Special Entry Access Scheme S.E.A.S.
What does SEAS do? <ul><li>It allows a levelling of the playing field </li></ul><ul><li>It relates to  ‘ equity ’  issues ...
What benefit is there from a successful SEAS application? <ul><li>SEAS may add up to 5 ATAR points to your achieved score ...
SEAS does not replace the eligibility requirements (you must complete the extra requirements) <ul><li>You need to attend a...
How it works? <ul><li>Applications  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>open 9am Monday 1 August and  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>close 5...
Who is eligible? <ul><li>There are 6 categories of eligible students </li></ul><ul><li>These are detailed on the vtac webs...
Category 1: Personal information and location <ul><li>Category one is based upon information  already provided  in the cou...
Category 2: Non-English speaking background <ul><li>This Category applies to applicants who have  arrived in Australia wit...
Required evidence  <ul><li>Applicants for Category 2 must submit:  </li></ul><ul><li>a certified copy of your entry visa a...
Category 3: Difficult circumstances <ul><li>This Category applies to applicants who have been prevented from reaching thei...
To apply for this category applicants must: <ul><li>Prepare and submit an  impact statement  </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain and ...
Impact statement  <ul><li>Applicants are required to submit a statement of  up to 2000 characters (not words)  describing ...
Statement of support <ul><li>Applicants must provide a statement of support from a responsible person who has the knowledg...
Also applying for a scholarship?  <ul><li>Applicants planning to apply for scholarships through VTAC can  use the same sta...
Category 4: Disadvantaged financial background <ul><li>This Category applies to applicants who have been prevented from re...
To apply for category 4 you must: <ul><li>Be in receipt of a  Centrelink benefit  </li></ul><ul><li>OR submit an  impact s...
Category 5: Disability or medical condition <ul><li>This Category is for applicants who have experienced educational disad...
Applicants to this category will need to: <ul><li>Indicate whether the circumstances are long term (in existence prior to ...
Category 6: SNAP and SALT <ul><li>This Category is for current Year 12 students who attend  schools that are explicitly no...
RMIT University  Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) <ul><li>To apply: </li></ul><ul><li>Be endorsed by your SNAP school...
La Trobe University  Schools Access La Trobe Program (SALT) <ul><li>To apply for this scheme, you must attend a school lis...
Before you apply <ul><li>Read online SEAS information  to understand all the eligibility requirements for each category yo...
Eligibility  <ul><li>Have  Australian or New Zealand citizenship , OR  </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a  permanent Australian resi...
The school ’ s role with SEAS <ul><li>The school does not: </li></ul><ul><li>Write the students ’  application </li></ul><...
The student must: <ul><li>Research the vtac website relating to SEAS </li></ul><ul><li>Write their own  ‘ Impact Statement...
Timeline <ul><li>SEAS opens Monday 1 August </li></ul><ul><li>SEAS close Tuesday 11 October  </li></ul><ul><li>(1 day afte...
Questions to guide small group discussion <ul><li>What is SEAS and how may it help me? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do I find i...
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Special Equity Access Schemes

  1. 1. Special Entry Access Scheme S.E.A.S.
  2. 2. What does SEAS do? <ul><li>It allows a levelling of the playing field </li></ul><ul><li>It relates to ‘ equity ’ issues </li></ul><ul><li>It must relate to ‘ critical life issues ’ not a ‘ personal choice ’ </li></ul><ul><li>20 % of all university places are for ‘ equity ’ placements </li></ul><ul><li>To get ‘ equity ’ consideration you must have applied for SEAS </li></ul><ul><li>It does not replace the eligibility requirements </li></ul><ul><li>(you must complete the extra requirements) </li></ul>
  3. 3. What benefit is there from a successful SEAS application? <ul><li>SEAS may add up to 5 ATAR points to your achieved score per category </li></ul><ul><li>Up to a maximum of 15 extra points </li></ul><ul><li>Can I lose ATAR points from an unsuccessful SEAS application? </li></ul><ul><li>NO </li></ul>
  4. 4. SEAS does not replace the eligibility requirements (you must complete the extra requirements) <ul><li>You need to attend all interviews, sit any required tests, submit all required folios, and fill in all required forms regardless of your SEAS application. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How it works? <ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>open 9am Monday 1 August and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>close 5pm Tuesday 11 October </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The SEAS link is located on the left side of: www.vtac.edu.au website </li></ul><ul><li>It is an on-line application only </li></ul><ul><li>Each student applies for SEAS consideration </li></ul><ul><li>Your ATAR score stands and SEAS adds to it </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who is eligible? <ul><li>There are 6 categories of eligible students </li></ul><ul><li>These are detailed on the vtac website </li></ul><ul><li>Category 1: Personal information and location </li></ul><ul><li>Category 2: Non-English speaking background </li></ul><ul><li>Category 3: Difficult circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Category 4: Disadvantaged financial background </li></ul><ul><li>Category 5: Disability or medical condition </li></ul><ul><li>Category 6: SNAP and SALT </li></ul>
  7. 7. Category 1: Personal information and location <ul><li>Category one is based upon information already provided in the course application. These circumstances include: </li></ul><ul><li>Age (used by institutions that recognise and operate mature age entry schemes) </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Australian </li></ul><ul><li>Living or school postcode (from rural or isolated areas) </li></ul><ul><li>Under-represented school (various under-represented schools) </li></ul><ul><li>Gender (applying for a course in which males or females are under-represented </li></ul>
  8. 8. Category 2: Non-English speaking background <ul><li>This Category applies to applicants who have arrived in Australia within the last 10 years from a non-English speaking country. </li></ul><ul><li>Have been born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country </li></ul><ul><li>Have arrived in Australia on, or after 1 January 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Submit all of the documentation listed under required Evidence. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Required evidence <ul><li>Applicants for Category 2 must submit: </li></ul><ul><li>a certified copy of your entry visa and </li></ul><ul><li>a certified copy of your passport photograph page </li></ul><ul><li>a certified copy of your initial entry stamp for arrival in Australia. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Category 3: Difficult circumstances <ul><li>This Category applies to applicants who have been prevented from reaching their full educational potential because of family or other life circumstances. </li></ul><ul><li>need to indicate whether the circumstances are long term (in existence prior to 2009) or short term (existing only in 2010-2011). </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of difficult circumstances may include: </li></ul><ul><li>Refugee </li></ul><ul><li>Severe family disruption including dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction </li></ul><ul><li>Long-term illness of a family member; illnesses which would be considered as serious and long-term such as cancer or psychiatric illness </li></ul><ul><li>Abusive living environment: physical, psychological and emotional abuse over an extended period by a person or persons close to the applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Disruption of education due to constant relocation; relocating to a number of different schools throughout secondary schooling </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce/separation of parents; difficult separation or divorce of parents including financial hardship and changed living conditions; requirement to change schools and social group </li></ul><ul><li>Homelessness: you do not have a fixed address and you do not live with your family or family members </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive family responsibility; family is dependent on you for financial, emotional or physical support during your secondary education </li></ul><ul><li>Death of an immediate family member or friend </li></ul><ul><li>Natural disaster such as drought, bushfire or flood. </li></ul><ul><li>This is in no way an exhaustive or prescriptive list. </li></ul>
  11. 11. To apply for this category applicants must: <ul><li>Prepare and submit an impact statement </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain and submit a statement of support </li></ul>
  12. 12. Impact statement <ul><li>Applicants are required to submit a statement of up to 2000 characters (not words) describing their circumstances and how their circumstances have adversely affected their education . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Statement of support <ul><li>Applicants must provide a statement of support from a responsible person who has the knowledge to confirm your circumstances and comment on their educational impact. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Also applying for a scholarship? <ul><li>Applicants planning to apply for scholarships through VTAC can use the same statement of support for both applications via the online statement of support. </li></ul><ul><li>On the online statement of support, indicate that you wish the statement to be applied to both SEAS and Scholarship. </li></ul><ul><li>The online statement of support must be submitted by the SEAS closing date of 5.00pm on Tuesday 11 October 2011. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Category 4: Disadvantaged financial background <ul><li>This Category applies to applicants who have been prevented from reaching their full educational potential because of a disadvantaged financial background. </li></ul><ul><li>Are circumstances are long term (in existence prior to 2009) or short term (existing only in 2010-2011). </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of circumstances considered under this category may include: </li></ul><ul><li>Individual or family poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive financial obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Economic hardship. </li></ul><ul><li>This is in no way an exhaustive or prescriptive list. </li></ul>
  16. 16. To apply for category 4 you must: <ul><li>Be in receipt of a Centrelink benefit </li></ul><ul><li>OR submit an impact statement </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain and submit a statement of support </li></ul><ul><li>(if not in current receipt of Centrelink benefits) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Category 5: Disability or medical condition <ul><li>This Category is for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of a disability or medical condition. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Applicants to this category will need to: <ul><li>Indicate whether the circumstances are long term (in existence prior to 2009) or short term (existing only in 2010-2011). </li></ul><ul><li>Submit an impact statement </li></ul><ul><li>Submit a statement of support </li></ul>
  19. 19. Category 6: SNAP and SALT <ul><li>This Category is for current Year 12 students who attend schools that are explicitly nominated under the Schools Access La Trobe (SALT) or RMIT Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) schemes. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Applicants should apply for Category 1 to be considered for other university under-represented schools schemes. </li></ul>
  20. 20. RMIT University Schools Network Access Program (SNAP) <ul><li>To apply: </li></ul><ul><li>Be endorsed by your SNAP school via a school statement of support. </li></ul><ul><li>You should check that your school will support your SNAP application see Mrs Alexalis </li></ul><ul><li>This online form must be submitted by your school to VTAC before the SEAS closing date, 5.00pm Tuesday 11 October. </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Killester College is a SNAP school </li></ul>
  21. 21. La Trobe University Schools Access La Trobe Program (SALT) <ul><li>To apply for this scheme, you must attend a school listed under Schools Access La Trobe (SALT). </li></ul><ul><li>For further information about the SALT scheme including eligible SALT schools go to www.latrobe.edu.au/access </li></ul>
  22. 22. Before you apply <ul><li>Read online SEAS information to understand all the eligibility requirements for each category you are considering. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to the general eligibility requirements, there may be specific institutional requirements for each SEAS category . CHECK THEM </li></ul><ul><li>You must first register with VTAC and lodge a VTAC course application for the SEAS application to become available. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Eligibility <ul><li>Have Australian or New Zealand citizenship , OR </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a permanent Australian residency visa . </li></ul><ul><li>Note: International students are not eligible to apply for SEAS. </li></ul><ul><li>(International students are VTAC applicants who currently hold or plan to obtain a temporary residency or student visa ) </li></ul>
  24. 24. The school ’ s role with SEAS <ul><li>The school does not: </li></ul><ul><li>Write the students ’ application </li></ul><ul><li>The school will : </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the availability of SEAS </li></ul><ul><li>Write some ‘ Statements of Support ’ only where it is already aware of the student ’ s circumstances AND </li></ul><ul><li>There is not a relevant ‘ professional authority ’ to do so </li></ul><ul><li>Give advice </li></ul>
  25. 25. The student must: <ul><li>Research the vtac website relating to SEAS </li></ul><ul><li>Write their own ‘ Impact Statement ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Source an appropriate authority for the ‘ Statement of Support ’ and obtain it </li></ul><ul><li>Collect all supporting documentation as outlined on the vtac website for each applicable category </li></ul><ul><li>Do their own ‘ on-line application ’ on time </li></ul>
  26. 26. Timeline <ul><li>SEAS opens Monday 1 August </li></ul><ul><li>SEAS close Tuesday 11 October </li></ul><ul><li>(1 day after Term 4 commences) </li></ul><ul><li>By Monday 22 August : register your intention to apply for SEAS with Mr Hill in writing stating your categories </li></ul><ul><li>By Monday 29 August : provide Mr Hill with a written list of all the required documents you must collect for each category. </li></ul><ul><li>By Monday 5 September : submit your ‘ Impact Statement ’ to Mr Hill for review </li></ul><ul><li>By Monday 19 September : present all supporting documentation to Mr Hill </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Term ends Friday 23 September </li></ul>
  27. 27. Questions to guide small group discussion <ul><li>What is SEAS and how may it help me? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do I find information and the application form for SEAS? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I apply? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the 6 SEAS categories? </li></ul><ul><li>Which categories may apply to me? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>What documentation do I need to support my SEAS application? </li></ul><ul><li>What time lines do I need to meet? </li></ul>
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