence to back up this statement.

Documentary evidence

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

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