Special consideration for under-represented, regional or Indigenous students

Also known as VTAC SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location

We have a long history of supporting students from regional areas and under-represented groups, and this commitment continues through VTAC SEAS Category 1. We want to recognise your hard work, and set you on the path to success at university.


At Deakin, Category 1 includes special consideration for the following subcategories.

Subcategory Consideration givenEligibility
Age 8 aggregate points For mature age applicants aged 21 or over on 1 January of the first year of study (applying for an undergraduate course).
Indigenous Australian 15 aggregate points For applicants who are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, or identify as a person of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage and are accepted as such by an Indigenous community.
Regional or remote student (home or school location) 10 aggregate points For applicants with a permanent home or school address that’s identified by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Areas classification as rural or regional.
Under-represented school 10 aggregate points For applicants that have completed Year 12 at one of the schools identified as under-represented in higher education.
Non-English speaking background 5 aggregate points For applicants who were born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country, speak a language other than English at home and arrived in Australia on or after 1 January 2010.

How to apply

The information required to assess your VTAC SEAS Category 1 application is automatically collected as part of your course application. The only extra step is to create a SEAS application after lodging your course application, and select ‘Category 1’.

Your eligibility for special consideration will then be assessed with your course application.

Find out how special consideration is applied

Rural Training Stream

Deakin's School of Medicine is committed to addressing workforce needs and advancing the health and wellbeing of regional, rural and remote communities. If you're wanting to study a Doctor of Medicine and live in a rural area, our Rural Training Stream holds around 30 domestic places in the course for applicants who meet the rural residency criteria.

If you're interested in studying a Doctor of Medicine, you can find out more at our Rural Training Stream page.

Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

If you are studying year 12 in a regional or rural area, you can access unique pathways to courses that address workforce shortages in regional Australia. The following courses are part of the scheme, and if you are eligible, you can receive an ATAR adjustment of up to 10 aggregate points.

If you’re interested in studying one of these courses, you can find out more at our Regional and Remote Entry Scheme page.

Indigenous Entry Stream

The Indigenous Entry Stream provides a specialised pathway for Indigenous students to become healthcare practitioners, improving cultural safety and health equity for the communities they serve. The following courses are part of our Indigenous Entry Stream.

If you’re interested in studying one of these courses, you can find out more at our Indigenous Entry Stream page.


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

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Tertiary Access Payment

The Tertiary Access Payment is a one-off payment of up to $5000, designed to help you with the cost of moving to study. If you've just completed Year 12 and you're from a regional or remote home location, why not apply for this payment. For information and full eligibility, you can visit Services Australia's Tertiary Access Payment.



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

Indigenous Access Scheme

Indigenous Access Scheme

The Indigenous Access Scheme is a pathway into undergraduate study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. When you apply, we'll look at a range of factors to help you find the course that's right for you. Whether you have an ATAR, you’ve recently attended school or have been in the workforce for some time, Deakin can help you achieve your dreams.

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

Support is especially important for students studying far from home. 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 careers 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

If you have a question about special consideration, courses or studying at Deakin, we might have already answered it. Visit Help hub for expert answers to trending questions, and get the info you need fast.

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.