If you’re a high school student preparing to start uni, you’ll know VTAC preferences are paramount when it comes to studying something you love.

Whether you’re looking to learn more about preferences, how and when to change them, or how to access support and advice – you’re in the right place.

On this page you’ll find:

Swinburne 2022 Change of Preference Expo

A day on campus with your Year 12 peers to explore, meet the Swinburne community, get tailored advice on-the-spot, and find out how you can get more for your ATAR at Swinburne.

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    Swinburne 2022 Change of Preference Expo

    Join us at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus to take a tour, get advice personalised to you and your study goals, and update your VTAC preferences on the day (and with confidence).

    Tue 13 December
    10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Hawthorn Campus
    Free

What is Change of Preference?

Between August and February, there are various periods when you’ll be able to choose and change the shortlist of uni courses you’d like to end up in next year – also known as your VTAC preferences.

The window just after your ATAR and Year 12 results are released is a crucial Change of Preference period. This is your opportunity to make changes to your eight preferences for the main offer round in December.

You might want to tweak your preferences because your results were better than expected, you didn’t get the results you wanted, or just because you’ve changed your mind.

This is why – during the Change of Preference period –  you’ll be invited onto Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus so you can get advice in relation to courses, pre-requisites and your VTAC preferences.

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How Change of Preference works

  • Step 1: Submit your preferences

    Part of applying to uni as a Year 12 student involves submitting your preferred courses via VTAC in the order of most-preferred to least-preferred.

    Once your preferences are submitted, you can then use the various windows throughout December, January and February to alter your list if you need to.

  • Step 2: Your results are released

    On Monday 12 December, your Year 12 results will be released. Did you do better than expected? Didn’t get the results you were hoping for? Or, have you just had a change of heart? Here’s your first shot at rethinking your list.

  • Step 3: Visit Swinburne for expert and tailored advice

    During the Change of Preference period, you’ll be invited to Swinburne’s Change of Preference Expo where you’ll access straightforward course and preferences advice.

  • Step 4: And now we wait – for offers

    Enjoy a hard-earned holiday break knowing your preferences are resembling your uni goals and wait until the offers roll in, beginning with the December offer round.

    If you find that you’re still wanting to swap things in and out or up and down your list, there will be more opportunities to change your preferences throughout the February offer rounds.

ATAR Calculator

Want to see which courses you could get into with your expected results? Plug an ATAR into the ATAR Calculator to find out.

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Key Change of Preference dates

Download our Change of Preference calendar to make sure you’re on top of the important upcoming dates in relation to your results, preferencing, and starting the uni year.

2022/2023 Change of Preference (COP) Calendar

2022/2023 Change of Preference (COP) Calendar

To make your life easier, here’s one we prepared earlier. Introducing the Ultimate Offer Rounds Calendar.

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