Accepting, Declining, Deferring, Enrolling

You’ve received an offer for a course. Now what?

Enrolment instructions will be emailed to you directly from the institution this week.

Accepting an offer

Receiving an offer does not confirm your enrolment in the course. To secure your place, you must follow the enrolment instructions sent to you by the institution making the offer. In some cases you may be required to attend enrolment in person on a specific date and time.

Accepting an offer does not stop the offer process and does not reduce your chances for future offers.

Declining an offer

You should only decline an offer if you are absolutely certain you wouldn’t take the course even if you don’t receive any other offers. To decline an offer, you don’t need to do anything.

If you do not enrol in the course on the date and time specified in your email, your offer will automatically lapse. The place that was offered to you will become available to someone else in a future round.

Deferring an offer

If you have received an offer for a course that you want to undertake but you don’t want to start straight away, you might be able to defer your place until the next semester or the next year.

Not all courses allow deferment. To find out if it is possible and what you need to do to defer, you should check with the institution. In most cases, to formally defer your place, you will need to submit your request in writing and you may need to complete an official form. In some cases, you may even need to attend enrolment.

The VTAC website provides a consolidated overview institutional policies on deferment.

What to do?

It’s recommended that you accept an offer you receive. Even if you are eligible, there are no guarantees that you’ll receive an offer in the next round.

If you receive an offer for a preference lower than number one, then you will automatically be eligible for an offer in a future round and if you have received your first preference as an offer, but have changed your mind, you can still change your preferences.

Course authorities can only make offers in future rounds if there are places available. Your chances of receiving an offer in the next round will vary for each course.

Before deciding whether to accept, reject, defer or change your preferences, read on to maximise your options for receiving and keeping an offer.

Enrolment

Specific enrolment details will be sent to you directly by the institution, after VTAC notifies you of your offer. You must follow the instructions to enrol.  In some cases you may be required to attend enrolment in person on a specific date and time. In most cases, you will need to supply photo ID to enrol.

To find your specific enrolment date and time, follow the instructions in your offer message. It’s important that you enrol on time, because in most cases the institution won’t hold the place for you beyond the set date and time.

If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), you must provide your Tax File Number (TFN) to enrol. For information about getting a TFN, see the Australian Taxation Office website, www.ato.gov.au or call 13 28 61.

General enrolment dates

Generally, enrolment is held in the last week of January (for Round One offers) or the second week of February (for Round Two offers)—you should make yourself available during this period in case you get an offer.

Your enrolment date

To find your specific enrolment date and time, follow the instructions sent to you by the institution. It’s important that you enrol on time, because in most cases the institution won’t hold the place for you beyond the set date and time.

What if I don’t receive enrolment instructions from the institution?

If you still haven’t received enrolment instructions more than two days after receiving your offer advice from VTAC, contact the institution directly.

What if I can’t enrol when I’m supposed to?

If you won’t be able to attend enrolment, you should contact the institution immediately and check whether they will allow an authorised nominee (someone you choose) to enrol on your behalf. If this is possible, you should provide your authorised nominee with the enrolment instructions and the list of subjects you want to enrol in.

Note: Assigning an authorised nominee for enrolment must be authorised by the institution making you an offer. This is a totally separate process to assigning an authorised nominee for your VTAC course application.

What if I miss the enrolment date?

If you don’t enrol by the date and time specified in your offer message, your offer will lapse.

If you’ve missed the deadline but still want to accept the course offer, contact the institution to see if there is still a place available, or if they will let you enrol late.

What type of course have I been offered?

The last digit of the course code indicates the fee type for the place you have been offered.

Course codes ending in ‘1’ are Commonwealth supported places (CSP). This means that you are required to pay only part of the cost of your place in the course because the majority of the cost is paid by the Australian Government (for Commonwealth supported places) and the Victorian Government (for government funded VET places).

Course codes ending in ‘2’: Domestic fee places. There is no contribution from the government. You will be liable for the full cost of the course.

Course codes ending in ‘3’: International fee places. You will be liable for the full cost of the course.

Offers for international fee places were released on the VTAC website at 2pm on Monday 9 January 2017.

Course codes ending in ‘4’: VET places with the fee-type not yet determined. Your eligibility for a government-funded place and the fees you are required to pay will be determined by the VET provider at enrolment.

Fee amounts and payments

To find out the amount you are required to pay and the payment options, refer to the tertiary institution that has made you an offer.

For information about government help to pay your fees, see the Study Assist website www.studyassist.gov.au

12 replies

  1. If I accept an offer, am I still eligible to receive offers for other preferences in the second offer round? I have decided that I would prefer to study the course I put as third preference, however I don’t want to decline the offer I received and be left without any course.

  2. Hi Steph,

    Yes, accepting an offer has no bearing on your chance of future offers. You will be considered for any higher preference courses in future rounds. (And we do recommend accepting the offer you’ve received now so that you have it as a backup – if you do get an offer for a more preferred course, you can go back to the first one and withdraw at that stage.)

    Regards,
    VTAC

  3. Hi, what date do the next round offers come out? And if I did not change my preferences (since they were already in the order I wanted), will I be eligible to receive a second-round offer?

    Thanks,

    Nina

  4. How long do people have to accept/decline 2nd round offers? Do you have any idea when direct application offers will be made for RMIT University? I presume it will be after 2nd round offer responses close, but I have no idea when that will be.

    Would really appreciate any information you can give me.

    • Hi Louise,

      The deadline is set by the institution making the offer, but is usually before the next offer round.

      You would need to speak to RMIT regarding timelines for direct applications as we don’t have information about that.

      Regards,
      VTAC

  5. I am currently in year 12 and will be sitting for vce this year.

    At this juncture I am still not sure what course do i want to pursue and i intend to take a gap year to sort of decide what i really like..

    Can I apply for a course later, say by end 2018, for courses starting in 2019?

    Thanks

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