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Documentation guidelines

As part of your application, you may be asked to provide supporting documentation. This will happen if you’re applying for a postgraduate course, or if you need additional evidence to meet the General Entry Requirements or other individual course requirements.

Some courses, like the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice Conversion Pathway, can have unique requirements. You’ll need to make sure you check the individual course page for these in the Course and Unit Handbook.

When you’re applying through the application portal, you’ll be prompted to submit additional documentation. You can save your application, complete your documentation and then return later.

Personal Competency Statement

A Personal Competency Statement serves two purposes: it allows you to meet the General Entry Requirements and it allows you to tell us about your personal experiences. The idea of a supporting statement is to demonstrate your ‘capacity to succeed’ at tertiary study. Think of it as a job application where you are conveying to us your knowledge, skills, maturity and life experience.

  • What you have done to prepare for tertiary study
  • The reasons for choosing your preferred program of study
  • Your capacity for independent study
  • The skills, knowledge and abilities you believe will help you succeed
  • Your communication skills
  • Sources of support you have, or can put into place, to enhance your success at university
  • If you have an up-to-date resume, this may cover your academic and employment history.
  • Write the supporting statement yourself. We need something from you – not your friend or partner.
  • Try to write 1 to 2 paragraphs in each section of the selection criteria, and use full sentences wherever possible.
  • Include information about all courses of study whether complete or incomplete, including previous study at university.
  • Include information about skills gained from non paid work such as parenting and volunteer work.
  • Put your information in the context of how it is likely to help you with your studies.
  • Tell us about steps you have taken which demonstrate your interest in the area of study, for example – making enquiries with Faculty, reading relevant texts, attendance at Open Day.
  • Research the Course and Unit handbook online so that you are well informed about the Course you are planning to undertake and how you plan to meet the study requirements of that course.
  • Read back over your supporting statement before you submit it. This way you will pick up on basic errors.

Each of these criteria should be addressed individually. Please be sure to provide specific examples of how you meet the criteria.

Independent learning strategies relate to your capacity for self-directed study. They include:

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise tasks, manage time and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Evidence of self-motivation
  • Development of personally effective study techniques
  • Evidence of awareness of the workload and time commitments in tertiary study, the impact of study on your lifestyle, and of the financial resources required to complete the course

These relate to your ability to communicate clearly, particularly when using written and oral means. They also take into account your ability to interact effectively with others.

They include:

  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, correctly and concisely
  • Evidence of capacity to express thoughts logically
  • Evidence of ability to interact effectively with others, including the ability to work effectively in a team

This relates to your experience, expertise and achievements. You’ll also have an opportunity to demonstrate your personal readiness for tertiary education.

We’ll look at:

  • Any personal achievement that demonstrates ability, motivation or commitment
  • Attainment in formal and/or non-formal studies
  • Evidence of steps taken to gain study skills or improve skill levels
  • Completion of a formal tertiary preparation program
  • Completion of other studies, e.g. formal and informal training, as well as short courses
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust or adapt to new situations
  • Demonstrated ability to consider new ideas and viewpoints

These are the skills and knowledge required to be successful at university. They include:

  • Demonstrated ability to collect, analyse and interpret information
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Evidence of computer skills