Applying for SEAS: Supplying Documentation

Depending on the categories you’re applying for, you may need to provide different types of documentation for your SEAS application:

Impact Statement – written by you, the applicant, which should include:
●  A brief description of the circumstances, situation, medical condition, or disability
●  Details of the impact this has had on your education

Statement of Support – written by a responsible adult (definition of this person here), which should include:
●  A timeline of the circumstances, situation, medical condition, or disability
●  Details of the impact on your education.

Centrelink information or financial documentation – Customer Reference Number (CRN) or Customer Access Number (CAN), or copies of the benefit statement if you are in receipt of Centrelink benefits (or anyone in your immediate family is).

Documentation for different SEAS categories

The diagram below shows the documentation required for each of the four categories of SEAS.

Documentation for different SEAS categories

Tips for Impact Statements

This is written by you, the applicant. You need to write about what has happened (the circumstances, or condition) and clearly articulate how it has affected your education.

●  Keep it short and to the point – each section has a character limit

●  You can write your Impact Statement online and submit it through your SEAS application on your VTAC account.

●  Has the condition, or situation meant that you’ve had to miss classes at school? Haven’t had access to resources? Talk about how this has impacted your education.

●  You don’t need to provide documentary evidence of medical conditions or situations – VTAC doesn’t need evidence of hospital stays, x-rays, medical reports, bank statements, etc., all you need to do is write about the impact and then make sure that your doctor completes the statement of support.

Tips for Statements of Support

This is written by someone who can comment on the impact the disadvantage has had on your education. The must meet the guidelines for a ‘relevant responsible person’. They should include:

●  A timeline of the duration of the circumstances or condition

●  Information on how this has impacted your education.

You can supply our information sheet to the person providing your statement of support. You might also like to show them your impact statement so that they are able to confirm what you’ve written.

If you are interested in more information about SEAS Impact Statements and Statements of Support, there is a great article in the VTACmag about supplying documentation, and what constitutes a good impact statement and statement of support. You can download a copy of the mag for $4.49 (incl. GST) from Apple App store or from Google Play (for Android devices) or pick up a copy at your local newsagent for $7.95.

SEAS Deadlines

SEAS applications must be completed and all supporting documentation received at the VTAC office or submitted online by 5pm sharp on Tuesday 4 October 2016.

This ensures that your application is received and can be assessed in time for selection into courses. No extensions to the closing date are possible.

Providing SEAS Documentation

There are three options available to you when supplying SEAS documentation.

You can generate a one-time login for someone else to complete an online statement of support from the SEAS application screen.

One-time login generation screen for a Statement of Support

Alternatively, you also have the option of scanning and uploading documents in PDF or JPEG format on the SEAS application screen. Please note; PDFs must not be saved as ‘Secure PDF’ documents. If you are having trouble uploading a PDF, please check for the word Secure in the file name and if it appears print the document and scan again as a JPEG.

Finally, you can submit these in hardcopy by printing a coversheet from your VTAC Account and posting them together to the VTAC Office, 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, 3205, Victoria.

It doesn’t matter which method you use for supplying documentation; it will all be attached to your SEAS application once received. So there’s no need to send your documents by more than one method, just pick whichever is most convenient.

If you have any questions about SEAS or providing documentation, you can review the SEAS section of the VTAC website, or get in touch with VTAC by email or phone for advice.

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