What’s a Personal Statement?

If you have already submitted your course application, you may be wondering if you can supply extra information to support your previous academic study. This could include work experience, community involvement or simply explaining why you are passionate about embarking on your preferred choice of future study.

Some courses only require you to submit an application and the relevant documentation associated with it; however some courses may want to know more about you. This is where the Personal Statement comes into play.

The Personal Statement is an online form available through your VTAC user account which gives you the opportunity to express yourself and give the selection officers a better understanding of who you are and what experience or motivation could be driving your decision.

The Personal Statement is a selection requirement for some courses – this means that it is compulsory to complete the Personal Statement in order be considered for selection in the course.

To check whether you should complete the Personal Statement, use CourseSearch to search for the courses in your preferences. The course description will say if you must submit a Personal Statement or not in the selection requirements section of the course entry.

You can only submit one VTAC Personal Statement, therefore it should address all your course preferences (that consider a Personal Statement) on the one form. The last question on the form gives you the opportunity to direct a specific statement to an individual course on your preference list. You can also check the institution’s information pages for institution-specific instructions regarding completion of the VTAC Personal Statement. You should keep your Personal Statement succinct.

You can view and edit your Personal Statement until the final VTAC Personal Statement closing date. See important dates.

To submit a VTAC Personal Statement, you must complete at least one section. Blank forms are not accepted. If you wish to provide a resume or reference letters with your personal statement, these can be provided by attaching them to a personal statement coversheet and posting to: VTAC, 40 Park St, South Melbourne VIC 3205.

The supporting documentation will then be scanned and attached to your application that is passed on to institutions.

Here’s the thing: If you complete the Personal Statement and it’s not required, you won’t be disadvantaged. So if you’re unsure, perhaps it may be best to write a personal statement and the institution will decide whether or not to consider it.

You can access a demonstration Personal Statement here, which takes you through all of the questions on the actual form; but don’t forget to fill in the real thing when you login to your user account.

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