Biomedical Science (Medical) Rurality evidence

To be eligible for consideration applicants must have resided, according to principal home address, for at least 5 years consecutively, or 10 years cumulatively, in areas classified by the Australian Statistical Geographic Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) (2016). as Remoteness Areas (RA) 2 to 5 since birth and preferably have completed Years 11 and 12 at a school in an area classified as RA2 to RA5.

The ASGS-RA is a geographical classification tool developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Under this classification system remoteness is updated each census. The most recent classification is the one by which we will assess your rurality.

The ASGS-RA system is made up of 5 categories:

  • RA-1 Major city
  • RA-2 Inner regional
  • RA-3 Outer regional
  • RA-4 Remote
  • RA-5 Very remote.

If you have lived in an Australian rural area, ASGS-RA 2 to 5, for 5 years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively, you may be eligible for consideration in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical).

You will need to complete a VTAC or UAC application and then submit supporting documentation to provide evidence of your primary residence being RA2-5 for the duration specified above.

Acceptable supporting documents

  • Letter(s) from a GP, dentist, bank, school, university or workplace.
  • Letters must be:

    • Original letters written specifically in support of your claim
    • On letterhead with address, phone and email contact details
    • Signed
    • Dated
    • Include your rural residential address and your rural address history, and the dates that you resided at the address.

    See a sample letter of support (371KB PDF)

  • Documents to prove family’s residence accompanied with a statutory declaration from a parent (if you were under 18 at the time and the documents are in the family name).
  • Acceptable documents include:

    • Telephone invoices
    • Utility (Gas, Electricity, Water) invoices
    • Bank statements showing your (or your family’s) address

    An online printed invoice will only be acceptable if dated the year it was issued (eg: a bank statement must be dated the year you are supporting (i.e. dated 20 June 2014 if you are supporting the year 2014, it cannot be dated 2019 if you are supporting the year 2014).

    Documents can be copies and don’t need to be certified.

    Documents and statutory declarations must include the rural address history and time periods.

Unacceptable documents and claims

  • Rates notices as they do not provide evidence of primary address.  Eg. This property could be a rental property.
  • School reports as they do not clearly state your primary residential address
  • Time spent at a rural secondary residence (holiday home)
  • Intention to claim time in the future as part of the 5 or 10 years, as there is no way to establish proof that you will continue to reside in a rural setting.