KWONG LEE DOW SCHOLARS PROGRAM – Applications Open for Year 10 Students
Each year, the University of Melbourne offer at least one student from each school in Victoria the chance to be selected for the Kwong Lee Dow academic enrichment program. This involves students participating in events as well as accessing resources, UoM facilities and opportunities to support their academic development and develop their leadership potential and networks. More information about this program can be found here

Eligible students will:

  • Have a B+ Average across their school studies to date in Years 9 and 10
  • Have a clear sense of the study area/s they are interested in pursuing at the University of Melbourne once they finish secondary school
  • Be engaged in extracurricular activities either within the OLMC community or their own local community

Expressions of Interest are due by 9.00am on Thursday 1 September via details listed on SIMON.

A virtual Parent Information session covering the VTAC Application process was held during the Parent Student Teacher Interview Evening on Thursday 4 August. A recording and slides are available for parents to access via PAM along with key dates for Open Days and Tertiary applications.

An Information session for students was held during Lesson 3 Pastoral on Tuesday 16 August. Slides and details have been emailed to all Year 12 students and also are available on SIMON. Any student intending to apply for Semester One, 2023 courses at either TAFE or University will need to create an account and should be in the process of considering their course options and the order of these for their VTAC preference list.

SEAS and Scholarship applications can also be submitted through the VTAC application with key dates for these listed below.

The details of course applications submitted by each student is confidential and no information can be provided by VTAC or OLMC to anyone except the student themselves.

Please diarise the dates listed below:

Key Dates for 2022 - 2023 Applications

Applications open
$44 for current Year 12 students

9:00am - Monday 1 August 2022

Latrobe ASPIRE Early Entry Program applications close

Friday 16 September 2022

RMIT Early Offer Program applications close

Sunday 18 September 2022

ACU Guarantee Early Entry Program applications close

Friday 23 September 2022

Timely applications deadline

5:00pm - Thursday 29 September 2022

Swinburne Early Entry Program applications close

Thursday 6 October 2022

SEAS applications close

5:00pm - Friday 7 October 2022

Scholarship applications close

5:00pm - Friday 7 October 2022

VU Guaranteed Early Entry Program applications close

Friday 7 October 2022

CASPer Test Deadline for December Round Offers to all Teaching Courses & VU Nursing degree

Sunday 13 November 2022

ATAR released

From 7:00am - Monday 12 December 2022

Change of Preferences close

4:00pm - Wednesday 14 December 2022

December Round offers released

Wednesday 21 December 2022

Full list of dates: https://www.vtac.edu.au/dates.html

I will be available to support students throughout the Change of Preference period after their results are released on Monday 12 December. Details will be made available closer to this date on how to access this one-on-one support.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)
Students who have had their academic results affected due to personal circumstances are encouraged to submit a SEAS application through their VTAC account. Based on the assessment, aggregate point adjustments may be applied, improving the Selection Rank calculated for courses at participating institutions. The 4 categories for SEAS are:

Category 1: Personal Information and Location

Category 2: Disadvantaged Financial Background

Category 3: Disability or Medical Condition

Category 4: Difficult Circumstances (including consideration of COVID remote learning impacts)

Many parents and students have asked about considerations for students based on COVID and the significant impact this has had on student learning over the last few years. It is important to understand firstly that all ATAR calculations will be based solely on the results achieved by this cohort, all of whom have been affected by lockdowns and remote learning at the same time in Victoria. The ATAR is not a score achieved, but rather a rank in direct comparison to the performance of all other students in this year level and as a result, there is a natural consideration of the impacts of COVID through this system.

However, students who feel their educational results have been negatively impacted due to financial disadvantage, a disability or medical condition or difficult personal circumstances they have had to cope with either short term or long term are encouraged to carefully consider applying for adjustments. For SEAS applications related to Category 3 or 4, students will most likely need to write their own Impact Statement and ask an appropriate person to provide a Statement of Support. For Category 3, it is recommended that a medical or allied health professional provide this Statement of Support and students are encouraged to book appointments well in advance of the 7th of October deadline to ensure these requirements can be met.

To enrol in their tertiary courses early in 2022, all students will need a TFN so now is a good time to apply if your daughter does not have one. Tax File Numbers can only be obtained through the Australian Tax Office. For more information, visit https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/apply-for-a-tfn/australian-residents---tfn-application/

Melinda Williams
Careers Coordinator