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How To Apply for a VU Polytechnic course

Understand the process of applying and enrolling at Victoria University Polytechnic in five easy steps. Learn about what documentation you need to gather and how you can prepare to start your dream course at VU Polytechnic.

Applying for a course at Victoria University Polytechnic is easy. The hard part is choosing what to study from our wide range of TAFE courses at various study levels, including:

  • pre-apprenticeship (Certificate II)
  • apprenticeship (Certificate III) & traineeship
  • certificate I to IV
  • diploma
  • advanced diploma
  • graduate certificate.

Before you apply

Step 1: select a course

Find the TAFE course you wish to apply for.

You are encouraged to read all of the supplied information about your chosen course on the Victoria University website, before you apply. Please contact 1300 82 33 87 if you need further information.

Step 2: gather the documents you need

You will need to get a few things ready to submit along with your application.

Course specific documents

Check for any course specific requirements (these will be listed on your course page). Some courses may also ask for additional information as part of the application. These could include:

  • attending an interview
  • submitting a folio.

It is your responsibility to complete all extra requirements by the closing dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

If you are applying for a course that has a blended learning component, you will need to check the technical requirements. These are the suggested system and software requirements to ensure you have the best possible experience accessing our eLearning environment.

Identity documents

VU needs to be sure of your identity before we can assess your application.

Your proof of citizenship can be validated through a secure online service as part of your application. You will receive a link to the online service via email as part of your application process. Please follow the instructions in the email and your identity will be confirmed through an automated process.

Your proof of citizenship can be a:

  • birth certificate (not an extract)
  • passport
  • green Medicare card
  • certificate of Australian citizenship.

Documents for sponsored students

If you are a sponsored student and a third party is paying your fees for you (a sponsor), you must provide a completed and signed external sponsor agreement form.

Other personal documents

In addition to your proof of citizenship, other required personal documents may include:

  • your Unique Student Identifier (USI) number (apply for a USI (first-time students of tertiary education or training in Australia) or retrieve your USI if you have forgotten it)
  • a valid concession card (if you are a State Government subsidised student studying Certificate I–IV)
  • any relevant referral forms (if applicable)
  • copies of prior qualifications and other evidence (if you are seeking Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or credit transfer from previous study). If you need more information, please discuss this with your teacher at the pre-training review.

Concession card

If you hold a valid concession card you may be eligible for reduced tuition fees and Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Concessions are not available for material fees.

Concessions are available to students who:

  • are studying a Certificate IV or lower level course
  • are eligible to receive government subsidised funding
  • have a valid card.

You need to provide a certified copy of both sides of your valid concession card before the start of your course. If you do not, your SSAF and tuition fees will be charged at the higher Government subsidised rate (if eligible). Send the certified copies of both sides of your concession card via email through AskVU.

More information on concessions is available on the course fees page.

Step 3: check your eligibility for a government-subsidised training place

Victoria University Polytechnic will assess your eligibility for a government-subsidised place at enrolment.

The Skills First Program is a government fund that makes vocational education and training more accessible to people who don't hold a post-secondary qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold. If you are eligible, the government will contribute funds toward the cost of your training. Check if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place at the Victorian Skills Gateway.

Step 4: check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan

VET Student Loans assist eligible students in selected courses at diploma level or higher to pay all or part of their tuition fees. This means you can study now and pay your tuition later.

If you are eligible for assistance, the Australian Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Victoria University and records a debt against your Tax File Number with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Read more about VET Student Loans on the Study Assist website.

Find out your course fees and VET Student Loan caps for courses at diploma level and above.

Apply for a course via our online application

When you are ready to apply, follow the Apply Now link on the course page.

The online application will take you through the required steps. You can save the application and come back to it later if you need to take a break.

As part of the application process you are required to complete a pre-training review. This ensures the training you receive is at the appropriate study level for you, and best meets your needs.

If you do not complete all steps, we will be unable to assess your application. If you need any help please contact 1300 82 33 87 or GoToVU.

We will communicate with you via the email address you provided in your application. Please make sure you check it regularly, and don’t forget to check your spam/junk folder. If you need help you can contact us on 1300 82 33 87.

Literacy & numeracy assessment

On completion of your application you will receive an email which will provide a link to your literacy and numeracy assessment. This assessment is used to determine if Victoria University Polytechnic needs to provide additional learning support that may assist you in achieving your study goals. Make sure you complete this Literacy and Numeracy test otherwise we will be unable to assess your application.

After you apply

Accept your offer

You will receive an email with an offer. Secure your place in the course by clicking on the ‘Accept your offer’ link in the offer letter.

If you are using a computer or tablet to accept your offer, click on the blue ‘Accept’ button at the top right of the screen. If you are using a mobile phone, click on the arrow icon at the top right of your screen to reveal the ‘Accept’ button. We will then send you your timetable, any other course specific information information on how to enrol, and your course start date.

Accepting your offer means that you will be ready to enrol in the course and start your studies.

If you have difficulties logging in, more information can be found on Ask VU.

Check your enrolment

After accepting your offer you must confirm or update your personal and course/unit enrolment details through MyVU. It is your responsibility to ensure that these details are correct.

Pay any fees

MyVU displays your enrolment details, how much you need to pay and the payment due date (detailed on your Statement of Account (tax invoice)). Please contact us on 1300 82 33 87 if you find an error.

Find out how to pay your fees.

Set up your student email

As a VU student you are expected to check your student email at least weekly for important information and notices.

Your student email account will be available 24 hours after you have received confirmation of your enrolment. Learn how to set up your student email.

Collect your student ID card

After enrolling, you can obtain your VU student ID card by submitting your own photo online. Your card will be available for collection from your preferred VUHQ.

Your student ID card is also your library card.

Pick up your student diary

Your VU student diary is a great reference, with important dates, activities and contacts to help you with organising your student life at Victoria University. Please refer to your local course timetable for information on term breaks.

Student diaries can be collected from mid-January each year from student lounges and VUHQ.

Manage your enrolment

There are other important enrolment steps and information to be aware of including:

How applications are assessed

VET/TAFE course applications are assessed on:

  • the course entrance requirements (find details on your course page)
  • your academic suitability
  • your educational history
  • your work or other experience
  • your career or study goals.

Previous education or work experience

As a current or future student you may be eligible for credits towards your study through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competence (RCC) and credit transfer. This means you may be able to enrol in fewer units of study to complete your course.

When you apply online you will be asked to provide evidence of any prior study or work experience you have. We will take it into account when we assess your application and will let you know if you will be granted credit or RPL.

Indigenous opportunities

We encourage Indigenous Australians to apply for any of our courses.

Our Moondani Balluk Academic Unit (Wurundjeri for 'embrace people') provide support and advice to Indigenous Australians wanting to apply for a course at Victoria University Polytechnic, as well as providing current students with an ongoing culturally safe environment.

Contact Moondani Balluk staff to discuss course options, and the range of support services and pastoral care available.

Phone: +61 3 9919 2891 or +61 3 9919 2836
Email: [email protected]

You are also encouraged to submit a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) profile information form with your course application – this can help with selection for your chosen course.

Refugees & asylum seekers

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program helps asylum seekers and refugees gain access to VET courses. Under this program, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre can refer you to a range of subsidised and free training and apprenticeship-pathway courses.

If you are eligible, you won't pay course tuition fees in 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships).

Read about our courses and opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.

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