Am I eligible?

If you're a domestic student whose circumstances in secondary school have prevented you from achieving the best possible ATAR, Access Melbourne can help. You could win a scholarship, or be guaranteed a place at Melbourne if you’re from a rural or isolated area or have a disadvantaged financial background.

Each year at least 20 per cent of domestic undergraduate places at the University are reserved for Access Melbourne applicants: in 2016, 28% of Round 1 VTAC offers were to Access Melbourne applicants. So it's worth reading through the criteria for each Access Melbourne category, to see what you might be eligible for.

  • Access Melbourne categories

    Take a look at each of the following categories. It's worth applying to VTAC under any category that may describe your situation - you don't have to pick just one. For example, you may be studying at an under-represented school and also be living in a remote or rural area.

    Disadvantaged financial background

    • You are in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or
    • Your parents are in receipt of Family Tax Benefit A, or
    • You are able to demonstrate how your disadvantaged financial background
    • has affected you

    This category qualifies you for guaranteed entry!

    Applicants from rural or isolated areas

    • Your residential address is in a Statistical Area Level 1 that’s not defined as a major city by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS); and
    • If you are a Year 12 student, you must also have completed the final two years of schooling at a rural or regional secondary school

    Read more about applying as a rural student, and check your residential address

    This category qualifies you for guaranteed entry!

    Under-represented schools

    • You have undertaken Year 12 in 2016 at a Victorian school defined by the University of Melbourne as under-represented in the tertiary sector and at the University of Melbourne.

    See a list of under-represented schools

    Difficult circumstances

    • You have been prevented from reaching your full educational potential because of family or other life circumstances, and
    • The circumstances are long term

    If the circumstances are not long term, consider applying for Year 11/12 Special Consideration.

    Disability or medical condition

    • You have a disability, impairment or long-term medical condition that has affected your studies, and
    • The circumstances are long term

    If the circumstances are not long term, consider applying for Year 11/12 Special Consideration.

    Non-English speaking background

    • You were born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country, and
    • You arrived in Australia after 1 January 2011

    Recognition as an Indigenous Australian

    • You are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
    • You identify as a person of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage and are accepted as such by the community in which you have been or are associated

    Read more about applying as an Indigenous Australian

    Mature age consideration (Non-school leaver entry pathway)

    • You are 23 or older on 29 September 2016 (for Semester 1, 2017 entry) or early June 2017 (for Semester 2, 2017 entry)
    • You have no qualifications from the past seven years that could be used as a basis for your application

    Read more about applying under this pathway

  • Are you eligible?

    In addition to being eligible for at least one of the Access Melbourne categories you must also satisfy these four criteria:

    • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, and
    • Have not been awarded results in a degree course at a tertiary institution (this does not apply to applicants for the mature age consideration category and does not include single subjects, bridging schemes or higher education studies undertaken as part of Year 12), and
    • Have demonstrated the capacity to successfully undertake the course of your choice (for example, by completing Year 12 with all the necessary prerequisites for your course), and
    • Apply for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
  • Claim your guaranteed place for 2017

    If you are eligible to apply as a rural or financially disadvantaged student, and meet course prerequisites, you can apply for guaranteed entry to the University of Melbourne with an ATAR of:

    • 78.00: Design, Science
    • 80.00: Arts
    • 88.00: Commerce
    • 95.00: Biomedicine

    These scores are significantly lower than typical clearly-in ATAR scores, so it's certainly worth getting your application in. It can be quite a relief to know on results day, that you'll definitely be studying at Melbourne!