Special consideration for family violence in Victoria

If you’ve been affected by physical, mental or financial abuse at home, then you need to know that you can access adjustment factors when applying for university.

Universities understand that sometimes circumstances are beyond your control, and that it’s not your fault that you have been adversely affected. The application process is simple, you just need to apply through VTAC’s Special Entry Access Scheme.

Special Entry Access Scheme – VTAC

Category 4: Difficult Circumstances

Category 4 applies to applicants who have been prevented from reaching their educational potential because of family or other life circumstances.

The following types of circumstances will be considered under this category. Please note this list is in no way prescriptive or exhaustive and is simply a guide as to the types of disadvantage that may be considered.

  • Divorce/separation of parents: difficult separation or divorce of parents including financial hardship and changed living conditions; requirement to change schools and social group
  • Abusive living environment: physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse over an extended period by a person or persons close to the applicant

 

How to apply for SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) with VTAC

You must have already submitted your VTAC application before you can submit your SEAS application. You’ll need to provide a description of circumstances with a timeline, an Impact Statement, and a Statement of Support from a responsible person (someone older than 21, who’s known you for over 12 months, is not related to you and doesn’t live with you).

As you’re applying for SEAS due to family violence, you can choose to provide a letter from a government or community organisation instead of the Impact Statement and Statement of Support.

Find out more about applying for SEAS here

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