Follow these steps to apply for equity access via the RMIT Access scheme.
1. Check that you are eligible to apply for equity access. You can apply for RMIT Access if you:
- are applying to study for an undergraduate degree, associate degree or vocational education program (certificate IV and above only) at RMIT University, and
- are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
- are an Australian Permanent Resident, or
- are an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder.
In addition, you must be able to prove you meet the eligibility criteria shown below for the category in which you are applying.
3. If you are applying direct to RMIT and you apply for an eligible program, you will be prompted to apply for the RMIT Access equity scheme as you complete your application. If eligible, you may choose from one or more of the categories listed below.
4. Provide any required supporting documentation as listed below. You can upload files or include a URL. You must add this documentation before you can submit your application.
RMIT Access categories and eligibility criteria
Category 1: Personal information and location
You will be assessed for consideration on your age, school, living location, gender, Indigenous status and/or non-English speaking background based on the information you have provided in your application.
|Age||Higher education applicants must be:
|Indigenous Australian||You must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and accepted as such by your community.
Applicants will be contacted by the Ngarara Willim Centre.
|Rural or isolated areas||The postcode you provide for your home or school must be on the list of acceptable postcodes for rural or isolated areas.|
|Gender (under-represented programs)||You must be applying for a program in which RMIT has specified that your gender is under-represented.|
Non-English speaking background
|You must have arrived in Australia:
Category 2: Difficult circumstances
You can apply for this category if your education has been adversely affected as a result of a severe family disruption, natural disasters, changed living conditions and/or other such circumstances.
|Serious personal or financial difficulties||Impact statement
You must submit an impact statement describing your circumstances and how they have adversely affected your education. You will need to indicate if these circumstances are short term (2015-16) or long term (prior to 2014).
Statement of support
You must also provide a statement of support written by a responsible person* who has knowledge of your circumstances and can comment on the impact to your education.
Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background
You can apply for this category if financial circumstances have affected your education.
|Serious personal or financial difficulties||Centrelink benefit
If you are receiving Centrelink benefits you must submit a certified copy of your income statement from Centrelink, which must not be more than three months old. Please do not provide bank statements showing Centrelink deposits or screen shots of statements. Neither of these items can be accepted as evidence.
If you are not receiving Centrelink benefits you must provide an impact statement describing how your financial background has adversely affectedyour education. You will need to indicate if these circumstances are short term (2015-16) or long term (prior to 2014).
Statement of support
If you are not receiving Centrelink benefits you must provide a statement of support written by a responsible person* who has knowledge of your financial situation and circumstances and can comment on the impact.
Category 4: Disability or medical condition
You can apply for this category if you are living with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental-health condition.
|Illness, disability or suffering from a medical condition||Along with your application you must complete and submit the medical practioner or healthcare professional form.
You must submit an impact statement describing your disability/medical condition and how this has adversely affected your education. You will need to indicate if these circumstances are short term (2015-16) or long term (prior to 2014).
Statement of support
You must also provide a statement of support written by the relevant health care professional involved in the maintenance of the condition, illness or disability. The health care professional should include details about absences from learning, if applicable, and how the condition adversely affected academic performance.
* Responsible person
A responsible person is:
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older, and
- has known you for at least 12 months, or for the entire duration of the circumstance(s), whichever is shorter, and
- is not related to you by birth, marriage, de facto or same sex relationship, and
- does not live with you or reside at your residence, and
- is in a position to comment knowledgably about your situation without having to be briefed by you about the circumstance(s). Important: in cases of medical circumstances, this is generally only applicable to the treating medical professional.
- For help completing your RMIT Access application visit or call +61 3 9925 2260.
- For queries after you have submitted your application email RMIT Admissions.