Inclusive Access to Education

RMIT is taking steps to ensure we provide an inclusive and supportive environment and facilitate access to education.

RMIT recognises that students from priority cohorts identified for our Diversity and Inclusion Framework agenda bring a unique range of skills and capabilities but often face greater external pressures including less familiarity with University and the benefits tertiary study can bring. These students remain under-represented in tertiary education, constraining their access to diverse professions and careers and their capacity to contribute to the life of their communities.  

RMIT has a particular focus on improving access by Indigenous students, those from low socio-economic, regional or remote communities, or from refugee backgrounds, students with disability, women in programs in which they are under-represented, and students who have experienced other socio-educational disadvantage. 

There is a wealth of good practice already in place at RMIT to improve access and provide an equitable and inclusive experience and outcomes. 

I Belong

I Belong is RMIT's dynamic approach to inspiring and building tertiary engagement with secondary students.

For more information please contact diversity.inclusion@rmit.edu.au

Our programs

Pre-access 

  • RMIT’s Schools RMIT’s Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) commenced in 2001 as an innovative partnership with a small number of schools in the north of Melbourne.  SNAP seeks to enhance tertiary education access and participation for low-SES students from communities that continue to be  under-represented in university enrolments. We are proud that nearly 4,000 students join RMIT through the SNAP Access Scheme every year, and that they do just as well as other RMIT students. 

  • RMIT’s I Belong Equity Outreach Program drives aspiration and awareness for secondary students from selected schools in the  SNAP Access partnership and provides on-campus opportunities that build engagement with university and showcases possible study and career options.  

Access 

  • Our equity access schemes, including the SNAP Access Scheme, ensure that those with the desire and capacity to study with us can do so 

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain access to study at RMIT 

  • Our comprehensive needs-based scholarship program helps to eliminate financial barriers that may prevent students from pursuing tertiary study, with scholarship holders achieving greater retention and success than non-scholarship holders 

  • We assist women students to access programs with continued under-representation by providing an adjustment to their selection rank of up to 8 ATAR points 

Participation, retention and graduate outcomes 

  • RMIT funds library texts (e-books and print) for courses with high enrolments of low SES students 

  • Our ‘Career Success’ program provides individual coaching, case management, mentoring and financial support for priority student cohorts including equity scholarship holders, as well as low Socio-Economic Status, Indigenous, regional and remote students 

Regional, rural and remote students

RMIT recognises that students from regional, rural and remote areas bring a unique range of skills and capabilities but often face greater challenges in accessing tertiary studies.  

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.