Don’t panic if you haven’t received the offer you were hoping for or if you didn’t pay your processing fee. You may still be eligible for future offers.
Did not pay your processing fee?
If you have registered with VTAC and submitted a course application, but not paid your processing fee you won’t have received an offer in this round. However, there is still hope.
By going your User Account and paying the processing fee you will be able apply for a negotiated offer and possibly a supplementary offer.
While there are no guarantees and the processing fee is non-refundable this opportunity provides you with a chance to go onto tertiary education this year. For further information about how to apply for a negotiated offer, read on. For more information about eligibility for a supplementary offer refer to the relevant section of this supplement.
A negotiated offer is an option to request an offer for a course that you won’t be considered for in the regular offer process.
You can apply for a negotiated offer for one of the following:
a course listed lower on your application than an offer you have received
a course not listed on your application
Not all courses accept an application for a Negotiated offer. To find out if the course you want accepts negotiated offer requests, contact the institution or check their website. For contact information, see Courses and Institutions on the VTAC website (www.vtac.edu.au).
What are my chances?
Your chances of receiving a negotiated offer depend on whether there are still places available, whether you meet the selection criteria and whether selection authorities are willing to make you an offer.
When to apply
You can only apply for a negotiated offer after Round 1 offers are released: after 9am 14 January 2013 for graduate-entry teaching courses or after 2pm 17 January 2013 for all other courses.
How to apply
First you must ensure that you meet the requirements for the course such as prerequisites and extra requirements.
Next you must contact the selection officer for the course to find out whether there are any places available and whether they are prepared to consider making you an offer. At this stage you should also check the final date they will accept applications for a negotiated offer and if the selection officer requires any documentation.
Finally you must complete the negotiated offer request in your VTAC user account (www.vtac.edu.au/account).
After you apply
If you apply for a negotiated offer, your request is forwarded to the course selection officer to consider. You can track the progress of your negotiated offer request via your VTAC user account (www.vtac.edu.au/account).
Pending status: If the status of your negotiated offer request is ‘Pending’, it is still awaiting a response from the selection officer. While your request is ‘Pending’ you can choose to remove it and submit another request for a different course or you can wait to be considered for higher preferences on your course application. You can only have one negotiated offer request ‘Pending’ at any one time.
Rejected status: If the status of your negotiated offer request is ‘Rejected’, you will not be offered a place in that course. You can submit another request for a different course or you can wait to be considered for higher preferences on your course application.
Approved status: If the status of your negotiated offer request is ‘Approved’, you will be offered a place in that course. If your negotiated offer request is approved your offer will be formalised through the VTAC offer system in the next round. You will receive an offer message in your VTAC user account and an offer letter by mail in the next offer round.
If your negotiated offer request is approved you cannot submit another request and you won’t be considered for any other offers through VTAC for this selection period.
If you have applied for courses through VTAC, you will automatically be considered, in Round 2, for:
- preferences listed higher than an offer you’ve received, or
- all preferences if you haven’t received an offer
Note: If you want to be considered for preferences which are listed lower on your VTAC course application than an offer you have received or a course that is not on your list of preferences, see the information on ‘Negotiated offers’.
Even if you are eligible, there are no guarantees that you’ll receive an offer in the next round. Course authorities can only make offers in future rounds if there are places available. Some courses may fill their quotas in Round 1.
Your chances of receiving an offer in the next round will vary for each course. However, in general, over 80% of offers are made in Round 1.