Frequently asked questions

FAQs about Educational Access Schemes

If you have a disability and are having problems with the UAC application process, call us on 1300 275 822 (from mobiles on (02) 9752 0200 or from overseas on +61 2 9752 0200) between 8.30am and 4.30pm (Sydney time) Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email us using the enquiry form or write to the Equity Unit, UAC, Locked Bag 112, Silverwater NSW 2128, Australia. We will help you with your application.

To be eligible for EAS consideration, your educational performance during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent must have been seriously affected by long-term educational disadvantage.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for EAS.

How do I apply for EAS? I can't find the application on the UAC website.

Before you can apply for EAS, you must apply for undergraduate admission through UAC. 

Once you have submitted your undergraduate application, you can immediately access the EAS application via the ‘Apply for EAS’ button, or at any time by logging in to your undergraduate application.

What does 'long-term' educational disadvantage mean?

Long-term educational disadvantage means your educational performance has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond your control or choosing, normally for a period of at least six months (before the end of October of the year you complete Year 12).

What are the categories of long-term educational disadvantage?

There are 25 specific disadvantages that institutions will consider under EAS. The disadvantages are grouped into eight broad categories

  • disrupted schooling 
  • financial hardship
  • severe family disruption
  • excessive family responsibilities
  • English language difficulties
  • personal illness/disability
  • refugee status 
  • school environment.

When you apply, make sure you provide all information and documents specified in the categories of disadvantage tables.

Can I apply for EAS if I have a record of tertiary study?

Yes. Some institutions will consider EAS applicants with a record of tertiary study. Check with the institution before applying.

Can I apply for EAS if I am an elite athlete or performer?

Yes, but you can only claim consideration for EAS disadvantages, not those that are a result of your sporting and/or performance (eg being absent from school to train or compete).

Some institutions apply an elite athlete and performer adjustment when making offers of admission. Check with the institution.

For a medical illness, is a certificate from a GP acceptable, or does it have to be from a specialist?

Most GPs will know a person's background and circumstances but it is recommended that the medical professional who is treating you for your condition complete the required documents as they understand your illness and how it is affecting you.

What if no one at school knows my situation?

It is rare that a school has no knowledge of a student's situation. In the first instance, UAC expects that if you need to supply an educational impact statement you will have your school supply it. In the rare case that a school has no knowledge of your situation, you will need to have a responsible person write the educational impact statement.

A responsible person is a doctor, lawyer, accountant, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader who is familiar with your circumstances and who can provide information regarding your disadvantage and its effect on your ability to study. The person must not be a family member or friend.

How do institutions use EAS to make offers?

If you are eligible for consideration under EAS and your ATAR is below the required selection rank for a course, an institution can increase your selection for that course by applying an equity adjustment factor (previously referred to as bonus points) or allocate you a place reserved for eligible EAS applicants.

Your EAS equity adjustment will automatically be taken into account by all the institutions you have in your list of preferences on the closing date for change of preferences for each offer round. 

You may be eligible for an EAS equity adjustment at one or more institutions and not be offered a place. This is because you still have to compete for an offer to your preferred course/s with other applicants.

Do I find out if my selection rank will be adjusted as a result of my EAS application?

No. Neither your EAS eligibility letter nor UAC will specify the equity adjustment factor that will be applied. Some institutions provide details of their EAS equity adjustments on their websites.

How much can my selection rank increase if I'm eligible for EAS?

At the request of our participating institutions, UAC does not release specific details of selection rank adjustments. Each institution has its own policy and will apply adjustment factors in accordance with its own schemes. You can enquire with your preferred institution/s; however, not all institutions will release this information.

The University of Technology Sydney does not apply EAS equity adjustments; instead, it allocates a number of places for EAS applicants.

There are other adjustment factors that may be available to you; for example, subject adjustments, location adjustments, and elite athlete or performer adjustments.

If I’m eligible for EAS consideration, does this mean my ATAR will change?

No. Institutions adjust your selection rank for a particular preference or course; your ATAR does not change.

Can I add disadvantages after I’ve submitted my EAS application?

Yes. If you’ve submitted your EAS application but want to add more disadvantages, simply log in to your application, add the new disadvantages and upload documentation to support your claim. You will need to provide a completed document cover sheet and supporting documentation for the new claims.

The closing dates and guidelines that applied to your original application also apply to additional claims and documentation.

Adding disadvantages to an existing EAS application may result in an offer of admission in an upcoming offer round, but will not result in reconsideration of offers of admission made by institutions in previous offer rounds.

I wasn’t able to get some important documentation until after I’d submitted my EAS application. Can I submit the extra documents to UAC separately?

Yes. You can upload documents to your application at any time before the closing date for each offer round. Please note that UAC will not follow up missing or insufficient supporting documentation for any EAS applicant.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

After your application has been assessed, you’ll receive an EAS eligibility letter, which lets you know whether or not you’re eligible for EAS consideration under each institution's scheme. The letter will include details of your eligibility status for each institution, whether or not you have that institution included in your course preferences.

If you apply on or before 23 November 2018, UAC will assess your application and send you an eligibility letter by 13 December 2018 at the latest.

Neither your EAS eligibility letter nor UAC will specify the equity adjustment factor that will be applied.