Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne you must:

You can apply under one or more of the following categories if the description matches your circumstances.


  • Recognition as an Indigenous Australian

    Am I eligible for this category?

    You are eligible for this category if you:

    • Are of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
    • Identify as a person of Australian Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander heritage and are accepted as such by an Indigenous community.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    Yes, you are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    No documentation is required but your status will be verified by staff from Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development, or (for Faculty of the VCA and MCM courses) by staff from the Wilin Centre.

  • Previous status as a refugee or current holder of a Humanitarian Visa

    Am I eligible for this category?

    You are eligible for this category if you:

    • Have previously held an Australian temporary protection visa; or
    • Currently hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    Yes, you are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    You must provide a certified copy of your Australian temporary protection visa and a certified copy of your passport photograph page; or a certified copy of your permanent humanitarian visa and a certified copy of your passport photograph page.

  • Rural or isolated background

    Am I eligible for this category?

    You are eligible for this category if you resided in a rural area* for at least five years (consecutive or cumulative) from the commencement of primary school.

    A rural or isolated area is defined as an area with a Remote Areas (ASGD-RA) Australian Standard Geographic Classification of: RA2 – Inner Regional, RA3 – Outer Regional, RA4 – Remote, or RA5 – Very Remote. The Department of Health and Ageing uses this categorisation system for a number of programs related to medical practice in Australia. You can check the classification of your rural or isolated address on the Department of Health and Ageing website.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    Yes, you are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    You will need to provide documentary evidence that you lived in a rural area.

    Acceptable supporting documents include:

    • School reports
    • Transcripts from a regional university
    • Supporting letters from a school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead)
    • Other documents to prove residence such as invoices for telephone, rates, utilities, or bank statements showing your (or your family's) address.
  • Disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances

    Am I eligible for this category?

    You are eligible for this category if:

    • You come from a disadvantaged socio-economic background; OR
    • You experienced financial hardship during your tertiary study that had a sustained adverse effect on your academic achievement and
    • You are currently in receipt of a Centrelink benefit.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    Yes, you are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    Note: If you are submitting a course application for the Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD), for a relevant Faculty of Business and Economics course, or for a relevant Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music course, and you are eligible for this category you must complete the Disadvantaged socioeconomic circumstances – Supplementary form and submit this together with the Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    If you are currently in receipt of a Centrelink benefit you must provide certified notification of your Centrelink benefit that is no more than three months old.

    If you are not currently in receipt of a Centrelink benefit you must provide a statement of support that outlines the details of any financial circumstances which adversely affected you and/or your family. The statement of support must be completed by a responsible independent source (who is not related to you) with knowledge of your socio-economic disadvantage. Examples of suitable sources may include: doctor, lawyer, accountant, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader, teacher.

  • Disability or chronic medical condition

    Am I eligible for this category?

    You are eligible for this category if:

    • You experienced a disability or chronic medical condition during your tertiary study that had a sustained adverse effect on your academic achievement; OR
    • You have experienced a disability (physical, sensory, intellectual, acquired brain injury or neurological impairment) prior to or since your tertiary study.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    Yes, you are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    You must provide a statement of support from the relevant health care professional involved in the care/maintenance of the condition.

  • Personal difficulties

    Am I eligible for this category?

    You are eligible for this category if you experienced personal difficulties during your tertiary study which had a sustained adverse effect on your academic achievement.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    Yes, you are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    You must provide a statement of support that outlines the details of the personal difficulties. The statement of support must be completed by a responsible independent source (who is not related to you) with knowledge of your personal difficulties. Examples of suitable sources may include: doctor, lawyer, accountant, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader, teacher.

  • Women in Engineering

    Am I eligible for this category?

    Domestic female applicants eligible for entry into Melbourne School of Engineering masters and coursework doctoral degrees will automatically be considered for a Master of Engineering Access Scholarship.

    Do I need to lodge a Graduate Access Melbourne application?

    You are required to submit a Graduate Access Melbourne application if you are applying for more than one category. Ensure you also tick the Women in Engineering box on the form.

    Completion of a Graduate Access application form is not required if Women in Engineering is the only Graduate Access category you are applying for. All female engineering applicants will automatically be considered.

    What supporting documentation is required for this category?

    No documentation is required. Eligible female applicants for Melbourne School of Engineering courses will automatically be considered.