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Always list courses in order of preference.

Changing your course preferences is considerred a matter of course as you enter tertiary education. You may want to change your preferences if you have changed your mind about which course you most want to study, if a new course has become available and you would like to add it to your preference list, or if a course you had applied for has been cancelled and you want to replace it in your preference list.

There is no cost involved in changing your preferences. As long as you pay your course application processing fee, you can change your preferences as much as you like within the specified periods.

Tertiary institutions provide a range of seminars, workshops and hotlines to assist applicants with changing their preferences, and here are some of the basics on how to go about it for this year.

Change of preference is closed during each selection period (just before each offer round) but is open at all other times.

How to change your preferences

1. Log in to your VTAC account - To access change of preference you must log in to your VTAC account using your VTAC ID and PIN.

2. Open your course preference list - You can open your course preference list from the link on the home page of your VTAC account, or under Course application.

3. Add, delete or re-order your course preferences -You can add courses by using the institution and course drop down menus or by entering the course codes. You can delete courses by clicking on the red X to the right of each line. You can re-order your course preferences using the up and down arrows to the right of each line. Don't forget to list course in the order you would most like to study them, with the course you most want to get into at the top.

4. Submit your change of preference - Click on the Change my preference button at the bottom of the screen to submit your changes.

Tips for changing your course preferences - Selection authorities may make multiple offers to the same applicant, but you will only receive an offer for the highest offered course on your preferences.

If you don't list courses in the order you most want to study them you may end up missing out on the course you most want to do.

Check course selection criteria carefully

Keep in mind that the closing dates for any additional requirements in the selection criteria for courses may be soon or may have already passed.

Read the selection criteria carefully before adding any courses to your preference list, and contact the institution if you're not sure of the requirements. For more go to http://www.vtac.edu.au/

Some courses can't be added after certain dates

Some courses do not accept new course applications after a certain date. Check the course description and selection criteria carefully before adding any courses to your preferences to make sure the closing date has not already passed.

Don't delete and re-add courses - use the re-ordering arrows

If you delete a courses with an early closing date (see above) from your preferences, you will not be able to add it back to your application. To be safe, use the up and down arrows to re-order your preferences.

Changing your preferences during the offer rounds

Once you have received an offer you cannot delete that course from your preferences, however you can move it up or down your list, change the order of your other preferences or add new courses.

Don't forget to list courses in the order you would most like to study them, with the course you most want to get into at the top.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does change of preference work?

Change of preference will reopen after each offer round, and close before the next one (until the last round). While change of preference is open, you can add, remove, and re-order your preferences as many times as you like.

Can I change my course preferences after offers are released in Round 1 in January?

Yes, all applicants can change their preferences between offer rounds. The deadline for each offer round can be found in the table above.

What are my chances of getting an offer after the main round?

There is no certain answer to this question except to say that last year most offers were made in the first round of offers.

For example: In 2014/15 the number of main round undergraduate offers was 69,337, with an additional 3,602 offers being made in Round 2.

However if you want to change your preference to see what else you may be eligible for, the choice is yours. Remember, as long as you accept the offer by enrolling, you won't lose your existing offer and there are no additional charges for changing your preferences.

Will all courses participate in offer rounds outside main offer rounds in January?

Courses are not required to participate in future offer rounds.

The course I want to add to my preferences requires me to attend an interview, submit a folio, etc. Can I still add it to my course preferences?

When you add a course to your course preferences you must always ensure that you've met the prerequisites and selection requirements for that course. If the course you want to add has selection requirements, contact the institution directly as they may be prepared to allow you to fulfil the requirements before the next round of offers.

What if I don't get an offer, should I change my preferences?

If you don't get an offer you have two options:

Wait to see if you receive an offer in a subsequent offer round for your existing course preferences. You will be automatically reconsidered for all of your preferences in the next round.

Change your preferences by adding, deleting or re-ordering your course preferences for the next offer round.

Whichever option you choose, you remain eligible to receive supplementary offers (after Round 2) as long as you haven't received any other offer.

If I get an offer, can I still change my preferences?

Even if you receive an offer for a course you can still change your preferences before the next round.

Just make sure that you meet the prerequisites and have completed any selection requirements outlined in the course entry.

What if I get my first preference, can I still change my preferences?

If you get your first preference in an offer round, congratulations. If you want to change your preferences and see if you get an offer for one of the other courses included on your preference list or maybe add a new course, simply move your offered course to the bottom of your preference list.

That way, institutions will know to consider your course application in subsequent rounds.

Remember that you are not guaranteed to get an offer in any subsequent rounds, so make sure you follow the enrolment instructions available from your VTAC account by the deadline specified in the offer message.

Will accepting my offer lock me out of changing my preferences in future rounds?

No.

You can change your preferences as many times as you like, irrespective of whether or not you have already received an offer and enrolled or not.

If you have enrolled in a course and receive an offer in a subsequent offer round, all you need to do is contact the institution at which you have enrolled to withdraw.

If I don't get an offer am I still eligible to receive a supplementary offer after Round 2?

Yes.

If you haven't received an offer and have given VTAC permission to circulate your details to courses with vacancies, you will be eligible to receive a supplementary offer. At the same time, you can also reconsider your course preferences and add, delete or re-order your course preferences for the next offer round.

Can I still put in a negotiated offer?

Negotiated offers have been replaced with rolling change of preference. Instead of only being able to list one course on your negotiated offer application, you can simply add, delete or move your course preferences around for the next offer round.

Just make sure that you meet the prerequisites and have completed any selection requirements outlined in the course entry.

How do I know what courses are still actively selecting applicants after each offer round?

As in previous years, after the main round of January offers, institutions are not obliged to participate in subsequent offer rounds. Courses that know they will no longer be making selection decisions will indicate this and it will be shown against your references in your VTAC account. This will assist you in making smart change of preference decisions.

As there is no way to predetermine which courses will and will not be participating in subsequent offer rounds, you shouldn't wait until for the results of future offer rounds before you enrol to accept your current offer.

It is also the reason why:

It is important to get your course preferences as accurate as possible before change of preference closes in December; and

No subsequent fees are charged to applicants to change their preferences between offer rounds.

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