Access Melbourne

Access Melbourne is a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) at Melbourne that can help you gain entry into an undergraduate course, even if your ATAR is below the minimum ATAR. Each year at least 25% of domestic undergraduate places at the University are reserved for Access Melbourne applicants.

By submitting a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) form via VTAC Indigenous applicants will be considered for the Access Melbourne program.

Through Access Melbourne, you may receive a guaranteed place in one of five undergraduate degrees, subject to meeting course prerequisites. Guaranteed entry scores differ for each degree;

  • 50.00: Arts (Extended)
  • 55.00: Science (Extended)*
  • 70.00: Design
  • 75.00: Arts,
  • 75.00: Science
  • 75.00: Commerce
  • 85.00: Biomedicine

Indigenous applicants will still be considered for entry below these ATARs, but entry is not guaranteed.

* In addition to satisfying the course prerequisites for guaranteed entry for the Bachelor of Science (Extended), applicants require Units 1 and 2: Satisfactory completion of one of Biology, Chemistry, General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Physics; and Units 3 and 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is discussed in more detail on the subsequent pages but here's a snapshot:

Melbourne Access Scholarships

Every Indigenous student who receives an offer for an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne will be considered for a Melbourne Access Scholarship valued at $5 000 per year for the standard duration of their undergraduate degree.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

In addition, students who are eligible to receive an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship will be considered for:

  • An Indigenous Education Cost (ICECS) scholarship valued at $3 000 per year for up to four years, and
  • An Indigenous Accommodation Cost Scholarship (ICAS) valued at:
    • $2 000 per year for up to four years for students who will relocate to Melbourne from within Victoria
    • $4 000 per year for up to four years for student who will relocate to Melbourne from outside Victoria

To be eligible for an Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship, you must not be in receipt of other Commonwealth assistance given for the same purpose. Where the number of eligible students exceeds the number of scholarship available, preference is given to students from remote or regional areas and student who are financially disadvantaged.

Indigenous Accommodation Grant

The Indigenous Accommodation Grant is offered to Indigenous students who are residing at University Accommodation or Residential College and are ineligible for government accommodation funding or other forms of financial support. The scholarship provides a contribution of  $10,000 for a maximum duration of one year if you live at the Melbourne Accommodation or Residential College for a full year, or $5,000 for half a year if you live at the Melbourne Accommodation or Residential College for half a year. and will be paid directly to the accommodation provider.

Melbourne Chancellors Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students who achieve an ATAR of 90+. A snapshot of what the scholarship includes;

  • 100% Fee-Waiver
  • $5,000 per year for students who studied in Victoria
  • $10,000 per year for students who studied outside Victoria
  • Melbourne Global Scholars Award of up to $2,500 for an approved period of overseas study as an Exchange or Study Abroad student
  • And more.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Study Assistance Scheme (ABSTUDY) is an external initiative provided by the Australian Government. ABSTUDY is means-tested and can help with your living expenses, housing, travel and study costs.

We've created a quick overview of the types of ABSTUDY available to students throughout their undergraduate and graduate journey which you can view by follow the link at the bottom of the page or here.

Next: The Application Process

The process of applying explained followed by Accommodation, ABSTUDY, scholarships and more.

Application Steps