All Year 12 students in Victoria will be given the opportunity to be assessed in order to determine a fair university admissions ranking (ATAR).

“What we’re announcing today is that every single VCE student will be individually assessed and any adverse impacts from COVID-19 will be reflected in their ATAR ranking,” Deputy Premier James Merlino announced.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, each student will be viewed as a special consideration case. School closures, well being and mental health are some of the factors that will be considered in the process of determining students’ ATAR.

Deputy Premier James Merlino added that while students of other year levels still have time to catch up, for Year 12 students, this is their last year of school. Those who have been “severely impacted” by COVID-19 would have a significant change in their ATAR scores.

While the VCE exams will proceed as scheduled, students will be ranked based on where they are expected to be right now.

Students are expected to receive their VCE scores and ATAR by the end of 2020.

Merlino also announced that mental health practitioners will be available to assist in the rising number of mental health concerns and an additional $28.5 million will be allotted for the support of the mental health and wellbeing of disadvantaged students.