VU is a dual-sector organisation. Victoria University (VU) Polytechnic offers TAFE courses that act as a pathway into higher education, or as stand-alone courses that can lead to a successful career.

Preparing your application

Before you start your application, make a checklist of the tasks you’ll need to do. Tick off each item as you go.

We’ve made a list of some of the documents you might need for your application.

If you've studied in Australia you may need to provide copies of your Academic Transcripts and certificate of completion.

If you've studied overseas, you’ll need certified copies of your academic documents. Staff at VUHQ (Student Service Centre) can sight your original documents and certify copies for you.

Proof of work and/or life experience could be a copy of your current CV (resume) or Position Description (PD). You may also need a supporting letter from your employer outlining your duties, responsibilities and duration of your employment/volunteer work.

You may be able to access a VET Student Loan (VSL) if you are enrolling in a VSL-approved course at Diploma level or above.

Depending on your country of birth and/or your parents’ country of birth, you may need to provide a passport, birth certificate and/or your parents’ birth certificates to apply for a loan. Read more about the exact requirements< and your obligations in confirming citizenship status and fee eligibility.

Staff at VUHQ (Student Service Centre) can sight your original documents and certify copies for you.


As part of a Victorian Government-subsidised training program, the course tuition fees for some VU Polytechnic courses are covered.

Courses offered as part of this Free TAFE program align with skills and jobs that are in demand by Victorian employers. To find out more and to see if you’re eligible, visit Free TAFE at VU Polytechnic.

Some courses may have additional selection tasks that need to be completed or submitted as part of the application. It is your responsibility to check this on the course page and complete all required tasks by the application closing dates, otherwise your application may not be considered. Check the course page on our website for each course you are interested in, as application dates may vary, with some courses closing earlier than others.

Additional information may include:

  • a supplementary information form
  • referee reports
  • an interview, audition, information session and/or workshop
  • a folio
  • a test e.g. CASPer (non-academic attributes test) or LANTITE
  • a Literacy and Numeracy (L&N) assessment (TAFE courses only)
  • pre-training review (TAFE courses only).

You will receive an email requesting more information if you have applied directly to VU and not submitted the required supporting documentation.

Submitting your application

Remember not to include original documents with your application as they won’t be returned to you.

Once you've prepared and collated all the information and documentation you need to apply for your course, note there are two ways to apply to study at VU.

Most applicants can apply direct to VU Polytechnic. If you have applied online directly to VU (via our Admissions Centre), we will acknowledge receipt of your application via email and let you know if you need to provide any additional documents.

When providing additional information to VUHQ (Student Service Centre), please clearly identify the course you have applied for, your name and date of birth.

Exceptions to applying direct

There are a couple of exceptions to applying direct when the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is open. Applicants who fit the either of the following descriptions should apply or make amendments to preferences via VTAC:

  1. You are a current 12 student, and your chosen course is listed with VTAC.
  2. You have already submitted an application to VTAC for the current intake.

Current year 12 students must apply for a course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) if their chosen course is offered via VTAC. Non-year 12 applicants can also choose to apply through VTAC.

If you’ve applied through VTAC, you’ll need to submit your documents directly to them. Find out how to supply documentation to VTAC.

What’s a non-year 12 applicant?

You are considered a non-year 12 applicant if you:

  • have previously attempted or completed post-secondary study at Certificate IV or above
  • are currently enrolled in an Australian/overseas Year 12 study or program (including the IB) and have post-secondary studies at Certificate IV or above
  • have not completed Australian or overseas secondary studies and have no post-secondary studies at Certificate IV or above.

Pathways to further education

Pathway is a term we use to refer to the different ways you can get into a course or transition between courses at different levels.

You can start your education journey at certificate or diploma level at VU Polytechnic and pathway into a degree or even a PhD at VU, sometimes with credit/advanced standing. You can exit and re-enter education at any time during your career to specialise, re-skill or change careers.

If you aren’t yet eligible for entry into an undergraduate course, one of our selection officers may recommend you start in a pathway course as this will help you step towards your chosen career in a way that supports your success. Find out more about applying through pathways.