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Special admission programs

We understand that sometimes there may be barriers - difficult life circumstances - that may prevent or deter you from studying.

Our special admissions programs may help you get into your chosen course, so that you can reach your true potential.

Apply for special admission

If you have applied for a course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), you can apply for consideration of your circumstances through VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). Find out more about submitting SEAS applications through VTAC.

If you have applied for a course directly to Victoria University (VU), you can apply for consideration of your circumstances using our direct admission special consideration application. Submit this application, along with any supporting documentation, when you apply for your course.

Special admission categories

Mature age consideration

For applicants who are non-school leavers, have never completed secondary school, have already been in the workforce or are returning to study after a long break.

You will need to submit along with your application:

  • the number of years you have been in the workforce
  • the relevance of your work experience to your chosen course and
  • the 500 word statement.

Recognition as an Indigenous Australian

Indigenous Australian applicants are invited to contact the University’s Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit on +61 3 9919 2836 or email

Admission into a course will be based on an assessment of your capacity to successfully complete the course.

Living in rural or isolated areas

For applicants whose school or home location has adversely affected their preparation for post-secondary study.

Rural or isolated areas are determined based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Areas classification.

Men & women in under-represented disciplines

For applicants who are applying for a course in fields of study recognised as underrepresented by their gender. View our list of eligible courses.

Non-English speaking background

For applicants whose non-English speaking background has adversely affected their preparation for post-secondary study.

Difficult living circumstances

If difficult living circumstances have impacted your preparation for post-secondary study, you may be considered under this category. Circumstances include, but are not limited to:

  • long term illness of a relative
  • constant relocation
  • excessive family responsibility
  • abusive living environment
  • homelessness
  • natural disaster.

Disadvantaged financial background

Your education may have been affected by difficult financial circumstances, where you were dependant on Centrelink or a Family Tax Benefit for support.

Disability or medical condition

Your education may have been affected by your disability or medical condition.

Our Disability Support Services team aims to ensure that all students with a disability or medical condition are able to actively participate in all aspects of university life. To discuss the range of support and inclusive practices available, phone +61 3 9919 5400 or email

Current year 12 students

Our Portfolio Partnership Program (PPP) and Priority Secondary School Bonus admission schemes are specifically for current Year 12 students, and may assist you in gaining entry to your preferred course.

Portfolio Partnership Program (PPP)

VU's Portfolio Partnership Program (PPP) is open to current year 12 students who have applied for admission through VTAC and are attending a partner secondary school. This program only applies to courses that have a minimum ATAR eligibility requirement.

Priority Secondary School Bonus

The Priority Secondary School Bonus benefits applicants seeking admission to courses that have a minimum ATAR eligibility requirement, and is only open to current year 12 students attending one of these eligible secondary schools.

Under this scheme your ATAR score may be adjusted upwards by 10 points. You will still need to meet all other eligibility requirements for your chosen course.

Contact us

If you have any questions about applying for special admission into course at Victoria University (either through VTAC or direct to VU), contact us for assistance.