Applying for SEAS
Before you apply
Before submitting a SEAS application, you should read the eligibility requirements for each category you are considering.
In addition to the general eligibility requirements, there may be specific institutional requirements for each category.
You cannot apply for consideration of circumstances over which you have control, for example, if you are absent from school for significant periods because of commitments as an athlete or performer.
To be eligible to apply for SEAS, you must:
- have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, OR
- hold a permanent Australian residency visa.
International students are not eligible to apply for SEAS through VTAC and are encouraged to contact institutions directly. International students are VTAC applicants who currently hold or plan to obtain a temporary residency or student visa.
When do I apply?
SEAS applications open at 9am on Monday 3 August 2015 and close at 5pm on Tuesday 6 October 2015.
Check out the eligibility criteria to see if you should apply for specific categories.
Don't miss the deadline for submitting documentary evidence. Remember that the deadline is when it needs to arrive at VTAC, so take postage times into consideration.
Read the general and institutional requirements for the evidence required. If evidence is required from a 'responsible person', make an appointment with them well before the SEAS closing date (6 October 2015) to ensure your supporting documentation is received on time.
You should consider institution-specific requirements for any courses you might include on your final preference list.
After submission, your SEAS application may be edited or withdrawn until 5pm Tuesday 6 October 2015.
Only information submitted by that date will form your SEAS application.
How to apply for SEAS
See a demonstration
You can view a demonstration before you start your real SEAS application. The demo works just like the real thing, but you won't be able to save or submit anything you type. See SEAS application demo.
1. Log in to your VTAC user account
To access the SEAS application you must log in to your VTAC user account using your VTAC ID and PIN. SEAS becomes available once you lodge a course application.
2. Open the SEAS application
To open the application, select 'Special consideration (SEAS) application' in your VTAC user account and then click on the SEAS application link at the bottom of the page.
3. Designate an authorised nominee (optional)
The application will ask you if you wish to authorise a nominee so that they can act on your behalf on matters pertaining to your SEAS application. If you authorised a nominee on your course application you can also designate them for your SEAS application, or you can choose another person. You can also opt not to designate an authorised nominee.
4. Fill in the SEAS application form
There are four categories that make up SEAS. You only need to fill out the sections that are relevant to your circumstances. You must fill out at least one category for your SEAS application to be valid.
Note that each section has strict character limits (letters, spaces and punctuation marks), not a word limit. Keep your responses brief and to the point to avoid going over the character limit.
4.1 Category 1: Personal information and location
Select Yes to be assessed for consideration (if you are eligible) on age, school, living location, gender, indigenous status, first in family to attend university, and/or non-English speaking background based on the information provided in your registration and course application.
4.2 Category 2: Difficult circumstances
Use this section to explain how your education has been disadvantaged by difficult circumstances. You will be asked if the circumstances first presented in 2014/15 or 2013 or earlier.
4.3 Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background
Use this section to provide details about your Centrelink benefits including Family Tax Benefits. You will be asked to provide your Centrelink Reference Number and if you give VTAC permission to access your Centrelink information electronically. If you are not currently receiving any Centrelink benefits, you will be asked to describe your financial circumstances including why you are not receiving Centrelink benefits, your income, the number of dependants you support and how you have experienced financial hardship.
4.4 Category 4: Disability or medical condition
Use this section to describe any temporary or permanent disability or medical condition that has impacted on your education. You will be asked if the disability or medical condition first presented in 2014/15 or 2013 or earlier.
5. Submit your SEAS application
Click on Submit to complete your SEAS application. You will be sent an email acknowledging that you have submitted an application including a receipt showing the contents of your application. You can also access your receipt through your VTAC user account.
6. Request a statement of support
If you have applied for category 2 and/or 4, you will need to obtain and submit a statement of support. You will need to obtain a statement of support for category 3 if you have submitted an impact statement. When submitting a SEAS category, the application will alert you if a statement of support is necessary. In your VTAC user account go to Special Consideration (SEAS) Application > Statement of Support. From here you can either download a PDF form to print or email, or you can generate account logins so that someone can submit a statement of support online. For more information see Statement of support.