VTAC Entry Access Schemes

How to apply

If you're applying through VTAC, you can complete a SEAS application as a part of your online application by completing the following steps:

  1. Register with VTAC and submit your VTAC course application.
  2. Log into MyInfo (using your VTAC ID and PIN) and click on the SEAS application link.
  3. If you are eligible for more than one SEAS category, submit information for each category separately.

See below for details of each SEAS category.

Mature-age special entry scheme

We will consider your application if you meet these criteria:

  • You are or will be 21 years of age by 31 December in the year you wish to study.
  • You are not a Year 12 applicant.
  • You have not satisfied minimum tertiary requirements.
  • You have completed a Personal Statement.
  • You have sat the appropriate Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as specified in your course description or have satisfied the requirements for the Work Recognition Program (selected courses only).
  • You have completed any other extra requirements for mature-age entry specified in your course description.

If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 1: Personal Information and Location.

Indigenous applicants

This category applies to both current Year 12 and Non-Year 12 applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous Australians). Applicants self-identify, are descended from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and are accepted as such by the Indigenous community in which they live or have lived.

Selection decisions for Indigenous Australian applicants will be made by colleges after consultation with Indigenous Student Services.

If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 1: Personal Information and Location.Bonus aggregate points: 15 points.

Rural and regional student access scheme (RRSAS)

If your postcode is classified as RA2 or higher using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification ASGC postcode classification system, you qualify for bonus aggregate points (Bendigo, Wodonga, Shepparton, Mildura would all qualify for a bonus).

Bonus aggregate points: Regional students applying to courses at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus receive 5 aggregate points. Regional students applying to courses at Bendigo, Albury Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton receive 10 aggregate points.

If you are applying for our Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry and living in RRMA zones 3 and 4, you receive 10 points added to your ATAR. If you live in RRMA zones 5 and 6 you receive 12.5 bonus points, and if you live in in RRMA zone 7 you receive 15 bonus points.

If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 1: Personal Information and Location.

Low SES

An aggregate bonus will apply (see Schedule 1) if you are applying through SEAS Category 1 (Personal Information and Location) or the equivalent EAS category (NSW) and your residential home address for the three years prior to application is on a list of low SES postcodes (please consult VTAC to check if your address is on the list).

If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 1: Personal Information and Location.

Bonus aggregate points: 5

Difficult circumstances

A sliding scale of aggregate bonuses will be given according to whether the disadvantage is severe, moderate or slight. If you are applying through VTAC use SEAS Category 2: Difficult Circumstances.

Bonus aggregate points: Sliding scale up to 10 points for severe disadvantage.

Disadvantaged financial background

A sliding scale of aggregate bonuses will be given according to whether the disadvantage is severe, moderate or slight. If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 3: Disadvantaged Financial Background.

Bonus aggregate points: Sliding scale up to 10 points for severe disadvantage.

Non-English speaking background

Non-English speaking background means a domestic student who arrived in Australia less than 10 years before the year the data was collected, and who comes from a home where a language other than English is spoken.

If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 1: Personal Information and Location.Bonus aggregate points: 5

Disability or long term medical condition

A sliding scale of aggregate increases will be given according to whether the condition is severe, moderate or slight (see Schedule 1).

If you are applying through VTAC, use SEAS Category 4: Disability or Medical Condition.

Bonus aggregate points: Sliding scale up to 10 points for severe disadvantage.

Elite Athlete Bonus Scheme

This program awards bonus points to help students classified as elite athletes. You may be eligible if you meet the prerequisites for your course and can demonstrate that your training and competition commitments have impacted your ability to secure a place at university. The scheme is only available to domestic undergraduate applicants. For more information, visit the La Trobe Sport Elite Athlete website.

Bonus aggregate points: 5 points

Care leavers

Care leavers are people who have spent time in out-of-home care, including foster care, residential care, kinship care and/or having been a ward of the state.
If you are applying through VTAC, use the dedicated question in SEAS Category 4: Difficult Circumstances to advise that you spent time in out-of-home care. You will also need to complete an impact statement and provide statement/s of support.

Bonus aggregate points: Sliding scale up to 10 points for severe disadvantage.

People from a refugee background

A refugee is someone who has had to leave or abandon his/her native country due to persecution on account of race, religion, personal associations, or political opinion and has been granted a humanitarian visa.
If you are applying through VTAC, use the dedicated question in SEAS Category 4: Difficult Circumstances to advise that your circumstances involve having been a refugee. You will also need to complete an impact statement and provide statement/s of support.

Bonus aggregate points: Sliding scale up to 10 points for severe disadvantage.

Maximum bonus

If you are eligible for multiple bonuses, the maximum aggregate bonus you can receive is 25.