Equity Scholarships applications


Equity Scholarships applications and offers

Applications for semester 1, 2019 will close at midnight on Friday 22 March. 

Applications for semester 2 will open on Wednesday 3 April. 

Equity Scholarships help disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study. They are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments.

To apply for Equity Scholarships, you must be enrolled at a participating institution, or applying for admission:

  • through UAC for undergraduate or postgraduate study – there are only a very limited number of equity scholarships open to international applicants, or
  • directly to an institution, or
  • through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Steps to completing your Equity Scholarships application

  1. Read the categories of educational disadvantage tables, which define eligibility for each disadvantage and the documentation you must provide to support your application.
  2. Complete all sections covering the disadvantages you are claiming.
  3. Accept the declaration.
  4. Submit your application and download your Confirmation of Application and document package.   
  5. Provide documents to UAC at least 10 days before the undergraduate offer round in which you wish to be considered.

You can only submit one scholarship application during the 2018–19 admissions period. Your application remains 'live' throughout this period and you’ll be considered for all available Equity Scholarships for which you’re eligible.

After you apply

If your circumstances change after you have submitted an ES application, do not commence a new application within the same admissions period. Log in to your application to:

  • change your ES PIN
  • change your contact details
  • view and print your Confirmation of Application and document package
  • add disadvantages
  • view and print your outcome letter.

You will need your ES application number and ES PIN to log in.

If you need to make any other type of change to your application, email equity@uac.edu.au.


When you apply, you must provide an email address so that UAC can email you about the status of your application. Some email accounts might send emails from UAC to your junk folder. Add the domain uac.edu.au to your list of safe email contacts to stop this from happening. It is your responsibility to check your emails regularly (including your junk emails) for any messages from UAC.

Adding disadvantages to your completed application
  1. Log in to your current application. Do not start a new application.
  2. Complete the sections covering the additional disadvantages you are claiming.
  3. Download your Confirmation of Application and document package again – you may need to supply additional supporting documents.
  4. Additional disadvantages and all associated supporting documentation must be received by UAC at least 10 days before a scholarship offer round to be considered in that round.
  5. If you have any queries about this process, email equity@uac.edu.au.
Your ES application number and PIN

After you’ve entered your personal details and institution information in your application, you’ll receive notification of your ES application number and four-digit PIN. You'll need these to:

  • continue a partially completed application (You can exit your application at any time and log back in later.)
  • update your information
  • change your ES PIN
  • view and download your confirmation of application
  • view your Equity Scholarships offers
  • contact UAC with any queries about your application. 

If you've lost or forgotten your ES PIN:

  1. Access the application login page.
  2. Click the ‘Forgotten your PIN?’ link under 'Manage your application'.
  3. Follow the prompts to receive an email containing a link to reset your PIN.

To change your PIN:

  1. Log back in to your Equity Scholarships application.
  2. Select the 'Home' tab.
  3. Select 'Change your PIN' and follow the prompts.

If you need help, contact UAC or email equity@uac.edu.au.

Providing documents

If you need to provide any documents to UAC in support of your ES application, they will be specified in your document package, which you’ll be prompted to download when you complete your application. If a document package is not generated when you complete your application, you don’t need to supply supporting documents.

Documents can be:

  • uploaded by logging in to your application, or
  • posted in hard copy to UAC.

Supporting documents do not need to be verified.

Documents received by post or delivery will be scanned and uploaded for assessment at UAC. Your original supporting documents will be returned to you by regular post as they are no longer required by us.

To ensure your application is assessed correctly, all documents you submit must be legible and easy to read, especially visas and stamps with dates.

Provide documents to UAC at least 10 days before the undergraduate offer round in which you wish to be considered.


To upload your documents in your application, select the ‘Upload documents’ tab.

Download and complete each form, then scan and upload as a PDF. Each PDF must be smaller than 5 MB. If the file size is bigger than 5 MB, you’ll need to reduce it to upload your document. You may be able to do this by lowering the resolution of the PDF file and any images it contains.


If your documents are not in English, you must supply a copy of:

  • the document in the original language
  • an English language translation of the document.

Your documents must be translated by:


We suggest you provide updated documents that demonstrate your current and/or predicted disadvantages for your new application as your circumstances may have changed since your previous application. Email equity@uac.edu.au if you have any queries about this process.

However, you can request that your documents from a previous admissions period (within the last five years only) be transferred to the 2018–19 admissions period. We may ask for additional information if the transferred documents are insufficient or the information is outdated for the assessment of your new application.

To have your documents transferred, download and complete the document transfer form.


From August 2018, if you post or deliver your supporting documents to UAC they will be scanned and uploaded for assessment. Your original documents will be returned to you free of charge by regular post, as they are no longer required by us.

Documents posted or delivered in a previous admissions period can be returned to you for a fee. To have your documents returned, download and complete the document retrieval form.


Institutions offer Equity Scholarships to applicants who demonstrate the greatest level of need within a competitive application process. You can only receive an Equity Scholarship from an institution:

  • from which you’ve received an offer of admissions, or 
  • at which you’re currently enrolled.

To check your offers, log in to your application and select the 'Your outcome' tab.

Being eligible doesn’t guarantee the offer of a scholarship; you will compete against other eligible applicants.

Institutions decide which scholarship rounds they will participate in and who they will make ES offers to. UAC doesn’t select applicants, or have the power to persuade institutions to make a particular offer, or question decisions made by institutions.

Successful applicants

If you’re awarded a scholarship, you’ll receive an email from UAC advising that you have been made an offer. The institution will provide more detailed information regarding when and how your payment will be made.

Your scholarship offer is made on the condition that you’re eligible to receive the scholarship on your first census date for the scholarship period. Institutions will confirm your eligibility before any payments are made to you.

If you have any enquiries about your scholarship offer, the associated terms and conditions, or the acceptance process, contact the institution that has awarded your scholarship.

Unsuccessful applicants

If you are not awarded a scholarship in the most recent offer round, the following message will be displayed in the ‘Your outcome’ tab of your application:

You have not, as yet, been made an Equity Scholarship offer. Your application will be considered in future offer rounds. To be considered for an Equity Scholarship offer you must be currently enrolled at, or have received an offer of admission to, an institution participating in the relevant scholarship offer round/s.

Your application will stay active and may be considered in future offer rounds in the 2018−19 admissions period provided the institution at which you are currently enrolled, or from which you have received an offer of admission, is participating in that offer round.

If your application is unsuccessful in the 2018−19 admissions period, you’re welcome to reapply in future admissions periods if you meet the scholarship eligibility criteria of the institution at which you are enrolled or to which you are applying. 

UAC won’t use any of your previous application material for subsequent applications. You must submit a new application (and new supporting documentation if required).

Do not submit more than one Equity Scholarships application in the same admissions period. Duplicate applications will be withdrawn.

Some institutions make scholarship offers directly to successful applicants. You may still receive a scholarship offer from an institution even if you have received an unsuccessful outcome through UAC.

Offer round dates

Supporting documentation must be received at UAC at least 10 days before an ES offer round in order to be considered in that round.

Equity Scholarships offer round

Apply and upload PDF documents by midnight / provide hardcopy documents by 4.30pm

Scholarship outcomes released

August Round 1

Wednesday 22 August 2018

Friday 31 August 2018

September Round 1

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Friday 14 September 2018

September Round 2

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Friday 28 September 2018

October Round 1

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Friday 12 October 2018

October Round 2

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Friday 26 October 2018

November Round 1

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Friday 16 November 2018

November Round 2

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Friday 30 November 2018

December Round 1

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Friday 7 December 2018

December Round 2

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Friday 21 December 2018

January Round 1

Friday 4 January 2019

Saturday 12 January 2019

January Round 2

Friday 18 January 2019

Saturday 26 January 2019

February Round 1

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Friday 8 February 2019

February Round 2

Friday 8 February 2019

Friday 15 February 2019

March Round 1

Friday 8 February 2019

Friday 8 March 2019


Equity Scholarships 2018-19
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