How to apply

Ready to apply? Go for it! You can apply directly to us at any time.

Your application process will vary depending on your circumstances.

If you’re a mature age, gap year or current Swinburne student and applying for just one course, you can follow our handy step-by-step guide below and apply directly to us today.

If you are a Year 12 student or you’re applying for multiple courses with intakes that are listed in VTAC, then you’ll need to follow these steps but apply through VTAC. Likewise, if you’ve already created a VTAC account in the past year, you’ll need to apply and update your preferences through VTAC. Be aware that VTAC has strict deadlines – so check what they are to stay on top of them.

Ready? Let's go.

1. Choose your course.

This kinda goes without saying. But if you’ve found your way here and you’re still umming and ahhing, go back and get clear about which course is for you.

Keep in mind, the Victorian Government is offering the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative, so check if your preferred course is on the list and you could be up for some financial savings.

Picked your course? Great! Now – quick question – is it an apprenticeship or traineeship? If so, read the instructions at the bottom of this page as your application process is different. If not, read on - you're ready for the next step!

2. Understand and gather your supporting documentation.

All direct applications require supporting documentation. This will include proof of your identity and citizenship and any other documents specific to your course (such as a portfolio). Be sure to carefully read the course page for details.

For VTAC applicants, follow the guidelines on the VTAC site.

Want to know more? Here’s what to expect when you apply directly:

Pre-Training Review (PTR)

The Pre-Training Review is a government initiative and all vocational education (TAFE) students must complete this before receiving an offer. It’s a series of questions and the answers you give will help Swinburne staff in ensuring you’re offered the most suitable course for your intended outcome.

Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) evaluation

The government requires Swinburne to evaluate the language, literacy and numeracy levels of students. The results help us to support you in your course selection and identify any extra support you might need. You’ll be asked about your Year 11 and/or 12 Maths and English units and, depending on your responses, you may need to complete a Maths and/or English assessment.

Skills First assessment

To determine if you’re eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place to help fund your course, you’ll be asked to complete a series of questions. The Skills First Program is a Victorian Government scheme that helps people access vocational education and training.

Provide ID

Swinburne uses an electronic identity verification service to assist in determining your eligibility for enrolment and other things like Government funding. To verify your identity and citizenship, you’ll need a combination of the following documents, including at least one photo ID:

  • Australian Driver’s Licence
  • Australian Passport
  • Australian Visa (with Foreign Passport)
  • ImmiCard
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate
  • Medicare Card
  • Australian Birth Certificate

Some examples of combinations are:

  • Australian Driver's Licence and Green Medicare Card
  • Australian Birth Certificate and Australian Driver's Licence
  • Australian passport only


3. Apply.

Yep, you’re ready to do this!

Apply directly for your diploma, certificate or pre-apprenticeship using Swinburne’s online application system. If you’ve followed the above steps, it should only take you about twenty minutes. If you’re a current Swinburne student, simply log in with your student number and password.

For those needing to apply or update preferences with VTAC, you’re ready to go, too. Woo!

Applying for a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or traineeship

If you're applying for a pre-apprenticeship, you can follow the above steps and apply directly to us online.

However, apprenticeships and traineeships have a different application process. 

Before you enrol in these programs, you need to find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship in your chosen field. 

You do this in the same way you would look for any job. Check newspapers and the internet for job advertisements, or contact employers directly and ask if they’d be willing to employ you as an apprentice or trainee. 

Once you’ve found employment, your employer will need to register you through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC). They can find their nearest AAC by calling 1800 639 629 or going to the Australian Apprenticeship Centre website.