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Got questions about a course or more general queries about applying to uni?
Whether you’re a current Year 12 student or considering jumping back in to study, we’ve got the advice you need.

  • Wantirna Advice Night

    4 pm – 6 pm

    Considering a horticulture, nursing or early childhood diploma or certificate? Or starting a carpentry or electrical trade? Here’s where you can ask our teachers all your questions and score a tour of the facilities.

  • Hawthorn Advice Night

    4 pm – 6 pm

    Bachelor degree, postgrad or vocational – whatever is on your study horizon for 2020, chat with an expert, ask a current student anything (really, anything) and get the lowdown on university life. 

  • Aviation Advice Night

    6 pm – 8 pm

    Want your 2020 to really take off? Come to our Aviation Advice Night. Discover course content and industry partnerships – maybe meet your future co-pilot. If you’ve got your eye on a career in the sky, this is the event for you.  

  • Year 12 Advice Month

    9 am – 5 pm

    If you’re in Year 12 and your head is spinning with course, career, ATAR or VTAC questions – come and talk to a course adviser face-to-face. We’re here all month. 

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Of course! That’s exactly what our Change of Preference Expo is for.

You can ask questions and chat one-on-one with our experts about your preferences. Whether your ATAR was higher, lower, or just as you expected, we’ll talk you through all your options.


You certainly can. In fact, you can change your mind as many times as you like during the Change of Preference period at no cost. Just be sure to pay attention to the window close dates listed on the VTAC website. We’ve recapped all the important bits in this article, which also includes a handy download.

The first window closes 14 December at 4pm for current Year 12s from Victoria and Queensland – for all other current Year 12 applicants it remains open until 20 December at 4pm.

Current Year 12 international students also have until 14 December at 4pm to change their preferences.

Keep in mind, the order you put your preferences in is really important. Be sure to put your dream course first rather than just the one with the highest ATAR.

It’s also worth checking if any of the courses you’re preferencing have any additional requirements so you’re not caught short at the last minute.

Still not sure how bold you want to be?! Come to our Change of Preference Expo and we’ll answer any questions. Register now


It’s okay, you’ve had a lot going on – it’s a busy period. The good news is you’ve got until 6 December at 5pm to put in your preferences as a ‘very late application’. The not-so-good news? It will cost you $148.

Check out the VTAC website for more info.


Oh, good question! It depends on what you’re hoping to study next year. Your first step is to check the VTAC website for your preferred Swinburne course and clarify any entry requirements. If it’s listed through VTAC, then preference it as normal. If your preferred Swinburne certificate, diploma or pre-apprenticeship is not listed on the VTAC website, then you can apply to us directly. We won’t bite (promise).

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