FedUni Access and Equity Scheme

Our Access and Equity Scheme allows applicants applying directly to FedUni programs 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 Access and Equity categories, we invite you to include this information in your direct application.

We recognise four access and equity categories:


To apply for consideration under FedUni Access and Equity, 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)


  • Apply directly to FedUni through the Online Application Centre
  • Complete the FedUni Access and Equity section of the online application form
  • Add any supporting documentation to your application

Selection process

Based on the information that you provide in your FedUni Access and Equity application, FedUni selection officers will 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 this scheme 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
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.

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.
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.
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.
Under-represented schools

Attend a school which is defined by FedUni as under-represented.

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

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

Please indicate in your application if you are the first in your family to attend university.
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.

Provide supporting documentation that indicates that your are eligible.

Category 2: Difficult circumstances

Category What to provide
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.
An impact statement outlining your circumstances and how this has affected your studies and any relevant supporting documentation.

Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background

Category What to provide
Disadvantaged financial background

You and/or your family have experienced financial hardship or excessive financial obligation.

An impact statement outlining how your financial circumstances have negatively affected your studies and any relevant supporting documentation.

Category 4: Disability or medical condition

Category What to provide
Disability or medical condition

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

An impact statement about the nature and time period of your condition, outlining how it has negatively affected your studies and any relevant supporting documentation.

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.

Providing documentation

All documentary evidence must be attached at the time of application. Please ensure that all documentation provided is clear and legible.

Contact us

If you need assistance with your application, please contact us on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) or email admissions@federation.edu.au.