Change of preference FAQs

Discover everything you need to know about preferencing! Whatever your plan for next year, we’re here to support you.

When is change of preference?

Change of preference (COP) closes on 14 December, 2019 at 4pm, two days after ATAR release. COP reopens on 18 December, 2019 at 4pm after December offers are made. COP closes again on 20 December, 2019 and reopens on 16 January, 2020, after January offers are made. Final close is 24 January, 2020.

Need help? we're on hand to support you every step of the way. You can book in a one-on-one phone conversation or get in touch via live chat or our call Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888.

How do Year 12 students apply?

Current Year 12 students must apply through VTAC. You can list up to eight courses, in order of preference, within the VTAC application system. For upcoming round information, head to

What does preferencing a course mean?

Preferencing a course is when a Year 12 student ranks up to eight courses they’d most like to study in order of preference in VTAC’s application system. Once preferences are in, they may receive an offer for their highest eligible course based on their application and ATAR result.

How do I preference a course?

Visit VTAC and follow the prompts to create an account and enter your course preferences – you can preference up to eight courses. You’ll have 2.5 days after ATARs are released to change or adjust your preferences before the VTAC system closes while offers are being generated.

Who can help me with my VTAC application?

Need help with your VTAC application? Head to For technical assistance, refer to

Do I have to meet all course prerequisites?

Yes, regardless of your ATAR, if you don’t meet the course requirements as listed on VTAC then you aren’t eligible to receive an offer for that course. Why not think outside the box and use our pathway finder to explore what other options may be available to you.

Can I change my preferences after I receive an offer?

Yes, you can change your preferences after receiving an offer. You’re also still eligible to receive an offer for any courses listed above your current offer i.e. if you receive an offer for your third preference, you may still receive an offer for your first and second preferred courses.

When will I receive an offer?

The December round offers will be sent from 2pm on 18 December 2019. Whether you do or don't receive an offer during this round, you may still receive an offer in the January round on 15 January 2019 or February round on 3 February 2019.

Need help accepting your offer? We can talk you through the process. Waiting for an offer? It's not too late to re-order your preferences.

Who do I contact for help about my Deakin offer?

Get in touch with our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 or via live chat.