The University of New South Wales has announced plans to offer spots to top students from disadvantaged schools - regardless of their ATAR score.
The most comes as part of a push to have increased socio-economic diversity in the university cohorts, with 1000 spots up for grabs.
UNSW research shows that some students from disadvantaged schools were achieving ATARs significantly lower than the cut-off - and then performed just as well as other students in the university coursework.
"We don't want to be a university for the privileged few," vice-chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs told SMH.
"We want to be a university where anyone of talent can get the full benefits that the University of NSW can provide."