Welcome to the Year 11 & 12 Hub. Here you'll find everything from events for students and parents to exam prep, important dates and deadlines, explainers, VTAC preference help, application help, and more. 

On this page you can:

Make your VTAC preferences count 

Want to get more for your ATAR? Get all the info and advice you need on Change of Preference so you can maximise your offers for every round. 

Explore Change of Preference resources

VTAC key dates and deadlines

Key periods Dates and deadlines
Timely VTAC application period Monday 31 July – Thursday 28 September
Late VTAC applications Thursday 28 September – Friday 3 November 
Very late VTAC applications Friday 3 November – Friday 1 December 
Exams October through November
VCE results and ATAR release Monday 11 December (or Thursday 4 January for International Baccalaureate students)
Change of Preference Monday 31 July – 13 December (VIC) or Friday 15 December (ACT, NSW, QLD, and TAS)
Offer rounds (domestic year 12 students) December through February. Visit our Change of Preference page for key offer dates and Change of Preference deadlines.

To see the full list of 2023-24 SEAS and scholarship deadlines and VTAC dates, visit the VTAC website.

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Support, special consideration, scholarships and more

Feeling supported through your studies is just as important to your education as what you learn. And at Swinburne, you’ll have access to heaps of free support services – both when you study with us, and before you start your student journey.

Are you eligible for special consideration? 

If there are circumstances or obstacles which have impacted your studies and your academic results, you may be eligible for special consideration via the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

SEAS considers a range of factors that may have the ability to affect your performance and results, like your financial situation, your health, or your living circumstances.

SEAS categories are: 

Category 1 – Personal information and location

Category 2 – Disadvantaged financial background

Category 3 – Disability or medical condition

Category 4 – Difficult circumstances

Because the past few years have been particularly challenging, many students are likely to meet one or more categories that may qualify them for special consideration. We recommend talking to your school about applying for SEAS.

See more about the Special Entry Access Scheme

Scholarships aren’t just awarded for academic achievement, they’re also awarded to promote gender equity, to counter personal hardship, to assist with financial needs, to recognise community and volunteer work. There are scholarships available to students from a refugee or migrant background, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and for students relocating from a rural or regional area.

See the full list of Swinburne scholarships

At Swinburne, we believe education should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstances. That's why we offer a range of study pathways to take you from a certificate to a uni diploma or degree.

Using a pathway program, you'll get academic credit to move through the qualification levels.

Want to know which pathway options exist for the course you’re interested in? Try our Pathway Planner and find out.

Pathway options

The Moondani Toombadool Centre is the department responsible for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Swinburne, including student support, Indigenous teaching, learning and research, and celebrations like NAIDOC Week.

As a Swinburne student, you’ll have access to community and support through Moondani Toombadool, like the Indigenous Study Success Program, the Indigenous Student Lounge and more.

Looking at applying to study with Swinburne? Before you do, take a look at the exhaustive list of scholarships available to Indigenous students, they cover everything from study supplies to relocation and more.

Scholarships for Indigenous students

If you’re a student living with a disability, medical or mental health condition, or carer responsibilities, you are eligible for support at Swinburne called AccessAbility.

First, you’ll need to register for AccessAbility. Then you’ll work with an AccessAbility advisor to develop an Education Access Plan to make sure your studies and student life work for you. Your advisor will also be able to connect you with all the support services you might need throughout your studies.

Learn more about AccessAbility support

Swinburne students can access a wealth of free and easy advice and assistance because we know that your mental health, physical health, and stress levels are all tied into how you do in your studies (and in your life altogether). Access support services like psychology and counselling, financial advice and assistance, study help, our medical and sexual health clinic, and more. On campus or virtually. 

See our health and wellbeing services

Before you commence your studies, make sure you’ve had a look at the government financial assistance that may be available to you, like ABSTUDY, Austudy, and Youth Allowance, HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, SA-HELP, as well as loans, grants, fees and discounts

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Want to chat to us about your options?

Our friendly team are here to help. Book in for a video call, face-to-face appointment or phone call and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions.