Victorian Students Receive First Round Uni And TAFE Offers

The wait is over for many Victorian students who will find out today if they have received a first-round university or TAFE offer.

Today there were 52,973 main round offers made to students for undergraduate and vocational courses.

For those wanting to pursue a career in teaching they will now need to have a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of at least 65, with this increasing to 70 in 2019.

The increase in the ATAR scores is aimed at ensuring teaching students in Victoria will be from the top 30 per cent of Year 12 graduates.

This year, the average ATAR score for teaching increased to 69.53, reflecting the Government’s changes.

These form part of the Andrews Labor Government’s reforms to raise the quality of teaching and status of the profession, create high quality pathways into teaching, improve the quality of teaching courses and develop excellence in early career teachers.

The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) issued 641 graduate entry teaching offers last week, and has already issued 2,547 offers to international students and 5,192 early round offers.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney congratulated all students who received an offer, and noted there were plenty of options for those who were not successful this time round.

Students can either wait on further rounds of VTAC offers or change their VTAC preference.

Another option is to approach an institution directly, including one of Victoria’s 12 publicly owned TAFEs or four dual sector universities. These institutions offer a wealth of hands on vocational courses, leading to great careers as well as pathways to university degrees.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We always said we wanted to raise the bar for those wanting to become a teacher to ensure we keep lifting standards in our classrooms.”

“We’re building the Education State, investing in our education and training system so Victorians can get the skills they need for the jobs and futures they want.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney

“TAFE, apprenticeships and traineeships all provide pathways to a great career and students should make sure they investigate all their education and training options.”

“We have made record investments in TAFE to ensure that all Victorians have access to the skills they need for the jobs they want.”