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Rural Access Scheme

The Rural Access Scheme exists to recognise the challenges that are often faced by students from Rural and Remote backgrounds. 

For a select number of courses through Griffith University (GU), The University of Queensland (UQ) and University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), a number of places are allocated to applicants who are from Rural and Remote backgrounds to study as part of the Rural Access Scheme.

If you have lived in Rural and Remote areas of Australia for five years consecutively (60 full months) or ten years cumulatively (120 full months), the chance to study as part of the scheme may be available to you.

Rural and Remoteness is determined if you have lived in an Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Area (RA) category 2 to 5. 

You can check your ASGS-RA category by visiting the Health Workforce Locator website

Choose the “Australian Statistical Geographic Standard Remoteness Areas” check box under the “Classifications” section and select “2016” as the year when searching for your current or previous permanent home address.

Find out more about Griffith University’s Rural Priority Access Scheme (GURPAS).

Find out more about The University of Queensland’s Rural Access Scheme.

Find out more about University of the Sunshine Coast’s Rural Access Scheme.

To apply and be considered under the Rural Access Scheme, complete the cover sheet and submit it to QTAC with supporting documentation as soon as possible.

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