Indigenous Entry Stream – Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

The Indigenous Entry Stream for the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry (BVSMO) provides a direct-entry pathway for Indigenous Australian applicants. This stream is for non-Year 12 applicants. Current Year 12 applicants can apply directly through VTAC.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry course through the Indigenous Entry Stream, you'll need to meet the following admission criteria.

Academic requirements

You must have completed one or more of the following requirements no more than 10 years before the course commencement date:

  • a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent (including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL)
  • successful completion of at least one year of study at Certificate IV or higher with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 and above (distinction average) in any discipline.

Applicants who have not completed the above within the last 10 years

All Faculty of Health undergraduate courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) if you haven't completed senior secondary education (or equivalent) in the last 10 years (from the commencement date of the course you've applied for). The STAT isn't required if you've undertaken any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV).

Additional requirements

  • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian. You'll also need to provide confirmation of Aboriginality from your community.
  • The inherent requirements of the course are listed in the document BVSMO Inherent Requirements. Other inherent requirements include:
    • a Working with Children Check
    • a current police record check
    • an immunisation history.

These inherent requirements are expected to be completed before undertaking professional placements as part of the course.

Application process

To prepare and submit your application, please follow the below steps.

Applications close at 11.59pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

Submitting your application

To submit your application, you'll need to:

  1. Complete the Optometry Indigenous Entry Stream Application Form and return it via email to the School of Medicine Admission and Placements Team at Also include in the email your supporting documents as outlined in Section 10: Checklist of the application form.
  2. After returning the form via email, you must submit a hard copy to the address below and include your original academic transcript(s). We can't accept photocopies or unofficial printouts.
    School of Medicine
    Faculty of Health
    Deakin University
    Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
    Locked Bag 20000
    Geelong Victoria 3220 Australia
  3. Please ensure that you provide a current email address and phone number in your application.


After reviewing the applications, we may invite you to attend an interview to determine your suitability for the course.

Interviews can be face to face or by videoconference, and are conducted by a panel of representatives from the School of Medicine.

Invitations to interview will be made based on a combination of educational experience and completed application forms.

As additional evidence of suitability, the interview panel may ask some applicants to complete a number of mini interviews and/or a written reflection.

Medicine at Deakin – Indigenous education

Deakin School of Medicine's Professor Colin Bell and Candice McKenzie discuss the importance of Indigenous education in medicine, and building the cultural proficiency of non-Indigenous colleagues to be able to work and provide a culturally safe place for Indigenous patients.

Further information

For further information or any enquires please contact Ms Joleen Ryan.

+61 3 5227 8742
Email Joleen Ryan