Need help? Here’s some common questions about Change of Preference we receive each year
You will need to log in to your VTAC Online Application using your application number and PIN. Full instructions are provided once logged in.
Note: You don’t have to change all of your preferences. You can simply add, subtract or re-arrange which ever courses you would like to, it may only be one course or it may be all courses on your list.
Once Change of Preference has closed, VTAC sends the relevant institutions all of the courses on your final preference list and the following information:
- Your application details
- Your Year 12 study scores and ATAR (if applicable)
- Details of any other/additional studies (if any claimed)
- Your SEAS/Special Circumstances application, if lodged
If you miss the Change of Preference period your initial preference list will be processed and your choices forwarded to the institutions for consideration in round 1.
Note: To apply for a course that is not on your final preference list, you will get a chance to change your preferences during round 2. Please visit the VTAC website for dates.
There are a variety of options for you at RMIT:
Pathways through Certificate and Diploma programs
Vocational Education courses are Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, these can be added to your VTAC preferences to be used as pathways into higher qualification courses.
Apply directly to RMIT
We also have certificate courses that you can apply for directly to RMIT. Direct application programs are mostly certificates I, II and III. Please visit Study with us to find out if you can apply directly to the certificate program you’re interested in.
Traineeships and Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships are a good way to study while you work. RMIT has a broad range of apprenticeships and traineeships on offer.
Search the RMIT course listing
Single courses (subjects)
Single courses (subjects) are a great introduction to a field of study. If you plan to apply for full time courses in the future, you may be able to receive credits for your single courses.
More information about RMIT short and single courses
If you have not paid your processing fees in full you will be denied the option of changing your preferences. Your original list of preferences will be processed and considered for selection.
You cannot attempt to make changes outside the specific Change of Preference period.
For further information please contact VTAC (1300 364 133).
Clearly-in ATAR's are a product of the selection process, and therefore aren’t known until after selection takes place. After Change of Preference, institutions look at the list of students who have applied for their course and select students from this list. The ATARs of the students who have been selected form the basis of the Clearly-in ATAR.
- Published Clearly-in ATAR’s reflect last year's intake, and should be used as a guide only. ATARs can change from year to year.
- Please refer to the 2016 Clearly-in ATARs or the VTAC website for the most recent Clearly-in ATAR information.
- Where the Clearly-in ATAR is 30 or below, VTAC will publish N/A
- Courses with "RC" (Range of Criteria) select on a range of criteria, as outlined on the VTAC website. They do not have a Clearly-in ATAR.
- Courses which have 10 or fewer offers will have the opportunity to decide whether to publish the Clearly-in ATAR and or N/A.
- Certificate and diploma programs may use ATAR for selection, however these are not published.
If you have met the prerequisites and selection requirements you may add that course to your list of preferences. It is important to note that if you have not met the prerequisites and selection requirements you will not be considered for selection into the course. We recommend that you only add and re-order your preferences of courses for which you are eligible.
VTAC provides prompts to applicants ensuring that they check their details carefully. For example if you apply for a course that requires you to have submitted an extra requirement, such as a folio, VTAC will ask you whether you have done this. Please refer to the VTAC website to ensure you have completed any necessary extra requirements.
- Please refer to the RMIT Pathways page to find the possible pathways that students can undertake. These may include Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and Associate Degrees.
- If you still need more guidance please call Info Corner on 03 9925 2260.
Institutions are not in a position to tell you how to order your specific preferences. How you order your preferences should be based on which courses you would prefer to do.
The course that you would most like to do should be your first preference. Your second favourite course should be your second preference and so on, provided you are eligible. The preferences further down your list can be used to include pathway courses to your most preferred courses.
Each course at RMIT has a Selection Officer. It is this person's job to select students based on the prerequisites and selection requirements outlined in VTAC. This may include ATAR, folio, interview, selection tasks, personal statements or supplementary forms.
You can check the Selection Mode section of the specific course entry on the VTAC website to find out what criteria a Selection Officer will be using when making selections.
- Published ATARs reflect last year's intake, and can be used as a guide only.
- Clearly-in ATAR’s may change each year, either up or down due to a number of factors.
- Unfortunately we cannot tell you whether you will definitely get into this course or not. However if you have completed the required pre-requisites and selection tasks you will be considered.
Prerequisites refer to studies you must have completed to be eligible for a course. This information can be found on an RMIT course page under Entry Requirements or on the VTAC website.
For some courses you need to complete selection tasks as part of your application. In the VTAC guide these are referred to as selection requirements.
Selection tasks might include:
- attending an interview
- submitting a portfolio
- completing a supplementary information form or pre-selection kit.