You are required to notify the University if your personal information on your RMIT student record changes during your enrolment or periods of approved leave.

It is important that the information on your student record is correct throughout your studies as this information will be used for all official communications to you, and on your testamur.

Corrections

Before you enrol, if you see an error has occurred during the recording of your name, date of birth or gender identity, you must contact RMIT Connect so we can amend our records. 

Note: If you have received an offer in a vocational education program for a government subsidised place, correcting your date of birth may have an impact on your eligibility for your place. 

How to change your name

RMIT can update your legal name on your student record if it has changed. Unfortunately RMIT is currently unable to record your preferred name. Only your legal name will be recorded.

If you have legally changed your name, you must complete a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p) and submit it to RMIT Connect in person with an original or certified copy of a valid identity document that states your correct legal name.

Types of documentation that can be accepted for your legal change of name differ, depending on the reason for the change.

Please consult the table below for the appropriate form of evidence you need to provide:

Reason for name change

Document/s you need to provide

Marriage/registered partnership

  • Marriage certificate issued by a Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)
  • Registered Relationship certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)

Separation/divorce

  • Marriage certificate issued by a Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)
  • Registered Relationship certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent), and
  • Birth certificate issued by a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia (or overseas equivalent)

Name change

  • Deed poll – if name changed before 1 November 1986
  • Change of Name Certificate issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages – if name changed after the 1 November 1986, or
  • an overseas equivalent of either of these two document types

Order of name on testamur (certificate)

RMIT cannot issue your testamur in a name that is different from the name that appears on your RMIT student record. However, RMIT will allow you to select the order that your names appear on your testamur when you apply to graduate. If you legally change your name you can also indicate the name order for your testamur when completing a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p).

How to change your gender identity

You may request an update to your student record to reflect your gender identity. You may choose to have your gender recorded as Male (M), Female (F) or Other (X).

The option of selecting ‘Other (X)’ is available if you do not identify as male or female.

To amend your gender identity you need to complete a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p) and submit it to RMIT Connect (either online or in person). 

Generally, you will not be required to provide documentation to change your gender identity information held on your student record.

Note: RMIT is subject to government reporting and legislative requirements, and, in some circumstances, we may request evidence to verify your identity to ensure you continue to receive services and/or entitlements.

How to change your title

Available titles include:

  • Mr
  • Mrs
  • Ms
  • Miss
  • Mx (gender-neutral title and may be used by any person).

To amend your title, complete a Variation to personal details form (PDF 111kb 2p) and submit it to RMIT Connect (either online or in person). 

Documentation is not required to change your title.

  • View the details we have for you on record by selecting the myDetails tab in myRMIT (accessible via the Students homepage).
  • To make changes, select Update my details in Enrolment Online.

If you have completed your studies at RMIT and wish to change your address or telephone numbers, please contact RMIT Connect

If your citizenship or residency status changes after you enrol, you must notify RMIT as soon as possible.

Complete the Notification of change to citizenship/residency status form (PDF 44kb 2p) and submit it with your supporting evidence at RMIT Connect.

International students in Australia

If you are not an Australian citizen, permanent resident, permanent humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen, then you are a temporary resident and must pay RMIT’s international tuition fees until you have been granted permanent residency.

If you applied for your program as the holder of a student visa, changing your citizenship or residency status will impact your future study plans. For more information contact Info Corner.

Which type of fee place will I be changed to?

If your citizenship/residency status has changed after you have enrolled, and you have informed RMIT by submitting a Notification of change to citizenship/residency status form, you may be eligible for one of the types of places in the table below.

Higher education students

Proposed changes under the 2017 Higher Education Reform Package

The Australian Government has proposed changes to eligibility for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) for New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.

Subject to the passage of legislation, from 1 January 2018 commencing New Zealand citizens and permanent residents will not be eligible to access a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in undergraduate and postgraduate programs but will be eligible to take out an optional FEE-HELP loan.

Students already enrolled in a CSP will retain that place in their program if the reforms are introduced.

More information

Previous status

New status

Type of fee place granted

Onshore international (includes student, provisional or bridging visas)

  • Permanent resident (PR)
  • New Zealand citizen
  • Australian citizen
  • Permanent humanitarian visa (PHV)
  • A domestic full-fee place if you are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework program

or

  • Research Training Program (RTP) funded place if you are enrolled in a postgraduate research program.

Permanent resident (PR)

  • Australian citizen
  • Permanent humanitarian visa (PHV)

Your current type of fee place will not change.

 

If you are already enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), you must also complete a Request for Commonwealth support form for each program via the Government portal. You will receive an email from the government with a link to the portal and a unique passkey to enable you to log in and complete the form.

Permanent humanitarian visa (PHV)

  • Australian citizen

Your current type of fee place will not change.

 

If you are already enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), you must also complete a Request for Commonwealth support form for each program via the Government portal. You will receive an email from the government with a link to the portal and a unique passkey to enable you to log in and complete the form.

New Zealand citizen

  • Permanent resident (PR)
  • Australian Citizen

Your current type of fee place will not change.

 

If you are already enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), you must also complete a Request for Commonwealth support form for each program via the Government portal. You will receive an email from the government with a link to the portal and a unique passkey to enable you to log in and complete the form.

How to apply for a Commonwealth supported place

If you are granted a domestic full fee place in a higher education program and wish to be considered for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the same program, you need to reapply for a CSP in that program. Your application will be considered on a competitive basis along with other applicants.

Commonwealth HELP loans

Your new citizenship/residency status may make you eligible for a Commonwealth HELP loan. If you are eligible for an optional FEE-HELP or SA-HELP application, you may apply via the government's eCAF portal, including your tax file number, and submit it before your first census date if you wish to defer your fees.

Once your change of citizenship/residency has been processed, you will receive an email from the government with a link to the portal and a unique passkey to enable you to log in and apply online for a loan if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Vocational education (VE) and preparatory students

Previous status

New status

Type of fee place granted

Onshore international (includes student, provisional or bridging visas)

  • Permanent resident (PR)
  • New Zealand citizen
  • Australian citizen
  • Permanent humanitarian visa (PHV)

You must also submit an Evidence of eligibility and student declaration form (available from RMIT Connect) to determine the type of place you will be granted.

or

  • A domestic full fee place if you are not eligible for a GSP.

 

Permanent resident (PR)

  • Australian citizen
  • Permanent humanitarian visa (PHV)

Your current type of fee place will not change.

Permanent humanitarian visa (PHV)

  • Australian citizen

Your current type of fee place will not change.

New Zealand citizen

  • Permanent resident (PR)
  • Australian Citizen

Your current type of fee place will not change.

VET Student Loans

Your new citizenship/residency status may make you eligible for a VET Student Loan if you are enrolled in a diploma or an advanced diploma program.

How can I check my current status?

To check your current citizenship or residency status listed in your student record:

  • Log in to Enrolment Online
  • select My student record
  • under Personal details, select View name and demographic data.

Fee information