RMIT’s access schemes ensure that people from the widest range of backgrounds have an opportunity to access RMIT programs.
Equity access schemes take into account educational disadvantages and circumstances that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance.
The schemes provide priority access or equity consideration for eligible applicants applying to RMIT programs. If you are applying for a certificate IV, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, or degree program, you may be eligible for additional consideration in selection or priority access if you:
- are a mature age applicant
- are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant
- are from a rural or regional area
- are a Year 12 student at a Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) school
- are of an under-represented gender in the program you are applying for (specific programs only)
- are from a non-English speaking background
- are living with a disability or long-term medical condition
- have experienced disadvantaged financial circumstances
- have experienced difficult circumstances (family or background).
You can apply for equity consideration using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) if applying for programs through VTAC, or RMIT Access if applying for programs by direct application to RMIT.
The access schemes
Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) - for VTAC applicants
RMIT Access - for direct applicants
A SEAS or RMIT Access application allows RMIT to assess and apply consideration to your application, and take into consideration circumstances that have affected your performance in your studies.
The consideration is in the form of a boost in your rank position (up to 20 aggregate points) during the selection process for programs that select on ATAR. For programs that select on a range of criteria, where your rank is based on your performance in selection tasks such as interviews and folio presentations, an equivalent level of re-ranking is applied.
The maximum possible number of bonus aggregate points you can receive when applying for SEAS or RMIT Access is 20.
Schools Network Access Program (SNAP)
The SNAP access scheme provides priority entry to RMIT programs for students from designated Victorian secondary schools.
In SNAP, students with their school’s endorsement are given additional consideration when applying for RMIT programs. Eligible students can receive a significant re-ranking if their ATAR is within 20 points of the clearly-in for higher education programs that select on ATAR.
For information about eligibility and how to apply go to Schools Network Access Program (SNAP).
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Program
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme is a priority access scheme which aims to support the increased participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in diploma and degree programs.
Under this program, consideration is given to students’ relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications.
Applicants who apply through SEAS or RMIT Access will be contacted by the Ngarara Willim Centre and invited to participate in the scheme.
For more information, go to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Program.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible, you will need to meet the general criteria for all applicants, as well as the criteria for one or more of the equity categories. You can apply for as many categories which apply to your circumstances.
You are eligible to apply for equity consideration if you are:
- applying to study an certificate IV, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, or undergraduate degree, and
- an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
- an Australian Permanent Resident, or
- an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder.
Frequently asked questions
Does receiving bonus points guarantee me entry to RMIT?
Applying for tertiary programs is a competitive process, and being allocated bonus points or additional consideration does not guarantee you entry to RMIT or to your preferred course. You still need to meet the program entry and university requirements and compete with all other applicants for a place in the program.
Do I still have to meet prerequisites or selection tasks if I am making an equity access application?
Yes. Equity consideration does not exempt you from having to complete selection tasks. You must complete all requirements, including attendance at interviews, folio presentations and completion of pre-selection kits.
All applicants are required to have completed any listed prerequisite subjects and achieved the stated study scores.