Karen Lomas
August 6, 2017

VTAC applications for 2018

I attended a VTAC applications for 2018 Briefing last week. There are quite a few changes this year, so there was a lot to take in!


I posted a blog about the  changes earlier in the year, as I heard Greg Craven, member of the Federal Government Higher Education Standards Panel, speak on the topic. The improvements are to the transparency required of tertiary providers in terms of the requirements of entry to courses. Parents and students were finding that they were not sure about what a university or TAFE was looking for in terms of ATAR and/or other requirements.

The easy ones are for design, performing arts and some study areas such as Medicine and Commerce degree programs. For design, for example, a higher education provider will want to see a portfolio. For performing arts there will be an audition. Students need to be prepared for these.

But these are not the only entry options for courses. It appears, on face value, that a year 12 or non-year 12 student must achieve a published ATAR, and that’s the only way to get accepted. This is not the case, and so professional and impartial careers support is very helpful to you and your child. It’s quite complicated to work it out on your own, particularly if your year 12 child is your first child to be considering higher education options.

Meanwhile, at the VTAC applications 2018 briefing for careers coach, the VTAC reps outlined a number of useful resources for parents and students:


– ABC of Applying free for every student (from schools)
– Year 10 guide/pdf download
– VTAC Videos
– CourseSearch
– September webinar is for parents and community

So VTAC applications for 2018 are open from tomorrow morning and remain open until the end of September. That allows plenty of time to look at courses in publications and on the websites of higher education institutions, and also time to attend the various open days and information sessions that are happening throughout August.

Please See my earlier blogs on this topic  and contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions on VTAC applications for 2018.

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