|VTAC Personal Statement and supporting documentation for course applications||Close|
|Submission date to be considered for mid-year offers||June 10 (5pm)|
What is the VTAC Personal Statement?
The VTAC Personal Statement is available for applicants to provide to selection officers relevant information that is not collected as part of the VTAC course application. It allows you to provide information about your:
- Motivation for study
- Work experience
- Community experience
- Academic performance
- Languages other than English
- Other relevant information
You may outline any circumstances that have affected your academic performance in your VTAC Personal Statement; however, if you have experienced any circumstances of disadvantage you should also consider submitting the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS) application.
Who should complete the VTAC Personal Statement?
In most cases you must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement only if it is listed under Selection requirements in the course information for any of the preferences on your VTAC course application.
You may also choose to complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement if you wish to provide details to support your application such as work experience or your reasons for applying, or if it is listed as an Additional consideration. However, if the VTAC Personal Statement is not listed as a Selection requirement or Additional consideration for a course, the selection authorities may not consider the information you supply.
How to submit a VTAC Personal Statement
See a demonstration
You can view a demonstration before you start your real VTAC Personal Statement. The demo works just like the real thing, but you won't be able to save or submit anything you type. See VTAC Personal Statement demo.
1. Log in to your VTAC user account
To access the course application you must log in to your VTAC user account using your VTAC ID and PIN. The VTAC Personal Statement becomes available once you lodge a course application.
2. Open the Personal Statement
To open the VTAC Personal Statement, click on the 'Personal Statement' tab in your VTAC user account followed by the link at the bottom of the page.
3. Fill in the form
There are five sections that make up the VTAC Personal Statement. You only need to fill out the sections that are relevant to your course application.
Note that each section has strict character limits (letters, spaces and punctuation marks), not a word limit. Keep your responses brief and to the point to avoid going over the character limit.
3.1 General statement
Use this section to explain your motivation in applying for tertiary study. You might also like to describe your current field of interest and any future employment goals you have. Your answer in this section should be generally applicable to all of your course preferences. Comments directed to specific course preferences can be entered in the last section of the form.
3.2 Work and community experience
Use this section to provide details of all work and/or community experience relevant to your course preferences. You will be asked for details about your roles including where and when you held the role and the duties your performed, with space provided for you to make comments on each role. If you wish to direct comments to specific course preferences, identify the course in your comments. You will also be asked to provide details of at least one referee (maximum of three) who can comment on your work or community experience.
3.3 Academic performance
Use this section to provide details about any past or current academic relevant to your course preferences, briefly outlining the exact circumstances (whether positive or negative) and how they affected your academic performance.
Please note that this section is not used for special consideration. If you have experienced any disadvantage during your studies you should make a SEAS application.
3.4 Other languages
This section will ask about languages you are familiar with other than English. You will be asked how many additional languages you understand, what they are and how you would rate your ability to speak, read, write and understand each one.
3.5 Course-specific statements
Use this section to direct specific comments to any course on your preference list. You can enter a different statement for each course on your preference list. You might like to address your motivation for undertaking each course, and any employment goal or experience that is specific to a particular course.
4. Submit your VTAC Personal Statement
Click on 'Submit/save changes' to complete the process. You will receive a transaction number confirming your submission.
Tips for completing the VTAC Personal Statement
Check the character limits
Each section of the VTAC Personal Statement has strict character limits. Before you start writing your responses, open the form or run through the demo and make note of the character limits that apply to the sections you want to complete.
Prepare a draft before you start
Once you have started filling out your VTAC Personal Statement it is not possible to save a draft. It is a good idea to write a draft of your responses first so that what you ultimately submit is written to the best of your abilities and includes all relevant details. Writing a draft in advance will also help you make sure your responses fit within the character limits.
You can only submit one VTAC Personal Statement
The majority of your Personal Statement, such as your general statement, work experience, and language proficiency, should be broad enough to cover all of your course preferences. You can use the last section to direct specific comments to individual courses. You can also check if the institutions have any specific requirements regarding what to include. See individual institution pages and adapt your statement accordingly.
Making changes to your VTAC Personal Statement
After you submit the VTAC Personal Statement, you can view and edit your information until the closing date. See Dates and fees. Note though that course selection authorities may access your information earlier for selection in early offer rounds.