CATEGORY 2: Difficult circumstances
Category 2 applies to applicants prevented from reaching their educational potential because of family or other life circumstances.
Applicants need to indicate whether the circumstances are long term (in existence prior to 2013) or short term (existing only in 2014-2015).
Examples of difficult circumstances may include but are not limited to:
- Refugee status
- Severe family disruption including dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction
- Long-term illness of a family member: illnesses considered as serious and long-term such as cancer or psychiatric illness
- Abusive living environment: physical, psychological and emotional abuse over an extended period by a person or persons close to the applicant
- Disruption of education due to constant relocation: relocating to a number of different schools throughout secondary schooling, or disruption of education due to living or school location
- Divorce/separation of parents: difficult separation or divorce of parents including financial hardship and changed living conditions; requirement to change schools and social group
- Homelessness: you do not have a fixed address and do not live with your family or family members
- Excessive family responsibility: family is dependent on you for financial, emotional or physical support during your secondary education
- Death of an immediate family member or friend
- Natural disaster such as drought, bushfire or flood.
This is in no way an exhaustive or prescriptive list. It is provided as a guide to the kinds of circumstances institutions may consider.
To apply, applicants must understand the role that SEAS plays in selection and:
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Prepare and submit an impact statement (*)
- Obtain and submit a statement of support (**).
Institutions that recognise Category 2: Difficult circumstances
|Academy of Design Australia||Elly Lukas||Monash University|
|Academy of Interactive Entertainment||Federation University||Photography Studies College (Melbourne)|
|Australian Catholic University||The Gordon||RMIT University|
|Australian Maritime College||Holmesglen||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Box Hill Institute||La Trobe Melbourne||The University Of Melbourne|
|Charles Sturt University||La Trobe University||Victoria University|
|Chisholm Institute||Melbourne Institute of Technology||William Angliss Institute|
|Deakin College||Melbourne Polytechnic||Wodonga Institute of TAFE|
|Deakin University||Monash College|
La Trobe University: La Trobe University will also consider applications from care leavers (i.e. applicants who have spent any time in residential, foster or kinship care) under this category through provision of an impact statement and statement of support.
University of Melbourne: Current year 12 applicants whose difficult circumstances have been short-term will be considered under Year 11/12 Special Consideration. More information: www.access.unimelb.edu.au/yr12sc
Impact statement (*)
Applicants must submit a statement of up to 2000 characters (not words) describing their circumstances and how they have adversely affected their education.
When describing educational impact, include information about how the circumstances have adversely affected ability to study, access educational facilities and resources, attend school/tuition regularly and perform in assessment tasks.
Statement of support (**)
Applicants must provide a statement of support from a responsible person (see Supporting evidence for definition of a responsible person) who has the knowledge to confirm your circumstances and comment on their educational impact.