UAC - Educational Access Scheme 2013

Information for applicants

ACU participates in the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) administered through the ACT and NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). EAS is for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. The following information is designed to assist if you have applied for a place at ACU in 2013 and also applied for consideration of disadvantage via EAS.

Who is eligible and how to apply:

  • Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents of Australia, including holders of a permanent humanitarian visa.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate that their educational performance during Year 11 and/or Year 12 (or equivalent), has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond the applicants control.
  • Applicants may be non-school leavers who have undertaken previous tertiary study.
  • EAS applications are submitted directly to UAC.
  • Applications close 4 January 2013. ACU will not consider applications submitted after the closing date.

Types of disadvantage:

  • Disrupted Schooling.
  • Financial Hardship.
  • Home Environment and Responsibilities (Excessive Family Responsibilities).
  • English Language Difficulties.
  • Personal Illness/Disability.
  • Refugee Status.
  • School Environment.

Advice regarding the status of your application

If you applied for EAS by 30 November 2012, you will receive your eligibility letter around the same time as the release of ATARs. UAC will send letters to advise all applicants who are eligible for consideration under EAS.

Please note: This letter DOES NOT guarantee an offer of a place. It is simply advice that your application for consideration of disadvantage has been successful and that ACU has approved the addition of bonus points accordingly.

How bonus points are allocated

UAC assesses the severity of disadvantage and automatically allocates relevant bonus points to your selection rank. This means that your entry score is increased and you will compete with all the other applicants for a place in the course/s you have applied for at ACU on the basis of your new entry score.

It is important to note that bonus points do not change your ATAR, ie ATAR + Bonus Points = New Entry Score.

ACU cannot advise you as to how many bonus points you may have been allocated.

Further information

For further information, please contact an ACU Student Centre:

North Sydney Campus Phone: (02) 9739 2305 Email:
Strathfield Campus Phone: (02) 9701 4012 Email:
Canberra Campus Phone: (02) 6209 1116 Email: