Special consideration for a disability or medical condition

Also known as VTAC SEAS Category 3: Disability or medical condition

If a disability or medical condition has impacted your ability to study, access education facilities or resources, attend school or perform in assessment tasks, you should apply for special consideration.


Category 3 at Deakin includes special consideration for those living or studying with a disability or medical condition. This includes any learning, physical, sensory, psychiatric or mental health medical condition, illness or disability.

Category Consideration givenEligibility
Disability or medical condition Up to 10 aggregate points For applicants who have experienced disadvantage as a result of disability, illness or medical condition.

How to apply

To apply for VTAC SEAS Category 3, submit a SEAS application form via VTAC after lodging your course application. As part of your special consideration application, you’ll be asked to provide evidence of your disability or medical condition. This will include:

  • a short description of the medical condition or disability, including the nature and duration of the condition
  • an impact statement detailing how the medical condition or disability has impacted your studies
  • a supporting statement from a responsible health practitioner who understands your condition and can comment on the impact it’s had on your life and studies.

Learn more about writing a strong impact statement

Find out how special consideration is applied


While applying for special consideration, you should also check for scholarships you might be eligible for.

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We’re here for your health and wellbeing

There’s nothing more important than your health. From the moment you enrol, you’ll have access to a huge range of health and wellbeing services that cater for every aspect of your health. From registered psychologists and doctors, to physios and health coaches, you can expect all the services you’d find at a doctor’s surgery and more.

On top of that, Deakin's Disability Resource Centre (DRC) provides services and support for students whose university life is impacted by a disability or medical condition. In partnership with a Disability Liaison Officer, the DRC can identify additional support opportunities that allow Deakin to better meet your study needs.

What you can look forward to at Deakin

When you study at Deakin, you’ll be joining the most satisfied university students in Victoria.* You’ll feel supported every step of the way, inside and outside the classroom, and our practical approach to learning prepares you to make a confident transition into your future career.

A world of support

At Deakin, you’ll be part of an incredibly supportive community, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you feel comfortable, energised and ready to achieve your best. Access a huge range of support services including:

  • study mentors
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
  • Language and Learning Advisers
  • mental and physical health services
  • financial support
  • disability support
  • legal advice
  • after hours IT support.

Plus, there are so many different ways to get in touch, from face-to-face appointments and phone calls, to Skype, email, online chat and more.

Vibrant student life

Studying at university is about more than just exploring your passion. It’s an exciting time in your life when you can make life-long connections, try new things and experience everything campus life has to offer. Visit our student life hub to get a taste for what’s ahead, including the best places to eat and drink, the campus services available to you, and our huge range of clubs and societies.

You might even like to live on campus, which is a great way to immerse yourself in the Deakin experience and make new friends. Plus, students who live on campus are more likely to achieve higher grades than their peers.

Deakin's award-winning career service

DeakinTALENT are experts at connecting you to your future career, whether that be working for a company that inspires you, or forging your own path through self employment.

Best of all, Deakin graduates have access to DeakinTALENT for life. As jobs evolve and your passions change, you’ll always have the support of DeakinTALENT behind you.

Frequently asked questions

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Contact us

If you’d like some guidance through 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.