Educational Access Scheme

EAS categories of disadvantage and required documents

To be eligible for EAS consideration your educational performance must have been seriously affected during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent due to circumstances beyond your control or choosing.

The specific disadvantages that institutions will consider under EAS are grouped into nine broad categories.

Select the relevant category of disadvantage to view the eligibility criteria and required documentation.

General requirements for all supporting documents

D01A: Attended three or more different secondary schools during Years 10, 11 and 12

Eligibility criteria

You attended three or more different secondary schools in Australia during Years 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent.

Note: Eligibility does not include moving from junior high school to senior high school, attendance at intensive language centres, or schools attended as part of an exchange program.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the secondary schools you attended during Years 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent and the period you attended each school.
  • Reason/s why you changed schools.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

A record of attendance from each secondary school you attended during Years 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent. The record of attendance must be issued on the school letterhead, be signed by the principal or another senior person at your school, and confirm the period you attended the school. It is not a record of absences.

D01B: Moved to Australia after the beginning of Year 11 + English is your first language

Eligibility criteria

You have English as your first language and started school in Australia during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the date you arrived in Australia.
  • Details of the school/s you attended and the period/s attended.
  • The country in which you undertook your secondary education before coming to Australia.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

  • A copy of your passport indicating date of entry to Australia or an international movement record from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • A record of attendance from each secondary school you attended during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent. The record of attendance must be issued on the school letterhead, be signed by the principal or another senior person at your school, and confirm the period you attended the school. It is not a record of absences.

D01C: Moved interstate after the beginning of Year 11

Eligibility criteria

You moved interstate during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the secondary schools you attended since the beginning of Year 10 (school, state/territory and period attended).
  • Reason/s why you moved interstate.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

A record of attendance from each school you attended during Years 10, 11 and Year 12 or equivalent. The record of attendance must be issued on the school letterhead, be signed by the principal or another senior person at your school, and confirm the period you attended the school. It is not a record of absences.

S01D: Studying any Year 12 subjects through distance education, an Access program or School of Now

Eligibility criteria

You’re studying any of your Year 12 courses through a secondary distance education centre, an Access program or School of Now as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing; for example, the Year 12 course you have chosen is not provided by the secondary school you are attending and you have to study it online via a distance education provider.

You are not eligible if you undertook distance education of your own volition for whatever reason, including elite sports or any other vocational reason, or overseas travel.

Note: You are eligible for S01D if you are undertaking HSC (or equivalent) courses via TAFE Digital. You are not eligible for S01D if you are attending face-to-face classes (ie not distance education) at a Community College, Saturday school, TAFE or other equivalent provider, even if the course is not offered by your school.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of your HSC program and how you’re studying (eg at school, by distance education, or through an Access program or School of Now).
  • The reason/s for your enrolment in HSC courses by distance education or through an Access program or School of Now.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes. The educational impact statement must confirm you are studying courses through a secondary distance education centre, an Access program or School of Now as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing. If you don’t provide an educational impact statement confirming this, you will be assessed as ineligible for this disadvantage code.

Optional supporting documentation

Your Confirmation of Entry from NESA for the HSC

or

A letter from the distance education centre, Access program or School of Now confirming your enrolment and the courses you are undertaking.

You should claim all disadvantages under the financial hardship category for which you are eligible. You cannot claim F01C if you are eligible for F01A or F01B.

F01A: Receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY

F01B: Receiving other Centrelink means-tested benefits

Eligibility criteria

You received:
  • Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent (F01A)
or

  • another Centrelink income and asset-tested entitlement such as the Disability Support Pension (F01B)
for a period of at least three months during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Note: This does not include Family Tax Benefit payments – refer to disadvantage F01D.

Applicant statement requirements

No statement required.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

If you’re currently receiving a Centrelink payment, enter your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) in the EAS application. UAC will verify your payments directly with Centrelink.

If you’re not currently receiving a Centrelink payment, but did so during Years 11 and/or 12 or equivalent, attach a copy of your most recent Centrelink income statement. The documentation must be in your name.

Your CRN is on all Centrelink income statements and Health Care Cards. Your CRN isn’t the same as your Centrelink Customer Access Number (CAN). Contact Centrelink to obtain your CRN if you’re unsure.

This number must be allocated to you and not to your partner, parent or guardian. If the CRN provided has not been allocated specifically to you, Centrelink will not release the required information to UAC and your claim will be assessed as ineligible.

F01C: Exceptional financial hardship

Eligibility criteria

You experienced exceptional financial hardship during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Note: F01C is for a small number of applicants who experience exceptional financial hardship but who are not in receipt of Centrelink benefits. This generally doesn’t include applicants whose family income is above the threshold for eligibility for a Centrelink (or other income and asset-tested) entitlement.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Why you’re not currently eligible for a Centrelink income- and asset-tested entitlement.
  • A description of the exceptional financial hardship you’ve experienced.
  • The period of the exceptional financial hardship.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Supporting documentation required

Documents to show your complete financial picture. These may include:

  • an ATO Notice of Financial Assessment for the last financial year and copies of pay slips for the last two months
  • a copy of a Health Care Card
  • a copy of a statement with details of any Centrelink income- and asset-tested entitlement you’re receiving (this may include Family Tax Benefit A)
  • any other documents to demonstrate your exceptional financial hardship.

If you’re living with your parent/s (or with a partner) and you’re being financially supported, you must also provide evidence of your parent/s or partner’s income (eg an ATO Notice of Financial Assessment for the last financial year).

If you’re being financially supported by your parent/s (whether you’re living with them or not), they must also prepare a statement which states that they’re supporting you. In the statement they must also provide details of any other dependent children, including their ages and whether or not they are tertiary students living at or away from home.


F01D: Receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A

Eligibility criteria

Your parent/s or guardian/s received Family Tax Benefit Part A during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Applicant statement requirements

No statement required.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required
  • A Centrelink income statement issued to your parent/s or guardian/s demonstrating their receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A
    or
  • A Centrelink family assistance letter that has been issued to your parent/s or guardian/s demonstrating their receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A.
Important information
The Centrelink income statement or family assistance letter must be dated within the period of your Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Your parent/s or guardian/s can view and download their Centrelink income statement by logging in to their Centrelink online account, or myGov if they have set up an account.

To obtain a Centrelink family assistance letter your parent/s or guardian/s must call or visit a Centrelink office; you will need to allow at least a week for Centrelink to issue the letter.

Note:
If your surname or residential address is different from your parent/guardian's, upload a copy of your birth certificate or other document(s) that verify your relationship.

H01A: Death of an immediate family member/close friend

Eligibility criteria

Your home environment was severely disrupted due to the death of an immediate family member or close friend during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent.

Note: If the deceased suffered a long-term illness/disability, you may also claim under disadvantage H01B if eligible.

Applicant statement requirements

  • The date of death.
  • The nature of your relationship with the deceased.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.
  • The effect on your educational performance.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes

Supporting documentation required

A copy of the death certificate or funeral notice.


H01B: Life-threatening/severe illness of an immediate family member/close friend

Eligibility criteria

Your home environment was severely disrupted due to the severe or life-threatening illness/disability of an immediate family member or close friend during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent.

Applicant statement requirements

  • The nature of your relationship to the person with the illness/disability.
  • The duration of the illness/disability and the school years involved.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Optional supporting documentation

A medical certificate/report giving full details of the length of illness and its severity. Include information about treatment, medication, hospitalisation.


H01C: Separation of parents or applicant

Eligibility criteria

Your home environment was severely disrupted due to the relationship breakdown and separation of your parents during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent

or

You (the applicant) experienced separation due to relationship breakdown.

Note: Applicants who provide evidence of the legal finalisation of a divorce during Years 11 and/or 12 or equivalent will not be given consideration where there is no evidence of disruption to the home environment.

In cases where the separation has caused ongoing criminal/legal matters, applicants are encouraged to also claim H01D. In cases of separation where ongoing abuse or assault has occurred, applicants are encouraged to also claim H04A or P01A.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the period of family upheaval, including its duration and the school years involved.
  • The date of separation.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes. It must verify the date of separation and how the separation has affected your studies.

Optional supporting documentation

Copies of any appropriate supporting documents, such as those relating to any associated legal proceedings (eg Apprehended Violence Order, Police Record of Interview, police reports, court orders, witness subpoenas).


H01D: Criminal/legal matters for offences not committed by applicant

Eligibility criteria

Your home environment was severely disrupted due to criminal/legal matters during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent.

Criminal/legal matters may include coronial inquiries, medical tribunals or police investigations.

Note: You cannot claim disadvantage for offences for which you’ve been convicted, or for investigations or legal proceedings against you which have not yet been resolved. You cannot claim for minor issues such as traffic/parking infringements.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the type of criminal/legal matters, the duration of the matters and who the matters involved
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Optional supporting documentation

A copy of documents relating to the criminal/legal matters (eg police fact sheets, bail undertakings, coronial inquiries, medical tribunals, police investigations).


H04A: Abuse of applicant, parents or sisters/brothers

Eligibility criteria

You, or your parents, or any of your siblings have experienced severe abuse during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent.

This could include extreme physical or verbal torment experienced at school or in the home environment.

Note: You cannot claim for isolated or trivial instances that may have caused you offence.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the abusive situation, including duration of the abuse and the school years involved.
  • Details of any absences from school because of the abusive situation.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Optional supporting documentation

  • Medical certificates/reports giving details of the abuse, its duration and severity, including any treatment, medication and/or hospitalisation.
  • A letter from your school providing details of any absences from school and/or disruption to your learning. The document must be on the school letterhead and must be signed by the principal or another senior person at the school.
  • A copy of any legal proceedings (eg Apprehended Violence Order, Police Record of Interview), if appropriate.
  • A medical certificate/report giving full details of the length of illness and its severity. Include information about treatment, medication, hospitalisation.


H04B: Out-of-home care status

Eligibility criteria

You are currently placed, or have previously been placed, with an out-of-home care (OOHC) provider due to government agency intervention. This includes:
  • authorised and supported kinship care arrangements
  • short-term, long-term or foster care provided by a government and/or nongovernment organisation
  • cases where adoption has taken place after an initial period of OOHC.

Applicant statement requirements

No statement required.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

At least one of the following:

  • A letter from your government or non-government organisation caseworker. The letter must:
    • be written on appropriate letterhead
    • include the name and date of birth of the applicant (young person)
    • include the date of removal
    • be signed and indicate the position of the author.
  • A current copy of placement papers from a Children’s Court.


N01D: Natural disasters

Eligibility criteria

Your education has been negatively impacted during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent due to the impact of a natural disaster. Natural disasters in Australia can include, but are not limited to, heatwaves, bushfires, droughts, floods, severe storms and tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. (healthdirect.gov.au)

COVID-19 school shutdowns, home education and absences due to illness are not covered by this disadvantage.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of the natural disaster, the duration of its impact and the school years involved.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Supporting documentation required

Evidence of any disaster relief payments or other payments from a state or federal government body related to the specific natural disaster. These can be payments to:
  • you, the applicant, or
  • your parent/s (or guardian/s). In this case, the address to which the payment has been made must match the address in your application.

If none of the above payments have been received, you must prove the educational impact of the natural disaster to the same level as applicants who received payments. This evidence can be in the form of:

  • insurance documents
  • socio-economic status reports
  • bank documents
  • government documents.


H03A: Excessive responsibility for care of children/other family members

Eligibility criteria

You’ve had excessive responsibility for care of children and/or other family members during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent. The care you have been providing has been necessary (eg due to a medical condition, serious injury/illness or circumstance in which the individual requires regular support and assistance) and you have not been paid a wage or salary for the purpose of caring.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of who you care for and why you’re required to provide care.
  • The number of hours these responsibilities take each week.
  • The period you’ve had these responsibilities and the school years involved.
  • Details of support you’ve received from friends, family, neighbours or an agency.
  • Details of the number and ages of residents in the household.
  • Details of the illness or infirmity of any household members.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Optional supporting documentation

Medical certificates/reports confirming the medical condition/disability of any family members, giving full details of the length of illness and its severity.


H03B: Required to work to support family or self

Eligibility criteria

You’ve had excessive work requirements during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent for at least one of the following reasons:

  • supporting yourself, while living independently
  • supporting your family
  • responsibility to work in the family business.

Applicant statement requirements

  • The reason/s you have to work.
  • The number of hours you work each week.
  • The type of work you do.
  • The period you’ve had these responsibilities and the school years involved.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Supporting documentation required

  • A statement of service from your employer/s on the company letterhead. The statement/s of service must include:
    • your job title
    • period of employment, including start date (and end date if no longer employed)
    • average number of hours worked per week.
  • If you work in a family business you’ll need to provide independent verification of your work requirements (eg business accountant).
Optional supporting documentation

Additional statements from a responsible person/people (eg doctor, lawyer, social worker, religious or community leader). The responsible person/people must be aware of your need to work and be able to explain how this has impacted on your educational performance.


H03C: Excessive responsibility for care of self with no family support

Eligibility criteria

You’ve had excessive responsibility for the care of yourself, while living independently, with no family or partner support, during Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of why you’re required to care for yourself.
  • The period you’ve had this responsibility and the school years involved.
  • Details of any support you receive from friends, family, neighbours or an agency.
  • Details of your accommodation.
  • Details of your income and any other means of support.
  • If relevant, details of your employment status.
  • The effect on your home environment and you personally.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Optional supporting documentation

  • Documentation substantiating:
    • your independent residential status (eg lease documents, crisis accommodation)
    • your employment status if relevant
    • all sources of income and other means of support.
  • Any Centrelink documents confirming ‘Unreasonable to live at home’ status.
  • Documents relating to criminal/legal matters (eg police fact sheets, bail undertakings, coronial inquiries/inquests, medical tribunals, police investigations).

L01A: ESL/started school in Australia in Year 11 or Year 12

For current Australian Year 12 applicants only

Eligibility criteria

All of the following:

  • you are a current Australian Year 12 applicant
  • you experience difficulty with the English language
  • you came directly to Australia from a non-English speaking country
  • you began your education in an Australian school in Year 11 and/or Year 12 or equivalent.

Applicant statement requirements

  • The country and the language in which you undertook your secondary education before coming to Australia.
  • Details of English as a Second Language (ESL) support that you receive (eg at school or outside of school, hours per week, the period you’ve been receiving this support).

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Supporting documentation required

If you attended an Intensive English Centre, an IEC record of attendance.

Optional supporting documentation

  • Copies of your school reports for any secondary education studies undertaken before coming to Australia. These documents must be translated into English. For more information about document translation, read the general requirements for all supporting documents.
  • International movement records from the Department of Home Affairs.
  • A notification confirming your date of first arrival in Australia on the letterhead of the Department of Home Affairs.

(Note: Providing an Immi Card or visa grant letter with no other documents is not enough for assessment. UAC must be able to identify your date of entry into Australia.)

L01B: ESL/started school in Australia in Years 7 to 10

For current Australian Year 12 applicants only

Eligibility criteria

All of the following:

  • You are a current Australian Year 12 applicant.
  • You experience difficulty with the English language.
  • You came directly to Australia from a non-English speaking country.
  • You began your education in an Australian school during Years 7 to 10.

Applicant statement requirements

The country and the language in which you undertook your education before coming to Australia.

Educational impact statement required?

Yes.

Supporting documentation requiredIf you attended an Intensive English Centre, an IEC record of attendance.

Optional supporting documentation

  • Copies of your school reports for any secondary studies undertaken before you arrived in Australia.

  • International movement records from the Department of Home Affairs.

  • A notification confirming your date of first arrival in Australia on the letterhead of the Department of Home Affairs

(Note: Providing an Immi Card or visa grant letter with no other documents is not enough for assessment. UAC must be able to identify your date of entry into Australia.)


L01C: ESL/entered Australia in 2019 or later

For post-school applicants only

Eligibility criteria

All of the following:

  • You are not a current Year 12 applicant.
  • You experience difficulty with the English language.
  • You came directly to Australia from a non-English speaking country in 2019 or after.
  • Before your arrival you didn’t undertake any formal education at an institution where the language of instruction was English.

Applicant statement requirements

  • The date you immigrated to Australia.
  • Details of your studies before and after you arrived in Australia (include years studied, name of studies, name of institution, country, language of instruction, studies completed or not, equivalent full-time years enrolled).

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

  • Documentary evidence of any studies undertaken before you arrived in Australia.
  • Documentary evidence of any studies undertaken in Australia.
  • If you attended an Intensive English Centre, an IEC record of attendance.
  • International movement records from the Department of Home Affairs, or a notification confirming your date of first arrival in Australia, on the letterhead of the Department of Home Affairs.
(Note: Providing an Immi Card or visa grant letter with no other documents is not enough for assessment. UAC must be able to identify your date of entry into Australia.)

If you’re a current Year 12 student who became ill just before/during your HSC exams you may be eligible to submit an illness/misadventure appeal with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) by completing an appeal form available from the school principal and/or NESA. For further details, visit the NESA website.

If you have a disability and are having problems with the UAC application process, call us on (02) 9752 0200 between 8.30am and 4.30pm (Sydney time) Monday to Friday or email us using the enquiry form. We will help you with your application.

P01A: Disability or long-term medical condition

Eligibility criteria

During Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent you experienced:

  • a severe and long-term or a severe and recurrent medical/psychiatric condition or disability

or

  • a learning, sensory, physical, psychological or other disability/disorder.

Applicants who have not sought and utilised recommended options (made by a registered health professional) for their condition, disability, illness or disorder, may not be assessed as eligible for P01A.

You’re not eligible if you’ve suffered a series of minor illnesses, have an ongoing minor medical condition stabilised by medication or if you become ill or suffer a condition that affects your examination performance only. You’re also not eligible if the only impact on you is ongoing rehabilitation or treatment of less than two hours per week.

Applicant statement requirements

  • Details of your medical condition/disability in the period you’ve had your medical condition/disability and the school years involved.
  • Details of treatment you have received for your medical condition/disability.

Educational impact statement required?

Depends on other documentation provided: see 'Supporting documentation required' below.

Supporting documentation required

Applicants with a NESA disability provisions notification:

  • the NESA disability provisions notification
  • the supporting medical documentation you submitted to NESA
  • an applicant statement (see above for the information required)

Applicants without a NESA disability provisions notification:

  • a medical impact statement
  • an educational impact statement
  • medical certificates/reports relating to the medical condition you have claimed (optional)
  • an applicant statement (see above for the information required).

Additional requirements for applicants with learning disabilities

Applicant statement requirements:

If you have not applied for disability provisions by NESA, you must explain why.

Supporting documentation required:

If you have been granted disability provisions by NESA, a copy of NESA’s disability provisions notification along with copies of any documentation submitted to NESA

or

If you have not been granted disability provisions by NESA, provide evidence of clinical assessments conducted by a qualified professional such as an educational psychologist or neuro-psychologist or learning disability specialist using recognised valid, reliable and standardised tests. These must have been undertaken within the last three years.

R01A: Refugee status

Eligibility criteria

You are, or have previously been, the holder of one of the following Australian refugee visas:

  • Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202)
  • Refugee visas (subclass 200, 201, 203 and 204)
  • Humanitarian Stay (subclass 449)
  • Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
  • Temporary Humanitarian Concern visa (subclass 786)
  • Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)
  • Protection visa (subclass 866)

Applicant statement requirements

No statement required.

Educational impact statement required?

No.

Supporting documentation required

At least one of the following documents confirming your refugee status:

  • your Australian Refugee or Humanitarian visa, showing the relevant visa subclass (eg subclass 202)
  • your United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration, showing the relevant visa subclass
  • your Red Cross document for travel to Australia, showing the relevant visa subclass.

Note: Providing an Immi Card or visa grant letter with no other documents is not enough for assessment. UAC must be able to identify your date of entry into Australia.

S01R: Australian rural, regional or remote school

Eligibility criteria

You attended an Australian rural, regional or remote school during Year 11 and/or 12. A school is classified as an Australian rural, regional or remote school if identified as inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA). Eligibility is based on this standard; not your residential address.

2023 Year 12 students

If you are completing Year 12 at a regional, rural and/or remote school, UAC will automatically generate an ‘electronic’ application for you. You will receive an email notification of this within 24 hours of submitting your undergraduate application. If you receive this notification, do not claim this disadvantage in your EAS application.

Only claim this disadvantage manually in your EAS application if you attended a regional, rural and/or remote school during Year 11 or 12 and have since transferred to a school in a metropolitan area. You will need to provide supporting documents.

Other applicants

Claim this disadvantage in your EAS application if you attended a regional, rural and/or remote school during Year 11 and/or 12. You will need to provide supporting documents.

Supporting documents

Applicants who manually claim this disadvantage need to provide:

  • an applicant statement indicating the name of your school and the period you attended the school.
  • a record of attendance from your school. The record of attendance must be issued on the school letterhead, be signed by the principal or another senior person at your school, and confirm the period you attended the school. It is not a record of absences..

AG01 and AG02: 1 to 25% of socio-economic disadvantage

After you’ve applied for undergraduate admission through UAC, we will automatically generate an electronic EAS application for you (ie you don’t have to submit an application) if the residential address you entered in your UAC undergraduate application is identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as being in the lowest 25% of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia.

If an EAS application is automatically generated for you, we will notify you by email the day after you complete your application for undergraduate admission.

To claim additional disadvantages, you still need to submit an EAS application, but you don’t need to include details about the disadvantage in your automatically-generated application.