Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today said that students from the Tamworth electorate will have a better chance of securing a university place this year under a new agreement between the NSW Government and the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


Mr Anderson said the NSW Government and UAC have agreed on a more equitable way of distributing bonus points and places for university entry.


“Students from socio-economically disadvantaged areas, Aboriginal students and those from remote rural and regional schools have been under-represented in tertiary education.


“The NSW Government is addressing this imbalance through a new measure that identifies schools whose students deserve to have automatic access to benefit from UAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS).


“The EAS may provide participating students with either several crucial bonus points that can make the world of difference, or access to an allocated place,” Mr Anderson said.


Public schools in the Tamworth electorate that will benefit include:


  • Barraba Central School
  • Bullimbal School
  • G S Kidd Memorial School
  • Manilla Central School
  • Tamworth High School
  • Gunnedah High School
  • Peel High School


Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said the socio-economic measure will be the Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI), which was developed by the Department of Education and Communities and is used to distribute needs-based funding to public schools.


“Forty-two schools are new to the list and the total number of schools eligible will expand to about 270, including 155 in regional and remote areas,” Mr Piccoli said.


Approximately 1300 more students from public schools in regional and remote areas of NSW will have access to the program this year, as compared to last year, with a total of over 5,000 students from these areas attending identified schools.



The Managing Director of UAC, Andrew Stanton, said universities had welcomed the cooperative consultation process that developed the new methodology.


“This new list ensures that universities are able to continue the EAS process introduced eight years ago to automatically generate an EAS application for students attending these schools who apply through UAC,” Mr Stanton said.


Mr Anderson said that the EAS also accepts applications from individual students whose schools are not included in the schools list, but who have experienced disadvantage.


Details can be obtained from the UAC website


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