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Get sure on your future. Whether you’re looking at changing courses or careers, considering coming back to university or just finishing Year 12, get all the advice you need and find the course that’s right for you at our Info Evenings.

  • Wantirna Info Evening

    4 pm – 6 pm

    Thinking about a career in early education, horticulture, nursing or trades? This is for you! Chat to course experts, tour the facilities and get all your questions answered.

  • Hawthorn Info Evening

    4 pm – 6 pm

    Get course advice for all levels of study, chat to our senior academics and course experts, ask questions and even sort out your application on the spot.


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Right here. No matter whether you’re looking to boost or change your career, or you want to wrap your head around VTAC and preferences – we’re here to help.

Contact us anytime or book a one-on-one.

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

If you’re a postgrad or international student, or returning to study, and there’s just one course you want to apply for, you can apply directly to us right now. It’s quicker, can be done anytime and there’s no fee to apply!

You’ll have to apply through VTAC if:

·         you’re applying to more than one course

·         you’ve previously created a VTAC account

you’re a Year 12 student. You’ll also need to put in your preferences through VTAC. Be quick though – the later you leave it, the more you’ll have to pay. Plus, it’ll be one less deadline to worry about.

We’re glad you asked. Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government initiative that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of a number of non-apprenticeship or apprenticeship pathway courses.   

You may be eligible if you are:

·         Under 20 years old, or

·         Enrolling in a course at a higher level than you’ve completed before.

Still not sure? Check out our handy explainer.

Firstly, are you sure you need to apply through VTAC? (Remember if you’re not in Year 12 and there’s just one course you want to apply for, you can save yourself the VTAC fee and apply directly to us right now.)

If you’re in Year 12 or applying to multiple courses you do have to apply through VTAC, but don’t worry – you’re not too late. You’ve still got time to apply for the courses you want. But you will have to pay a higher fee.

Very late course applications are open until 6 December, although the fee has gone up to $148.

For more info, visit the VTAC website.

Firstly, don’t worry. You’re definitely allowed to change your mind! In fact, you can change it as often as you’d like during the Change of Preference period at no cost, as long as you pay close attention to the dates listed on the VTAC website.

Keep in mind that the order of your preferences still counts, so preference what you love and be realistic in your choices. Make sure you also check for any additional requirements for the courses you’re preferencing (depending on what you’re applying for, you might need to submit a folio or undertake an interview). Finding it all a bit overwhelming? We’re here for you. Get in touch to chat with a friendly course expert.

It’s never a nice feeling when things haven’t gone to plan. But don’t fixate on it. Go for a walk, put on your favourite song (better yet, do both at once). Anything that’ll take your mind off it. There are always ways to reach your goals. And you’re certainly not defined by a number on a piece of paper.

There are many pathways you can take to study at Swinburne. Think of a pathway as taking a slight detour, or a different route, to the same destination. This could be a UniLink diploma, associate degree or advanced diploma, diploma or certificate – and it could lead you to a bachelor degree.

Find out all your options by speaking with us.

If you’re in Year 12, your ATAR is what will be considered for most bachelor degrees. You’ll hear two types of ATARs being talked about – a Guaranteed ATAR and Minimum ATAR. A course will either have one or the other.

If you achieve an ATAR that is equal to or higher than a published Guaranteed ATAR, AND meet all other entry requirements, congrats – you’ll be guaranteed an offer!

If your ATAR is below a Guaranteed ATAR and you meet all other entry requirements, your application will still be considered but you’re not guaranteed an offer. Got questions or want to talk options if this happens? Chat with us one-on-one!

If you achieve an ATAR (including adjustment factors such as SEAS) that meets a published Minimum ATAR, you’ll be considered for a place, but an offer isn’t guaranteed, as there will be additional requirements we need to consider, like an interview or test.

Unfortunately, if your adjusted ATAR is below this minimum then you won’t be considered. But don’t worry! There are always ways to get to where you want to go! Speak to us about your options. Make sure you check the VTAC website for a full breakdown of entry requirements.

Right here. We understand that life doesn’t always provide a smooth ride. That’s why we participate in the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). SEAS covers financial circumstances, health, location and other factors that could make you eligible for special consideration. It allows us to take any short- or long-term disadvantages into account when we process your application.

SEAS applications are now closed. But, if you’ve already applied and want to get a feel for how it could make a difference to you, try out our SEAS calculator. 

Plus, at Swinburne, we automatically apply regional adjustment factors for you. That means if you’re from an outer regional or remote community, you could gain a boost to your application – even after the SEAS deadline has passed.

Keep in mind though, a SEAS application doesn’t guarantee you an offer and you must still complete all the requirements listed under the selection criteria of each course. So go and double check those entry requirements.

Some of our courses, including education, nursing and aviation, have extra requirements in addition to your ATAR. This could mean an interview or another kind of task. Check the course requirements very carefully to make sure you don’t have a last-minute panic before applications close.

Need help? Give us a call.

We want every student to reach their potential. A scholarship from Swinburne might just help you get there a little easier.  Whether it’s by recognising academic achievement, financial hardship or the need to relocate, we can help.

There are plenty of scholarships you can apply for. See the full list on offer.

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is an aptitude test that we sometimes use as an alternative result to consider you for a place in a course.

It may be suitable for you if you’re a non-Year 12 applicant who doesn’t have a recent or standard Year 12 qualification, you completed your previous study outside of Australia, didn’t gain a satisfactory ATAR or you’re applying to a course for which STAT scores are taken into consideration.

There are two types – the STAT Multiple Choice and the STAT Written English and both are required for courses at Swinburne.  You can take the STAT at a test centre in your state, or online if you’re overseas or unable to get to a test centre. Up until 31 October, they cost $145 each to sit. After that, the fee increases significantly.  

You’ll need to book through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). STAT in Victoria takes place on Saturday 23 November. You’ll have to book before 12 November midnight AEST though!

For more information, visit the ACER STAT website. To see if the course you’re applying for accepts STAT results, check our course guide.

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