Changes to Educational Access Schemes for 2020 admissions

08 Mar 2019

New disadvantage category - OOHC

There is a new disadvantage status for EAS. If they are living (or have previously lived) in out-of-home care and are applying for university through UAC, students can have these circumstances considered in support of their application. Download the fact sheet for more information.

Changes to schools lists

UAC will be using the Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) (developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics) to help low-SES students get into uni in 2020.

For many years, UAC and universities have worked together to improve access to higher education for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Until now, this has been limited to:

  • current Year 12 students
  • students attending schools in NSW and the ACT with a significant proportion of students from a low socio-economic background (the S01E schools list).

While this approach has helped many low-SES students get into uni, it hasn’t catered for the many low-SES students attending the 70 per cent of schools not included on the SO1E list, nor has it helped low-SES applicants who are not current Year 12 students or who are applying from interstate.

UAC will use the SEIFA index, in lieu of the S01E schools list, to award equity adjustment factors to all undergraduate applicants from a low-SES background, including:

  • low-SES 2019 Year 12 students, regardless of the school they attend
  • low-SES non-Year 12 applicants
  • low-SES applicants from interstate.

It is expected that this initiative will significantly increase the number and percentage of low-SES applicants who are eligible for equity adjustments, which could make the difference to getting into uni.

For further information, contact UAC or email the Equity Unit.