Eligibility

Am I eligible?

  • 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 may qualify 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 may qualify you for guaranteed entry.

    Under-represented schools

    • You have undertaken Year 12 in 2017 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, you can apply 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, you can apply 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 2012

    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 2017 (for Semester 1, 2018 entry) or 5 June 2018 (for Semester 2, 2018 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, and
    • Apply for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

Claim your guaranteed place for 2018

If you are eligible to apply as a rural or financially disadvantaged student, and meet course prerequisites, you will have guaranteed entry to the University of Melbourne with an ATAR (or notional ATAR) in 2017 of:

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

The University also offers guarantees for Indigenous students who meet course prerequisites and apply with an ATAR (or notional ATAR) in 2017 of:

  • 50.00: Arts (Extended)
  • 55.00: Science (Extended)*
  • 70.00: Design
  • 75.00: Arts, Science
  • 83.00: Commerce
  • 85.00: Biomedicine

These ATARs are significantly lower than typical clearly-in ranks, 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!

* In addition to satisfying the course prerequisites applicants for guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Science (Extended) also require a passing score in a Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics subject.