Educational Access Scheme

Educational Access Scheme


The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help you if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies.

If you are assessed as eligible for an adjustment to your OP or rank under EAS, this will be combined with other adjustments for which you are eligible. Please check with the institution you are applying to for the maximum adjustments allowable.

If you are eligible for the Financial Hardship category, you may also get financial assistance from institutions, such as scholarships or bursaries.

Who can apply?

You can apply for EAS if you are applying for tertiary study through QTAC.

You don't have to be in Year 12 or currently studying to apply for EAS, but most EAS categories relate to circumstances that affect your most recent studies. The Financial Hardship category relates to your current and recent financial circumstances.

EAS will not be able to compensate you for things such as:

  • not completing secondary school
  • changing school subjects by choice, resulting in you not meeting entry requirements
  • missed time from school for activities that are a personal choice (for example, sport, musical or cultural activities).

How to apply

You can apply for EAS when you lodge your QTAC application.

To apply for EAS after lodging your QTAC application, select an EAS category below to download the cover sheet and submit this to us with the required documentation. If you are not sure if EAS could help you, call us on 1300 467 822 so we can assist.

Cover sheets

You must submit a completed cover sheet together with relevant supporting documents for each EAS category you apply for.

Year 12 students applying for the Educational Disruption, Personal Illness or Disability, or English Language Difficulty categories must have their school fill out a section of the cover sheet. A school statement is also recommended for Home Environment and Responsibilities if the school is aware of the home situation.

You can download EAS cover sheets below:

Financial Hardship cover sheet (PDF 651.8KB)
Home Environment and Responsibilities cover sheet (PDF 530.5KB)
English Language Difficulty cover sheet (PDF 288.2KB)
Personal Illness or Disability cover sheet (PDF 434.4KB)
Educational Disruption cover sheet (PDF 236.1KB)

Supporting documentation

EAS is an evidence based scheme. Documents must be provided as evidence of the disadvantage you have experienced.

Refer to the personal circumstances under the Financial Hardship category for specific financial documents for your personal situation.

You will receive an email invitation to complete an EAS cover sheet and submit supporting documents.

Examples of supporting documents required for each EAS category are outlined on the relevant cover sheet.

If you cannot provide the documentation, you must submit a statement explaining why you cannot provide it. You should also include any alternative documents that may support your case.

How to submit documentation

Upload your documents to your application by logging in to Application Services and going to Outstanding Documents. 

If the category you need to provide isn't listed in Outstanding Documents, you can post your documents to:

PO Box 1331
MILTON, QLD 4064 Australia

When to submit EAS documentation

Refer to Key Dates and Fees for documentation due dates for scheduled offer rounds. 

Submit your documentation as soon as possible.

EAS categories

You can apply for as many EAS categories as you like. Select a category for more information.

Financial Hardship

You can apply for this category if you reside in Australia and are from a low-income background. 

If you are assessed as eligible for financial hardship you may automatically be entitled to financial assistance, such as scholarships or bursaries, from some institutions. 

Please note, the Family Tax Benefit is not considered an eligible benefit as it is not asset tested.

If you are financially independent, you may qualify for the Financial Hardship category if:

If you are under 22 and are financially supported by your parents or guardians, you are considered to be dependent. You can qualify for the Financial Hardship category if:

  • you receive a full rate of a means and asset tested Centrelink income support benefit in your own right
  • your parents or guardians receive the full rate of a means or asset tested Centrelink income support benefit
  • you participate in The Smith Family Learning for Life program, or
  • your parents' or guardians' gross income is below institution-determined thresholds.

Financial hardship is assessed based on your total household income. The information you need to provide depends on your personal circumstances.

Download the Financial Hardship cover sheet (PDF 651.8KB)

Home Environment and Responsibilities

You can apply for this category if you have experienced:

  • family conflict (significant dysfunction)
  • legal separation or divorce (self or parents)
  • substance abuse (family member generally living in the household)
  • lack of stable housing (due to eviction, etc.)
  • forced to be independent under the age of 18
  • abuse where you reside (domestic, physical, psychological, sexual)
  • assault where you reside (rape, attempted rape, touching in a sexual way)
  • disruption as a result of being in or recently leaving foster care/out-of-home care
  • lack of support for education due to cultural demands
  • caring for sibling(s) in excess of normal domestic responsibilities
  • caring for a disabled or seriously ill household member
  • death or serious illness of a family member or member of the household
  • home affected by disaster.

Download the Home Environment and Responsibilities cover sheet (PDF 530.5KB).

English Language Difficulty

You can apply for this category if:

  • you are currently completing Year 12 or equivalent
  • your most recent study was impacted by a profound level of difficulty communicating in English.

If you have been enrolled in education where the medium of instruction was English (in any country) for more than five years, you would not normally be able to apply. Some exceptions apply.

Full fee-paying students are not eligible.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, you should apply for the Personal Illness or Disability category.

If you have attended more than one school since arriving in Australia, we will require confirmation of assistance you received from them for your English language difficulty. This is in addition to your current school who will complete the School Statement section of your cover sheet.

Download the English Language Difficulty cover sheet (PDF 288.2KB)

Personal Illness or Disability

You can apply for this category if you have experienced:

  • a long-term or recurrent medical or psychiatric/psychological condition or disability; and/or
  • a serious, short-term medical or psychiatric/psychological condition, and/or
  • a learning, sensory, physical, psychological or other disability or disorder.

You shouldn't apply if you have had:

  • a mild or short illness
  • a long term but minor medical condition or disability
  • an illness that is well managed with medical treatment and had a limited impact on your education.

Normally, in these cases, your school or educational provider should make arrangements to help you.

Download the Personal Illness or Disability cover sheet (PDF 434.4KB).

Educational Disruption

You can apply for this category if you have experienced disrupted Senior schooling or equivalent study, including:

  • excessive change of teachers in a subject during Senior (generally more than three teachers)
  • frequent change of school and/or change of school system in Years 11 and/or 12. Please supply a letter from each school
  • required to study subject/s through distance education or other provider. Please list subjects and where studied
  • unable to continue a subject (e.g. school discontinued subject, transfer in and not offered) or lack of subject choices and having to choose a subject not part of career plan
  • significant peer conflict experienced in the school environment in Years 11 and/or 12.
  • significant disruption to your school (e.g. buildings destroyed)
  • regional or remote schooling in an area classified as RA3–RA5.

You should not apply for this category if you have had excessive absences from school for illness (apply under Personal Illness or Disability), or caring responsibilities (apply under Home Environment and Responsibilities).

Download the Educational Disruption cover sheet (PDF 236.1KB).


Page last updated: 14 Jan 2020