Admission and selection adjustment factors

Your ability to show potential for university study may have been limited due to a range of factors. Deakin will consider these factors when you apply for a course so you don't miss out on the degree you've always wanted.

What categories are considered?

  • Mature age
  • Gender under-represented in a course
  • Living or school location
  • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
  • Under-represented school
  • Non-English speaking background
  • Disadvantaged financial background
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Difficult circumstances
  • Subject adjustments
  • Location adjustments
  • Elite athlete and performer adjustments

Who can apply?

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

  • be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or have a permanent residency visa
  • be applying for an award course
  • meet the course prerequisites and Deakin's entrance requirements.

Find out how your SEAS application may affect your Deakin adjusted ATAR

What circumstances are considered?

Personal information and location

Mature age

  • Eligibility – you must be aged 21 or over on 1 January of the first year of study and applying for an undergraduate course.
  • 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 2010.
  • Proof required – information is taken from your application; there is no need to provide more details.
  • Consideration given – 5 aggregate points consideration.

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.

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.

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.

Subject adjustments

For applicants applying for admission on the basis of their secondary school results, Deakin allocates points to subjects completed that are relevant to the intended course of study and considered to add value.

Location adjustments

This adjustment is provided to VTAC applicants with recent secondary education who studied Year 12 at an Australian school in a regional or remote area. The following courses award this adjustment, however, these adjustments have not 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 adjustments are applied as follows:

  • Remote or very remote – 10 aggregate points
  • Outer regional – 7 aggregate points
  • Inner regional – 4 aggregate points
  • City of Greater Geelong schools – no points are awarded but applicants are 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 and performer adjustments

Deakin will give consideration to applicants who identify as an elite athlete and performer. The maximum points awarded under this scheme is 5 aggregate points.

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.

How to apply as an elite athlete or performer

Applicants are required to apply for a course either directly to Deakin or via VTAC as appropriate for that study period and complete the online Elite Athlete and Performers Adjustment Scheme form. On this form you’ll be asked to provide evidence of your participation in sport at an elite level, and a statement of support.

How is consideration given to your application for adjustment factors?

Whether you apply via VTAC or directly to Deakin, we will give consideration to the statements and information you supply to support your application for selection or adjustment factors.

If you have a recent ATAR, we or VTAC will add points 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.

If you do not have a recent ATAR, we will review all the information you supply and take your circumstances into consideration when we offer places.

Maximum overall consideration given

Over all of the Admission and Selection Adjustment factors, Deakin will give a maximum of 27 aggregate points of consideration for each applicant, which is also capped to 12 ATAR points.

Applications through VTAC

Subject adjustments and location adjustments are considered automatically and do not require a SEAS application. Consideration as an elite athlete and performer is given by Deakin and applicants must complete the Elite Athlete and Performers Adjustment Scheme form. All other factors must be submitted via the VTAC SEAS process.

When do I apply ?

SEAS applications through VTAC closes on 11 October 2019 at 5pm. For further information visit the VTAC website.

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.

Documentary evidence

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

Applications direct to Deakin

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

  • 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.
  • If applying as an elite athlete or performer, also complete the Elite Athlete and Performers Adjustment Scheme form.

Documentary evidence

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

Making an impact 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.

Compare 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 couldn't 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 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 affected 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.

Still haven't found what you are looking for?