Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students, whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12, receive an offer to university.

Who can apply?

To apply for EAS you must be able to demonstrate that your Year 11 and/or Year 12 studies have been negatively affected for a period of at least six months, as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing.

You must also be:

  • a UAC undergraduate applicant
  • an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (including a holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa).

Some institutions will consider EAS applicants with a record of tertiary study. International students cannot apply for EAS. 

Year 12 students

If you are a 2018 Year 12 student, disadvantages that occur after October 2018 are not eligible for EAS assessment, as they will not have an impact on your Year 12 educational performance.

Elite athletes and performers

Elite athletes and performers can apply for EAS, but cannot claim disadvantages that have arisen as a result of their sporting and/or performance commitments (eg being absent from school to train or compete).

Some institutions apply an elite athlete and performer adjustment when making offers of admission. Refer to institution information or contact the relevant institution for more information.

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

Most institutions have specific admissions pathways for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, which take into account long-term disadvantage applicants may have experienced. Check the institution information to find out whether you need to apply directly to the institution or whether you must apply for undergraduate admission through UAC and submit an EAS application.

How Educational Access Schemes work

If you are eligible for consideration under an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) and your ATAR is below the required selection rank for a course, an institution can:

  • increase your selection rank for that course (this is called an 'equity adjustment') or
  • allocate you a place reserved for EAS applicants.

So you don’t receive an ‘EAS offer’; you simply receive an offer as part of the standard undergraduate offer rounds.


After your application has been assessed, you’ll receive an EAS eligibility letter. The letter will list your eligibility for all institutions, regardless of your course preferences (as you may decide to change them later).

UAC applies a standard assessment procedure to all applicants. However, some institutions have EAS policies which may prevent you from being eligible for an EAS equity adjustment at those particular institutions; so you may be eligible for an equity adjustment at one or more institutions but not at others.

These institution policies cover:

  • previous tertiary study
  • course exclusions
  • minimum ATAR requirements
  • school exclusions
  • minimum EAS thresholds.

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.


Your application is assessed based on the documentation provided by UAC, including the educational impact statement and medical impact statement, where required. Unsupported applicant statements are not assessable.


Educational Access Schemes 2018-19
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EAS Fact Sheet: How does EAS help me get into uni?
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EAS Fact Sheet: Supporting documents
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EAS Fact Sheet: Eligibility letters
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EAS Fact Sheet: Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants
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Application dates

Jan 2019


EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for January Round 1

Apply for EAS by midnight to have your application considered in January Round 1.

Feb 2019


EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for semester 1, 2019

Apply for EAS by midnight to have your application considered for semester 1, 2019 admissions.

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