How to apply for equity access

If your circumstances have impacted on your academic performance, you may be eligible to apply for equity access.

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.

RMIT participates in the four categories within the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) and RMIT Access that cover: personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition.

Check the eligibility criteria

In addition to meeting the general eligibility criteria, you must also be able to prove you meet the eligibility criteria for the category/categories under which you are applying.

Some categories require you to provide additional evidence to support your claims, which may include:

  • an impact statement describing how your circumstances have affected your education
  • a statement of support from a responsible person*
  • documentary proof such as copies of a Centrelink statement.

The following tables outline the eligibility requirements for each category. Note that the maximum equity adjustment you can receive when applying for SEAS or RMIT Access is 20 aggregate points, or up to 16 ATAR points.

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.

Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background

You can apply for this category if financial circumstances have affected your education. Examples of disadvantaged financial circumstances may include, but are not limited to: you or your guardian receiving a Centrelink benefit; excessive financial obligations; individual or family poverty.

Category 3: 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.

Category 4: Difficult circumstances

You can apply for this category if your education has been adversely affected as a result of a severe family disruption, natural disaster, changed living conditions and/or other such circumstances.

*A responsible person is:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is 21 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 or de facto relationship, and
  • does not live with you, and
  • is in a position to comment knowledgeably 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.

Apply for equity access

Applications for equity access are made either through VTAC or direct to RMIT.

VTAC applicants

If you are applying through VTAC, apply for equity access via SEAS.

To apply, you must:

  • register and submit your VTAC course application
  • log into MyInfo (using your VTAC ID and PIN) and click on the SEAS application link
  • complete the SEAS application.

Note: There are four categories in the SEAS application. You only need to fill out the sections that are relevant to your circumstances; however, you must complete at least one category for your SEAS application to be valid.

RMIT Access applicants

If you are applying for your program directly to RMIT, you will be prompted to apply for RMIT Access as part of your program application.

To apply, you must:

  • register and submit your direct application
  • indicate you wish to be considered for RMIT Access
  • complete the questions for the categories under which you would like to be considered.

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