First preference

Put Federation first in your VTAC list to guarantee yourself real-life skills and the highest level of student support in Victoria*.

We are one of Australia’s oldest universities with a long and strong history and we draw on this experience to take us into the future. As a smaller university, we can be more agile, innovative, and progressive in our response to regional and industry needs.


Courses designed through industry collaboration

We’re Victoria’s #1 university for employability skills (Good Universities Guide).

That’s because we have a 152-year history of partnering with the community and industry to ensure we’re educating and training graduates for the jobs and skills needed for the future of work in booming regional areas.

We work hard so that work finds you

Given how closely we work with industry and community it’s no wonder our grads get jobs.

Federation has embarked on a journey to become the first Australian university to embed the globally recognised cooperative education model in all our programs. This means our students will have the opportunity to work with employers and build their work experience and resume, so they can go straight from their studies into their first job or their new career.

Support that never stops

Starting uni is a huge transition, but luckily for those attending Federation, we are ranked #1 in Victoria (*2022 Good Universities Guide) for how we support undergraduate students through their learning journey.

So you couldn’t be in more supportive hands throughout the transition from school to uni, or juggling study, work and play.

We have a range of student-focused programs, social activities, and services available that will help undergraduates and those returning to study feel supported throughout your time at Federation.

Check out our campuses in Ballarat, Berwick (Melbourne), Gippsland, Wimmera and Brisbane.

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Skip the queue and lock in your dream course with an early offer! We are now accepting applications for selected courses in 2023.

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5 questions about preferences you've been meaning to ask but haven't had the chance

1. How many preferences do I get?

You’ve got eight spots on your preferences list. Put your dream courses in your top three in order of the courses you most want to do. Keep adding and re-ordering your wish list before the application cut-off date on 2 December 2022 at 5 pm.

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2. How should I order my preferences?

Make your wish list based on what you actually want to do, and make sure you include pathway options too. What are pathways? They’re things like certificates and diplomas and they can lead to a degree. Preferencing them can reduce your risk of not getting any offers and, at the same time, put you closer to your dream course. Federation is known as a ‘dual-sector uni’, which means that as well as degrees, we offer certificates and diplomas – or pathways.

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3. How much attention do I need to pay to entry requirements, other than the minimum ATAR entrance score?

You need to know your entry requirements and plan accordingly. Select the ‘Entry Requirements’ tab on the course page to see exactly what pre-requisites you’ll need before your application will be considered. If you don’t meet the prerequisites, you might be able to re-route your application through FedUni’s Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST), which is equivalent to one single first-year subject, except with small classes and more support. You will be guaranteed a place in one of Federation's undergraduate degrees when you're done. This option is only available for some programs so be sure to check first.

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4. I applied for an early offer but haven't received my conditional offer yet. What should I do?

Keep calm and carry on! Just because you didn’t get a conditional offer doesn’t mean your application hasn’t been successful. We have had a lot of applicants and only a limited number of conditional offers. Once ATARs are released and you’ve met all the requirements, you’ll be sure to receive an offer via standard entry.

5. How does the VTAC process actually work?

Essentially, they act as the medium between universities and students, negotiating which university you’ve placed highest on your preference list will be interested in making you an offer. It could mean that you’ve been accepted into all eight courses on your list – but you only ever get one offer and they are the ones who will let you know.

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Over 400 courses available

Choose from over 400 TAFE or higher education courses.

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Aboriginal Education Centre

The Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) has a strong and vibrant cultural presence at Federation University with five offices based across the following campuses - Mt Helen, SMB, Wimmera, Berwick and Gippsland and is the central location for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters at Federation University.

We welcome all students, staff and community members to contact us and contribute to the life of the Centre.

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