Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) allows applicants applying to FedUni programs through VTAC to apply for recognition that they may have experienced educational disadvantage. A number of issues might have impacted on a student during their previous study, affecting their ability to do well in assessment tasks. Our goal is to open the doors to study to those who have the ability to succeed. If you believe that your academic potential is not reflected by your achievements to date, and you are eligible to apply under one or more of the SEAS categories, we invite you to submit a SEAS application.

At Federation University Australia we recognise four categories within SEAS:

Full information about these categories is available on the VTAC website

Who can apply for SEAS?

To apply for consideration under SEAS, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or have a permanent residency visa; and
  • be applying for an undergraduate course (eg. bachelor, diploma)

How do I apply for SEAS?

You must first register with VTAC, create your VTAC user account and submit an application. From there you can access the SEAS application. VTAC registrations open on Monday August 1, 2016.

How does SEAS work?

Based on the information that you provide in your SEAS application, we add bonus points to your aggregate study score then recalculate your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). FedUni selection officers will look at your SEAS application and consider whether you have the preparation needed to be able to undertake the level of study you are applying for. Selection decisions will be based on the information you provide including an impact statement, documentation and supporting evidence. Through SEAS we give you the opportunity to give us a full picture of your achievements and ability, and the opportunity to explain the issues that have impacted on you and your studies to date.

Category 1: Personal information and location

Category What to provide Aggregate bonus
Mature age

21 years or older on January 1 of the first year of study

Information is taken from your application, no need to provide further documentation. 5 points
Gender

Female applying for engineering or information technology programs; OR male applying for nursing programs - view the list of programs

Information is taken from your application, no need to provide further documentation. 5 points
Indigenous Australian

Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or identify as a person of such heritage and accepted as such by an Indigenous community.

Information is taken from your application. You may be contacted by the Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) for further information regarding your application. We encourage you to contact the AEC for advice and assistance with your application. 10 points
Living or school postcode

Applicants must live in a rural or isolated area based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - all postcodes are eligible except those classified as 'major cities of Australia'.

Information is taken from your application, no need to provide further documentation. Up to 11 points
Under-represented schools

Attend a school which is defined by FedUni as under-represented in higher education

Information is taken from your application, no need to provide further documentation. 5 points
First in family to attend university

First in your immediate family (i.e. your parents or guardians) to attend university.

Information is taken from your application, no need to provide further documentation. 5 points
Non-English speaking background

Born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country, speak a language other than English at home, and arrived in Australia on, or after January 1, 2006.

Information is taken from your application, no need to provide further documentation. 5 points

Category 2:  Difficult circumstances

Category What to provide Aggregate bonus
Difficult circumstances

Circumstances which prevented you from reaching your educational potential, these may include but are not limited to:

  • refugee status
  • severe family disruption including dealing with alcoholism and drug abuse
  • care leaver (applicants who have spent time in residential, foster or kinship care)
  • long-term illness of a family member
  • abusive living environment: physical psychological and emotional abuse over an extended period
  • natural disasters such as drought, bushfire or flood.
1. An impact statement outlining your circumstances and how this has affected your studies;

2. A statement of support from someone with knowledge of your circumstances, such as a medical practitioner, lawyer, counsellor, teacher, religious or community leader.

Up to 10 points

Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background

Category What to provide Aggregate bonus
Centrelink recipient

You or the parent/guardian that you live with receives a Centrelink benefit

If you receive a Centrelink benefit, provide one of the following:
  • Centrelink Reference Number (CRN);
  • Customer Access Number (CAN);
  • hardcopy evidence of the benefit you receive.

If your parent/guardian receives a Centrelink benefit, you must provide a hard copy of their Centrelink statement listing your name and their relationship to you.

7 points
Your parent/guardian receives Family Tax Benefit A or B If your parent/guardian receives Family Tax Benefit A or B, you must provide a hard copy of their Centrelink statement listing your name and their relationship to you. 7 points
Not in receipt of Centrelink benefits

You and/or your family have experienced financial hardship or excessive financial obligation but do not receive Centrelink benefits

1. An impact statement outlining how your financial circumstances have negatively affected your studies;

2. A statement of support from someone with knowledge of your financial circumstances, such as a lawyer, social worker, or accountant.

Up to 5 points

Category 4: Disability or medical condition

Category What to provide Aggregate bonus
Disability or medical condition

You have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of a disability, illness or medical condition.

1. An impact statement about the nature and time period of your condition, outlining how it has negatively affected your studies;

2. A statement of support from someone with knowledge of your condition such as a health professional or educational practitioner.

Up to 10 points

Maximum overall bonus given

Across all of the SEAS categories FedUni will award a maximum bonus of 20 aggregate points per applicant.

Impact statement

An impact statement should briefly explain the reasons why your circumstances had a negative impact on your education, remember that the statement is being assessed on the quality of the information rather than quantity.

Statement of support

A statement of support is a written statement provided by a responsible person with knowledge of the circumstances which had a negative impact on your education. A responsible person is someone who satisfies each of the below:

  • 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 knowledgeably about your situation without having to be briefed by you about the circumstance(s).

Providing documentation

VTAC have specific rules for supplying documentation, please ensure that you are familiar with the rules and follow them as instructed.