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Special Consideration

We want to give you the best chance possible to study with us at the University of Canberra.

If you are applying to study at the University of Canberra and have experienced circumstances that have impacted or disadvantaged your previous academic performance, you may be eligible for special consideration in one of the following categories:

Children of Australian Defence Force personnel are eligible for 5 bonus ATAR points.  

This is to recognise the disruptive impact of moving interstate or having had to attend 3 or more secondary schools during years 10, 11 and 12. These bonus points are inclusive of points awarded under Disrupted Schooling and do not include moving from junior to senior secondary school.

If you have applied to study with us through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) you can apply for special consideration under the Education Access Scheme (EAS) via the UAC website.

You can also lodge an directly through the University of Canberra after the UAC closing date.

For more information contact the University of Canberra Student Centre.

If you are an elite athlete or sporting coach whose commitments have affected your previous academic performance, you may be eligible for:

Applicants who have a poor academic record or a history of exclusion from tertiary study may apply directly to the University's Admissions Office for special consideration.

You will need to demonstrate in writing that your circumstances have changed sufficiently and that you are dedicated to succeeding at university.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person who has completed high school, you will automatically receive 5 bonus ATAR points to assist with gaining direct entry into University of Canberra courses.

Find out more about our opportunities for Indigenous students.

Students from regional ACT and NSW schools may be awarded bonus points based on the disadvantage experienced in their school.

UAC has classified all regional and remote schools throughout Australia into four EAS disadvantage lists. This classification measures the level of disadvantage experienced at each school and acts as a guide to distribute bonus points fairly. 

A minimum of 4 bonus points will be awarded to eligible students whose school features on one of the EAS Disadvantaged School lists, and will be capped at maximum of 10 bonus points per student.

If you believe that you have experienced a disadvantage during your previous study, but are not eligible for consideration in one of the above assistance schemes, you can write to the University of Canberra Admissions Centre seeking special consideration.

Applications for all special consideration categories should be mailed in writing to: 

The Manager of Admissions
Student Centre 
Building 1 
University of Canberra, ACT, 2601