Access and Equity Program

Categories and criteria if you want to be considered by Deakin's Access and Equity Program

Who can apply for the Deakin Access and Equity Program?

If you are applying for an undergraduate course, check the categories and criteria for Deakin's Access and Equity program.  Categories and criteria are outlined below.

Difficult family circumstances (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 2)

Examples of difficult circumstances are:

  • Severe family disruption (divorce/separation of parents)
  • Long-term illness of a family member
  • Abusive living environment
  • Disruption of education due to constant relocation
  • Homelessness
  • Excessive family responsibility
  • Death of an immediate family member or friend
  • Natural disaster

Disability or long-term medical condition (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 4)

To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate that you have suffered educational disadvantage as a result of your disability or severe long-term illness.

Disadvantaged socio-economic background (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 3)

To be eligible you must be receiving a Centrelink benefit or have demonstrated personal or family taxable income below the Commonwealth Student Contribution repayment threshold depending on independence status.

Indigenous Australian (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 1)

To be eligible you must:

  • identify as an indigenous Australian or Torres Stair Islander or be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • be accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived.

Mature Age (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 1)

To be eligible you must be 21 years or over by 1 January of the year of intake.

Non-English speaking background (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 1)

To be eligible you must:

  • have been born overseas in a non-English speaking country
  • speak a language other than English at home

Refugee (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 2)

To be eligible you must:

  • supply a certified copy of your refugee status papers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and/or a copy of your current visa and passport photo page and initial entry stamp from arrival in Australia and
  • submit a statement describing how the circumstances leading to being a refugee have adversely affected your education.

Rural or isolated applicants (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 1)

To be eligible you  must come from a rural or isolated area as defined by the Australian Standard Classification of Geographical Remoteness.

Under-represented disciplines (equivalent VTAC SEAS Category 1)

Applicants must be applying for a course identified as an under-represented discipline.

Under-represented schools (equivalent to VTAC SEAS Category 1)

Applicants must be current year 12 students at schools identified as under-represented.

How to apply for the Deakin Access and Equity Program

Applying through VTAC

For courses offered through VTAC (undergraduate courses only) you must apply through the VTAC SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) application system.

Submit a VTAC course application before you apply for SEAS.

  • When applying for SEAS, complete the relevant questions under each category in the SEAS application.
  • Read the SEAS information on the VTAC website.
  • Complete the SEAS access and equity online application
  • Do not submit your application directly to Deakin.

Applying direct to Deakin

For courses offered directly by Deakin submit:

  • an online application through Deakin's Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal and complete the appropriate question about Access and Equity.
  • 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 you 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

For some VTAC categories and all Deakin categories you will be required to write a 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:

  • Your documentary evidence should be legible and on A4 paper.
  • Visas and stamps must be easy to read.
  • All copies must be certified.
  • Do not send originals of official documents – Deakin is unable to return them

When do I apply for the Deakin Access and Equity Program?

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

Access and Equity applications for courses applied for direct to Deakin through the Course and Scholarships Applicant Portal must be submitted at the same time as the course application.


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