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Returning from a gap year? Changing courses? Careers? Considering a triumphant return to university? Or, hey, you’ve just finished Year 12! Get all the details you need about studying in 2019 at our Info Evening – but remember – time is ticking. Classes start soon.

  • Postgrad Info Evening

    5pm — 7pm

    Chat with senior academics about the postgrad qualification that will take you to the next level. You can even do your application on the spot.

  • Hawthorn Info Evening

    4pm — 6pm

    Want to know about our certificates, diplomas and bachelor degrees? Chat with our specialist staff and have all your questions answered.

  • Postgrad Advice Sessions

    9am — 5pm

    All your questions, queries and quandaries about postgrad study can be answered in a one-on-one appointment with our specialist staff.

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Oh no! You just missed our Info Evenings, but don't worry! If you need some advice you can still contact us direct.

If you are interested in postgrad study and want some advice register for a Postgrad Advice Session

You’re one (big) step closer to making your dream a reality!

If you’re switching courses or universities, or you’re a gap year, mature age, international or postgrad student and there’s just one course you want to apply for, you can apply directly to us.

It’s quick and can be done any time. Plus, there’s no fee to apply!

Not sure how to get it done? Head to our how to apply page.

If you’ve already applied through VTAC and you’re looking to change your preferences, it’s not too late. For specific dates head to the VTAC website.

Firstly, are you sure you need to apply through VTAC? (Remember if you’re a gap year, mature age, international or postgrad student and there’s just one course you want to apply for, you can apply directly to us right now.)

And, if you haven’t applied through VTAC by 22 January, you can apply direct to Swinburne (yes, even if you completed Year 12 in 2018).

We’re glad you asked. Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government Initiative that will pay your tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 17 apprenticeship pathway courses from 1 January 2019. These include the Diploma of Nursing, Certificate IV in Engineering and Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-apprenticeship) among others.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • under 20 years old, or
  • enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before

If you don’t fit in to either of these categories, you could still have a chance! There are other eligibility factors too. Check out our handy explainer for more details.

View the full list of priority courses available at Swinburne.

Firstly, don’t worry. You’re definitely allowed to change your mind! However, you’ve only got a small window in which you can change it for January offer round one. If you want to change your preferences after offer round one there are multiple windows in which you can do it. Take a look at the dates listed on the VTAC website.

Keep in mind that the order of your preferences still counts, so be realistic in your choices. Make sure you also check for any additional requirements for the courses you’re preferencing to avoid a last-minute panic. 

Well, congratulations! All you need to do now is accept your offer and enrol to secure your place at Swinburne. Follow the steps in our online offer guides to help you through this process, and visit our Welcome page for handy hints on getting started at Swinburne.

What if I’ve deferred my offer? Well, you too can visit our offer guides and Welcome page for step-by-step guides. However, if your offer is for a certificate or diploma and you’ve applied through VTAC, you’ll need to complete the TAFE pre-enrolment steps.


We’ve got heaps of scholarships available. Search Swinburne scholarships for more information and to see a full list of what’s on offer.

For school leavers, if you scored an ATAR of 95 or higher, have preferenced a Swinburne degree, meet the selection criteria and receive an offer from us, you’ll be automatically considered for a Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship, plus entry into the High Achievers Program.

Yep, the start of classes seems ages away, right? Well, actually it all depends on what you’re studying and how. There are loads of dates you should get across. So we’ve rounded them up for you in one handy place. If you’re an international student, these are the dates you need to know about. And if you’re a local student, add these ones to your diary.

So, you’ve done some work experience or training and think you might already have some skills being taught in your course. Brilliant! You could be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, which means you could be granted credit towards a qualification and might get your course completed sooner. Find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning here.

You’ve got friends to see, sports to play, books to read, and – oh yeah – a job! Now, you’re keen to study. Seems like a pretty full plate. The good news is, for many of our courses, class times are offered at several times during the day, at night, online and sometimes even on the weekend!

To get the timetable that suits your life get your application in and enrol early when you receive your offer. 

Adjustment factors are things that Swinburne take into consideration when considering your application. They don’t alter your ATAR but they do increase your chance of receiving an offer from us to study a particular course by boosting your selection ranking.

These include:

  • Subject adjustments
     These are granted for particular Year 12 units that are relevant to the selected course. Visit the VTAC course listing for the full list
  • Early Leaders Program
    If you’ve completed at least one award category in our Early Leaders Program as part of your Year 11 studies, you’ll be automatically awarded adjustment factors
  • Regional
    Regional adjustments will be applied to all Swinburne applicants from outer regional and remote communities, where Year 12 is the highest level of study

Want to see how these could affect you? Check out our SEAS and Adjustment Factor Calculator.

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