SEAS and Selection

SEAS can play a role in your selection into a course by addressing where disadvantage has impacted your education, and applying bonus points to your selection rank for that particular course.

Selection Criteria

In order to be considered for a course, you still must meet the selection criteria set by the institution. This includes completing prerequisites, and fulfilling any selection requirements (for example, attending an audition or interview). Without completing these criteria, you cannot be considered for a course.

Applying for SEAS doesn’t exempt you from meeting the criteria, but if your circumstances make it difficult to complete a compulsory requirement, please contact the institution to discuss alternative arrangements.

How SEAS works: a demonstration

The table below is an example course selecting applicants based on the ATAR. For this course there were six applicants, and four places available. AJ received an ATAR of 75.00 and put in a SEAS application, which was considered by the institution offering this course.

With his SEAS application, he received bonus points, which meant that he was re-ranked higher than he would have been based on his ATAR alone. His rank then fell above the Clearly-In, and he was made an offer for this course.

SEAS can play a role in your selection into a course by addressing where disadvantage has impacted your education, and applying bonus points to your selection rank for that particular course.

Selection Data example for SEAS

The Clearly-In for a course is the point at which everyone with that ATAR or above, received an offer. The percentage below represents the number of applicants who received an offer below that Clearly-In point. In this example, the Clearly-In is 85.00, and one offer was made below this, to AJ, therefore the Percentage Below is 25% – one in four of the offers.

The point to keep in mind about this example:
●   It is only an example – we have made this up, based on the process to demonstrate how SEAS can work.
●   AJ will only ever know his ATAR of 75.00 – his actual ATAR won’t change, even though he has received bonus points for this course. His academic results and qualifications don’t change.
●   You won’t know how many bonus points you have received for your SEAS application. This is kept confidential to protect the integrity of the process.


SEAS Calculators

Some institutions offer SEAS calculators on their website. These are programs that allow to you enter your details, identify the disadvantage that has impacted your education, and the SEAS calculator gives you an indication of what sort of bonus you may be eligible for.

VTAC always recommends you use such programs with caution – while it can be a good indication of how institutions apply bonus points for some categories of SEAS, your SEAS application is always assessed independently by a panel of experienced assessors, and relies on you submitting complete documentation for your SEAS application.

See our next blog about Applying for SEAS and Providing Evidence.

5 replies

  1. I want to apply for master of teaching with deakin university, but i am from non english speaking country, deakin request an ielts with overall band 7 which is really difficult for me to get, if i apply for the SEAS do you think i have a chance?
    Thank you

    • Hi Nesma,

      Selection decisions are all made by institutions, so you will need to contact Deakin for information on how your application will be considered. Best of luck with it!


  2. I was wondering can SEAS effect individual subject scores? I didn’t receive the required study score for one of the required subjects to get into the university and course I would like to, but I did put in a SEAS application earlier on.

    • Hi Catie, any SEAS bonus applied would apply to your overall rank, rather than individual studies. SEAS doesn’t exempt you from completing prerequisite studies for a course.

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