Access Melbourne eligibility

Am I eligible to apply?

To be eligible for Access Melbourne you need to meet all of the general eligibility requirements and at least one of the Access Melbourne categories.

General eligibility requirements

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
  • Have not received results from undergraduate studies (excludes high school extension studies, or single subjects completed outside of an official degree program. Does not apply to non-school leaver entry pathway applicants and/or recognition as an Indigenous Australian applicants)
  • Demonstrated the capacity to successfully undertake the course of your choice
  • Applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

There are nine Access Melbourne categories you can select for consideration as part of your application to undergraduate study.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if:

  • Your parents did not attend university and your generation is the first to do so.

Note: This category applies to you even if your siblings attended university, provided your parents did not complete university education.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if you meet one of the below criteria:

  • You're in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or
  • Your parents are in receipt of Family Tax Benefit A, or
  • You're able to demonstrate how your disadvantaged financial background has affected you, or
  • You reside in a low socioeconomic area according to government definition.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) under SEAS Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background.

If you are eligible for this category, you may be able to receive a guaranteed place.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if meet all of the below criteria:

  • Your residential address is located within a Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)*, an area that is not defined as a major city by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), and
  • You completed your final two years of schooling in a rural or regional secondary school.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location.

* Checking the rurality rating of your residential address:

  1. First confirm the Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) code of your residential address here use the 'Address search’, and ensure that the selected 'Census year' is 2016
  2. Once you have the SA1 code for your address (the SA1 code will be a 7-digit number), you will be able to use this code to search for the correlating Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) rurality rating on our rural rating spreadsheet
  3. If the ASGS rural rating of your residence is not classified as equal to 'Major Cities of Australia', then your address is eligible for this Access Melbourne category. Note that your school must also be regional or remote if you are a current Year 12 student.

If you are eligible for this category, you may be able to receive a guaranteed place.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if you meet the below criteria:

  • You're of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and
  • You identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and are accepted as such by the community in which you have been living or are associated with.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location.

Murrup Barak will be in touch with applicants to help them submit a confirmation of identity document.

If you are eligible for this category, you may be able to receive a guaranteed place.

Further information for Indigenous students

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if you meet the below criteria:

  • You completed Year 12 in 2022 at a Victorian school defined by the University of Melbourne as under-represented in both the tertiary sector and at the University of Melbourne.

Check if your school is on the list of under-represented schools here.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if:

  • You’ve been prevented from reaching your full educational potential because of long-term family or other life circumstances, and
  • The above circumstances are long term.

For current Year 12 applicants, impacts of COVID-19 disruptions to teaching and learning during 2021/2022 are expected to be considered through Year 11/12 Special Consideration.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 4: Difficult circumstances.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if:

  • You have a disability, impairment or long-term medical condition that has affected your studies, and
  • The above circumstances are long term.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 3: Disability or medical conditions.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if you meet all of the below criteria:

  • You were born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country, and
  • You arrived in Australia after 1 January 2017.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location.

You are eligible for Access Melbourne consideration if you meet all of the below criteria:

  • You are 23 years of age or older on 29 September 2022 (for Semester 1, 2023 entry) or 10 June 2023 (for Semester 2, 2023 entry); and
  • You have no qualifications from the past seven years that could be used as the basis of your application.

To apply for this Access Melbourne category, submit a SEAS application via VTAC under SEAS Category 1: Personal information and location.

Academic eligibility criteria

All Access Melbourne applicants who meet our non-school leaver criteria must also satisfy the academic requirements outlined below:

*50 points of CAP study will typically require applicants to complete four CAP subjects.

Please note that the Access Melbourne non-school leaver category does not provide applicants with an entry point to the Diploma in General Studies, the University's Chancellor's Scholars programs, or our Graduate Degree Packages.

Further information for mature age students

As an Access Melbourne applicant, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry if you are a current Year 12 applicant in these Access Melbourne categories:

  • Disadvantaged financial background
  • Resident of a regional or remote area
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Trait Islander Students

For a guaranteed place in 2023, you’ll need to meet prerequisites and achieve the ATARs or notional ATARs listed below:

ATARCourse
74.00Arts, Design, Science    
80.00Commerce
88.00Biomedicine
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Students
50.00Bachelor of Arts (Extended)
55.00Bachelor of Science (Extended)
70.00Arts, Design
74.00Science
75.00Commerce
85.00Biomedicine

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