University of Melbourne

  • Access Melbourne

Access Melbourne is special entry and access scheme offered by the University of Melbourne to domestic students.  By applying through Access Melbourne, students can be assured that any circumstances that have affected their education will be considered when the university assesses their Year 12 results.  Access Melbourne can assist eligible students to gain entry into a course even if their ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank and to also be considered for a scholarship.


Year 12 students can apply using one or more of the following categories:

  • Disadvantaged financial background
  • Applicants from rural or isolated area
  • Under-represented school
  • Difficult circumstances
  • Disability or medical condition
  • Non-English-speaking background
  • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian


Access Melbourne categories that provide a guaranteed entry are:

  1. Disadvantaged financial background
  2. Applicants from rural or isolated areas

Students eligible to apply as a rural or financially disadvantaged student, and meet course prerequisites, may apply for guaranteed entry to the University of Melbourne with an – ATAR of 78.00 for a place in Design or Science

ATAR of 80.00 for a place a place in Arts

ATAR of 88.00 for a place a place in Commerce

ATAR of 92.00 for a place a place in Biomedicine

*Applicants for guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Science (Extended) also require a passing score in a Year 12    Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics subject.

Even if a student’s ATAR falls below these levels, they may still be considered for a place.  To apply for the Access Melbourne scheme, students must make use of the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application on the VTAC website.  There are also several Melbourne Access scholarships available through the University’s scholarships program, so students are encouraged to browse Melbourne Undergraduate Access Scholarships

Visit Access Melbourne to find out more about Access Melbourne.  A SEAS application must be made through VTAC by 5.00pm on 10 October 2017.  There is no separate application for a Melbourne Undergraduate Access Scholarship; students are automatically considered for these scholarships by applying through the SEAS process via VTAC.