Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

For a variety of reasons there are currently workforce shortages across several professions in regional and remote areas of Australia.

Global policy recommendations of the World Health Organization (2010) suggest regional shortages are best addressed through the recruitment and training of students from under-represented regions.

The Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

In order to address these workforce shortages, Deakin University offers alternative entry pathways into our courses in exercise and sport science, medical imaging and vision science/optometry through our Regional and Remote Entry Scheme.

The Scheme aims to attract more regional and rural students into courses with a recognised shortage in order to achieve the mission of addressing these identified workforce shortages and redressing workforce balance.

The Regional and Remote Entry Schemes, outlined below, have separate VTAC codes and are available to eligible applicants to receive an adjustment of up to 10 aggregate points towards their entry score for admission.

Exercise and Sport Science

Deakin Exercise and Sport Science is committed to producing world-class exercise and sport science students across regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

The Regional and Remote Entry Scheme has a separate VTAC code offering an alternative entry pathway into the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for the following courses:

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

There is currently a shortage of qualified, skilled and experienced radiographers in regional Victoria and throughout regional Australia. The School of Medicine have introduced the Regional and Remote Entry Scheme to help address this shortage.

The Entry Scheme has a separate VTAC code offering an alternative entry pathway into the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for the following course:

Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry

In 2015, approximately 82% of offers for optometry courses were made to students from schools located in major cities of Australia, contributing to the workforce shortage of optometrists in regional and remote areas of Australia. The introduction of the Regional and Remote Entry Scheme is designed to redress this imbalance.

The Entry Scheme has a separate VTAC code offering an alternative entry pathway into the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus for the following course:

Who is eligible?

The following students may apply for entry into one of the outlined courses via the Regional and Remote Entry Scheme:

  • 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.
  • Current Year 12 students from schools in the Greater City of Geelong.

Please note: only current Year 12 students may apply for this Scheme via VTAC.

This adjustment is applied to the aggregate of VTAC applicants who are currently studying Year 12 at an Australian School in a Regional or Remote area as follows:

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

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.

To check your eligibility please enter the full address of your school on the regional or remote area map.

For more information, visit the Deakin Access and Equity Programs page.

How to apply

Current Year 12 students can apply for the Scheme through VTAC using the codes below:

  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science H343 Regional and Remote Entry Scheme VTAC code: 1400310381
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science / Bachelor of Business (Sport Management) D394 Regional and Remote Entry Scheme VTAC code: 1400314681.
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging H309 Regional and Remote Entry Scheme VTAC code: 1400310481
  • Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry D302 Regional and Remote Entry Scheme VTAC code 1400310261

VTAC Personal Statement:Applicants must include the address of their school and a statement as to why they would like to study the course on their VTAC Personal Statement when applying for entry into the course.

Visit the VTAC website for more information.