What does disadvantage mean?

The following information may assist you and has been taken from the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website. (Feb 2020). 

Disadvantaged financial background

The following types of circumstances will be considered under this category. Please note this list is in no way prescriptive or exhaustive, it is simply a guide as to the types of disadvantage that may be considered.
  • You are on Centrelink benefits
  • You are a dependent of a parent or guardian who is on Centrelink benefits
  • Excessive financial obligations
  • Individual or family economic hardship
  • Individual or family poverty
 

Disadvantaged or medical condition

  • Name the disability or medical condition – can list multiple conditions if needed
  • Duration of the disability or medical condition
 

Disadvantaged by difficult circumstances

The following types of circumstances will be considered under this category. Please note this list is in no way prescriptive or exhaustive and is simply a guide as to the types of disadvantage that may be considered.
  • Refugee or Asylum Seeker status
  • Death of an immediate family member or friend
  • Long-term illness of a family member: illnesses considered as serious and long-term such as cancer or psychiatric illness
  • Severe family disruption including dealing with alcoholism or drug addiction
  • Divorce/separation of parents: difficult separation or divorce of parents including financial hardship and changed living conditions; requirement to change schools and social group
  • Natural disaster such as drought, bushfire or flood
  • Abusive living environment: physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse over an extended period by a person or persons close to the applicant
  • Disruption of education due to constant relocation: relocating to several different schools throughout secondary schooling, or disruption of education due to living or school location
  • Homelessness: you do not have a fixed address and do not live with your family or family members
  • Care leaver (applicants who have spent time in residential, foster or kinship care)
  • Discrimination on the basis of one’s own gender identity, gender orientations and/or, gender characteristics
  • Bullying, harassment or negative treatment because of personal characteristics such as race, religion, or gender identity
  • Excessive family responsibility: family is dependent on you for financial, emotional or physical support during your secondary education
For further information or clarification please go to:   http://www.vtac.edu.au/seas.html