Help for difficult circumstances

04 Jul 2018

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) help students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage gain admission to tertiary study. There are eight broad categories of disadvantage that institutions will consider:

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

If an institution decides to take into account your educational disadvantage, it will either give you an EAS equity adjustment or allocate you one of the places it has set aside for EAS applicants.

If you’re allocated an EAS equity adjustment, you can get into a course even though your ATAR is below the lowest selection rank for that course.

Copies of the EAS booklet will be delivered to schools at the end of July/early August and a digital copy will be available for download.


Applications open online: 1 August 2018 
Applications close: 8 February 2019 (We recommend applying by 23 November 2018.)