SEAS Eligibility

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa, and satisfy requirements for at least one of the following SEAS categories:

SEAS categories:

SEAS category Criteria
Mature age Aged 21 years or older on 1 January 2019
Indigenous Australian Identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
Residential and school location Consideration is based on your home location, with further consideration given if you completed Year 12 at a school in a regional or remote area
Non-English speaking background Born outside Australia in a non-English speaking country and arrived in Australia after 1 January 2013
Difficult personal circumstances Circumstances affecting your senior secondary schooling, such as:
  • being a refugee
  • long-term serious illness or death of a family member
  • abusive living environment: physical, psychological or emotional abuse over extended period
  • natural disaster such as drought, bushfire or flood.
Disadvantaged financial background Disadvantaged financial circumstances (low income) or excessive financial obligations, demonstrated by any of the following:
  • you or your family receive an income-tested Centrelink benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Abstudy, Health Care Card or Family Tax Benefit A)
  • you or your family are facing financial hardship or excessive financial obligation but do not receive a Centrelink benefit (e.g. living on a farm suffering from drought or floods).
Disability or medical condition A disability, impairment or medical condition that has affected your studies, leading to disadvantage in your preparation for tertiary study


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