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 (or equivalent), 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 (or equivalent) were 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).

International students cannot apply for EAS. 

Current Year 12 applicants

If you are a current Year 12 student, disadvantages that occurred after October 2019 are not eligible for EAS assessment, as they will not have had an impact on your Year 12 educational performance.

Applicants who have undertaken tertiary studies

Eight institutions do not give EAS consideration to EAS applicants who are currently undertaking or who have previously undertaken tertiary study:

  • Australian Maritime College
  • Australian National University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • University of New England
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW Sydney
  • Western Sydney University.

For EAS purposes, tertiary study includes diploma, advanced diploma, associate diploma, degree or higher level studies undertaken either in Australia or overseas.

If you have a record of tertiary study, your EAS eligibility for these institutions will always be ‘No’.

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 and your ATAR (or equivalent) 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.

Eligibility

We will assess your application and, in mid-December, inform you of your eligibility for all institutions regardless of your course preferences. Some institutions have policies that may prevent you from being eligible for an EAS equity adjustment at those particular institutions; therefore you may be eligible for an equity adjustment at some 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.

Assessment

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.

Your application can’t be assessed until your supporting documents have been uploaded.

Downloads

Access and Scholarship Programs
pdf 310.74 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: How does EAS help me get into uni?
pdf 76.61 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Supporting documents
pdf 71.89 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Eligibility letters
pdf 90.99 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)
pdf 68.81 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants
pdf 77.71 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Educational Impact Statements
pdf 69.05 KB

Application dates

Apr 2019

26

EAS: Eligibility letters released to non-current Year 12 applicants

Eligibility letters released progressively to non-current Year 12 applicants only with finalised assessment

Nov 2019

29

EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for December Round 2

Apply for EAS by midnight to have your application considered in December Round 2.

Dec 2019

19

EAS: Eligibility letters released for December Round 2 and onwards

EAS eligibility letters released progressively to all applicants with finalised assessment for December Round 2 and onwards.

Dec 2019

27

EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for January Round 1

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

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