We understand that life doesn’t always provide a smooth ride. That’s why we participate in the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). SEAS covers financial circumstances, health, location and other factors that could make you eligible for special consideration. It allows us to take any short or long-term disadvantages into account when we process your application.

Swinburne participates in all categories of SEAS. These areas are based on different types of disadvantages:

Category 1 – Personal information and location

Category 2 – Disadvantaged financial background

Category 3 – Disability or medical condition

Category 4 – Difficult circumstances

Whether you’re currently studying Year 12 or applying as an adult, you can make your SEAS application once through VTAC and it will be sent to all the courses you apply to through VTAC.

Because this past year has been particularly challenging, many students are likely to meet one or more categories that may qualify them for special consideration. We recommend talking to your school about applying for SEAS.

SEAS applications open at 9am on 3 August and must be submitted by 5pm on 9 October. Once this date has passed, there will be no other possibility to apply for special consideration, so don’t miss out.

Keep in mind that a SEAS application doesn’t guarantee you an offer and you must still complete all the requirements listed under the selection criteria of each course.

Want to see how SEAS could make a difference to you? Try out our SEAS calculator below.

Please note: The information provided on this page should be used as a guide only and assessment will vary across Swinburne courses. Your application will be assessed based on the supporting documentation and evidence you have provided to VTAC. Refer to the Course Search listing of your chosen course on VTAC for information regarding selection rank adjustments.

Study Level
Living or school location
Non-English speaking background
Recognition as an Indigenous Australian
Subject Adjustments
Under represented school
Early Leaders Program
First in the family to attend university
Difficult circumstances
N/A Somewhat Strongly
Disadvantaged financial background
N/A Somewhat Strongly
Disability or medical condition
N/A Somewhat Strongly
No change