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Special Entry Access Schemes

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Deakin is proud to offer special consideration as part of the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). It allows us to recognise the obstacles you’ve overcome while preparing for university, and can improve your chances of securing a place in your ultimate course.

What is special consideration?

Special consideration acknowledges unavoidable factors that disrupt your studies and recognises what you could have achieved if your circumstances were different. You’ve got nothing to lose by applying, and your potential ranking adjustment could be the difference between receiving an offer and missing out.

Am I eligible for special consideration?

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen,
  • hold a permanent Australian residency visa, or
  • have an eligible Temporary, Bridging or Safe Haven Enterprise visa.

You will also need to meet the individual requirements of one of the four categories of special consideration.

Special Entry Access Schemes key dates

VTAC SEAS applications are now open for 2024 entry. Applications close on 6 October.

Categories of special consideration

We understand there are many types of challenges you might face as you prepare for uni. That’s why we recognise four different categories of special consideration to give you the best chance of turning your resilience into a brighter future.

Under-represented, regional or Indigenous students

This category of special consideration supports a range of under-represented students, including mature age applicants, applicants who identify as Indigenous Australians, regional or remote applicants, students from under-represented schools or applicants from a non-English speaking background.

Financial hardship

If you’ve experienced financial hardship, you might be eligible for special consideration. This category is designed to support applicants who are from a disadvantaged financial background, including recipients of Centrelink or those who have experienced individual or family poverty.

Disability or medical condition

This category of special consideration acknowledges students who are living with a disability or medical condition. This includes any learning, physical, sensory, psychiatric, mental health medical condition, illness or disability.

Difficult life or family challenges

If your studies have been impacted by difficult life challenges, you might be eligible for special consideration. This category covers a range of circumstances, including natural disasters, COVID-19, refugee status and other severe life disruptions.

Flexible options that look beyond your ATAR

Outside of our special consideration categories, there are flexible options to fast-track your entry into your dream course. The Deakin Regional Access Scheme, Indigenous student study pathways and Regional and Remote Entry Scheme look beyond your ATAR to consider the skills, experience and achievements that make you unique and prepare you for study at university.

Under-represented disciplines

If you’re applying for an undergraduate course that’s under-represented by your gender, you may be eligible for additional consideration that improves your chances of selection.

Find out more about under-represented disciplines

How to apply for special consideration

Applying for special consideration under the Special Entry Access Schemes is simple and can add vital points to your ATAR. The process is different for each category, so please visit the relevant special consideration page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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Get help with your application

Get help with your application

Our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre can provide you with step-by-step guidance on the application process. Get in touch on 1800 693 888 to chat with one of our friendly advisers and have all your questions answered.

Special consideration calculator

Get an estimation of the ATAR adjustment you might be eligible for by using our handy special consideration calculator.

Calculate your Deakin adjusted ATAR

Subject adjustments

Your aggregate score can also be increased through subject adjustments. Depending on the course you’re applying for, completing related subjects in high school could boost your aggregate score – like if you’re applying for a Bachelor of Civil Engineering having achieved a study score of 30 in mathematical methods.

Find out more about subject adjustments in the entry requirements section (in the selection adjustments tab) on course pages.

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If you don’t quite meet the entry requirements for your preferred course, the good news is there are many more pathways to university. Learn more about entry pathways and use our pathways finder to plan a study path to your dream course.

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Applications

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How do I apply?

If you're currently in Year 12, or applying for multiple courses or campuses, you must apply through VTAC. If you're applying direct to Deakin, first register and create an account on our application portal. If you're currently overseas you can also apply via an authorised agent. For more details, head to the How to apply page.

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When do applications open?

Applications are now open. Not all courses are open at each application intake so be sure to check the relevant course page for full details. Learn more about how to apply.

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I'm having trouble creating an account on the application portal. How do I register?

If you've previously registered your details through the application portal, you won't be able to register again with the same email. If you don't remember your login details simply contact Student Central on +61 3 9244 6333 or submit an enquiry online. You can also visit the application portal assistance hub for further support.

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What should I include in my personal statement?

Think of a personal statement like a job application cover letter. It should outline your motivation towards studying, your previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression.

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Can I get help to write my personal statement?

Yes! Please have a read of How to write a personal statement. You’re also welcome to chat to one of our friendly advisers on 1800 693 888 for advice on what to include in your personal statement.

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Do I have to provide a personal statement?

It depends on the course you're applying for and its specific entry requirements. Either way, it will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at Deakin in your desired course. Check the entry requirements on the relevant course page for more information.

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How does a mature-age student apply?

If you're applying for more than one course in Trimester 1 you'll need to apply through VTAC. If you're applying for one course only, or multiple courses in Trimesters 2 and 3, you can apply direct to Deakin. Use our course finder to check entry requirements for your chosen course.

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I have submitted an application through VTAC, can I also submit an application directly to Deakin?

It depends on the course/s you're applying for, but generally, no. Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 or via live chat to discuss your options.

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Can you tell me if I'm definitely eligible before I apply?

Unfortunately not. Multiple factors are taken into consideration when an application is being assessed. This includes individual course requirements, which are subject to change, and the quality and size of the cohort of the year or trimester you're applying in.

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When will I hear back about my application?

The general turnaround time for direct applications to Deakin is two to four weeks from submission. You can check the progress of your application by logging into the application portal. If you applied through VTAC, offers are released in rounds.

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How do I find out my application status?

Once you've submitted your application successfully, you can log back into the application portal to check the progress of your application.

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When can I expect my offer?

Direct offers from Deakin are generally sent out two to four weeks post application. You can check the status of your application at anytime by logging into the application portal.

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What support is available to help me complete my application?

Get top tips and advice from our how to apply webinar series. Our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre can also provide step-by-step guidance on the application process. Call 1800 693 888 to chat with one of our friendly advisers or contact an authorised agent in your country or region.

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Can I include references in my application?

Yes, you can! References are required for our MBA but are also welcome for other course applications. If you don't have an academic record, a written reference is considered to be a strong supporting document. Keep in mind, references may enhance your application but don't guarantee entry.

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Will references help my application?

A reference is considered to be a supporting document. If it provides more context about your work or life experience, it may enhance your application but will not guarantee you entry.

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Do I have to apply via VTAC if I'm not in Year 12?

If you're applying for more than one course in Trimester 1, you'll need to apply through VTAC. If you're applying for one course only, or multiple courses in Trimesters 2 and 3, you can apply direct to Deakin. Use our course finder to check entry requirements for your chosen course.

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I didn't complete high school. Can I still apply?

Yes. If you don’t currently meet the academic entry requirements, or need to bridge the gap between previous study and university, we offer several pathway options. We encourage you to apply so our admissions team can process your application and recommend the best pathway for you.

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Do I need to provide certified transcripts with my application?

If you’re a domestic student there’s no need to provide certified documentation unless you’ve changed your name or status (i.e. residency). If you’re an international student you’ll need to provide certified documentation before you commence on campus. It’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation in English when you apply to avoid any delays.

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How long can I take to complete my degree?

You can switch between part-time and full-time study and set your own pace throughout your education at Deakin. How long it takes will vary depending on the course you're interested in. Check the course page for details.

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