National Access Scheme

ANU awards National Access Scheme (NAS) Selection Rank adjustments for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and in recognition of difficult circumstances that you may have faced in your studies. Selection Rank adjustments are granted in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustment factors and maximum 10 equity-based adjustment factors) can be awarded. 

You may be considered for adjustment factors if you have:

  • applied through UAC for an eligible ANU Bachelor degree program
  • undertaken Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate
  • achieved an ATAR or equivalent at or above 70
  • not previously attempted tertiary study

 

How to apply

Adjustment Factors

Applicant Type

Eligible Programs

Application Process

Subject adjustment

Domestic and International UAC applicants for an ANU Bachelor degree program

 

 

 

ANU Bachelor degree programs with a Selection Rank requirement of 80.00-97.00 may receive subject or performance-based adjustments of up to 5. 

Senior secondary students do not need to apply for a subject-based adjustment from ANU. Subject-based adjustments are automatically added in accordance with the schedule. 

 


Performer (AMEB Grade 8) adjustment

 

Domestic UAC applicants for an ANU Bachelor

degree program

ANU provides performance-based adjustments for the achievement of an Australian Music Education Board (AMEB) Grade 8 or higher. Students with AMEB Grade 8 or higher are required to send a scanned copy of the certificate to domestic.admissions@anu.edu.au and include their UAC application number for assessment.


 

 



Educational Access Scheme (Equity) adjustment

 

 

 

 



Domestic UAC applicants for an ANU Bachelor

degree program

 

ANU Bachelor degree programs with a Selection Rank requirement of 80.00-97.00 may receive equity-based adjustments of up to 10.

 

ANU Bachelor degree programs with a Selection Rank requirement of 98.00 or above may receive equity-based adjustments of up to 5.

 

 

 

 

Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Educational Access Schemes (EAS). You must be able to demonstrate that you have experienced long-term educational disadvantage as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing. Senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is an eligible EAS school listed under the UAC S01C and S01E school lists.


Regional Partnership School (Equity) adjustment

 

Domestic UAC applicants for an ANU Bachelor degree program

 

All ANU Bachelor degree programs may receive Regional Partnership School equity-based adjustments of up to 5.

 

Senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is an eligible school listed on the Regional Partnerships Schools list.

Prerequisites/additional selection criteria apply for some programs, which must be met in addition to the published Selection Rank. Check the program description on the ANU Programs & Courses website for specific program information.

 

Subject and Performer Adjustment Schedule

Year 12 subject

Adjustment

Marks required for subject-based adjustment1

ACT2

NSW

QLD

SA/NT

TAS

VIC

WA

IB

Chemistry

2

159

Band 5

VH

B+

HA

35

67

Standard level - 6
Higher level - 5

English
(except ESL)

5

159

Band 5

VH

B+

HA

35

67

Standard level - 6
Higher level - 5

Languages
(other than English)

Indigenous Studies

Specialist mathematics

(major/minor or double major)3

5

142

E3

H

B-

CA

30

58

Higher level - 5

Physics

2

159

Band 5

VH

B+

HA

35

67

Standard level - 6
Higher level - 5

Music AMEB Grade 84

5

Successful completion

1. Scores listed in this table reflect the minimum grade required for adjustment factors to be awarded.

2. All ACT subjects must be completed as a Major at minimum, unless specified otherwise. The ACT marks indicated in this schedule are the scaled marks received at the end of Year 12. Refer to the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies for information on scaling in the ACT. 

3. ACT specialist mathematics must be taken as either a major/minor or double major to be eligible for subject adjustment consideration. This is equivalent to NSW Mathematics Extension 1 or 2. For subject equivalencies in other Australian states, refer to the UAC website

4. Music AMEB Grade 8 may be completed at any time during or prior to your Year 11 and 12 studies to be eligible for performer adjustment consideration. 

 

Educational Access Scheme (Equity) Adjustment Schedule

Category

EAS disadvantage code and description1

Adjustments

Financial Hardship

F01A - Youth Allowance/Austudy/Abstudy

Up to 6

F01B - Other Centrelink income

Up to 6

F01C - Exceptional financial hardship

Up to 6

F01D - Parental Family Tax Benefit Part A

6

Severe Family Disruption

H01A - Death of immediate family member/close friend

Up to 5

H01B - Life-threatening or severe illness of immediate family

Up to 5

H01C - Divorce or separation of parents or applicant

Up to 5

H01D - Legal matters

Up to 5

Excessive Family Responsibility

H03A - Care of children/other family members

Up to 6

H03B - Required to work to support family

Up to 6

H03C - Sole responsibility for care of self

Up to 3

Abuse

H04A - Abuse to applicant, parent/s, or sibling/s

Up to 5

English Language Difficulty

L01A - ESL/started school in Australia in Year 11 or 12

Up to 3

Personal Illness/Disability

P01A - Disability or long-term medical condition

Up to 5

Refugee Status

R01A - Refugee status

6

School Environment

S01C - Rural school

Up to 3

S01D - Studying Year 12 subjects by distance education or Access program

Up to 5

S01E - Disadvantaged school - low SES schools

6

1. Visit the Educational Access Scheme website for extended category descriptions and required supporting documentation. 

The ANU NAS adjustment factor schedules are correct at time of publication: December 2018. ANU adjustment factors will contribute to your Selection Rank when being assessed for your ANU Bachelor degree preference/s only. Adjustments do not change your ATAR or equivalent, but change your Selection Rank for your ANU program preferences.