How to apply

How to apply

Key dates

Applications open: Monday 3 June – Monday 26 August 2019

Offer rounds

You should apply as soon as possible as it can take up to six weeks to assess your application.

There are three offer rounds for Macquarie Leaders and Achievers. To be considered for an offer round, make sure you submit your application well in advance of the closing date and ensure you have listed your degree choices (up to five) in order of preference.

Close of preferences (change your degree preferences by this time to be considered for an offer in the corresponding round)

Offer release date

11.59pm, Sunday 11 August 2019

Thursday 15 August 2019

11.59pm, Monday 26 August 2019

Thursday 12 September 2019

11.59pm, Sunday 29 September 2019

Thursday 3 October 2019

Before you apply

1. Select your courses

Refer to the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers course list.

You can list up to FIVE courses in one application. If successful, an offer will be made to your highest eligible preference.

We encourage you to do your research, speak with your careers adviser, or contact us at Future Students, to help find the right course(s) for you.

2. Download, complete and sign the Supporting Information Form.

3. Apply online:

  • Visit the application portal and create an account – use your personal email (not school email) as correspondence will be sent to this email address
  • Upload your Supporting Information Form. You may only upload your form once. If the form is not completed properly, your application will be invalid and will not be considered
  • Select up to five course preferences.

School results

New South Wales Higher School Certificate or ACT Senior Secondary Certificate

Your Year 11 results will be accessed on your behalf via the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) or the ACT equivalent.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB), you must upload your Year 11 school results together with your application. If you haven’t authorised release of your results to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) via the Request for Results Service through your school’s IB diploma coordinator, you will need to send your official transcript to UAC. Otherwise you can contact the International Baccalaureate Organisation directly to organise the electronic release of your results specifically to UAC. For information on obtaining transcripts see the IBO website.

After you apply

Once you have submitted your application, we will send a confirmation email to your nominated email address. If you haven’t received the email, check your junk folder.

Check your nominated email regularly. We may need to get in touch with you if we need extra documentation.

Your application may take up to six weeks to be assessed.

Outcome of application

You will be notified of the outcome of your application via email when results are released at each offer round.

If you’re successful and receive an offer for the course(s) you applied for, follow the steps to accept your offer. We recommend that you complete your acceptance within two weeks.

If you are not successful in your chosen course(s) and are invited to consider alternative courses, follow the steps to change your course preference(s) to secure an offer.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Supporting Information Form

This form may be completed electronically and saved. Digital signatures are permitted for this application. You may also complete the form, print it for signatures and scan the completed form in one file for uploading to your application.

Part 1: Applicant details

Use your full (formal) name. It must be the same name you use to apply via UAC.

Part 2: Parent/Guardian details

If you’re under 18 years of age at the commencement of Session 1, 2020 (24 February 2019), parent or guardian details are required.

Part 3: Principal (or nominee) details

School referee details are required to be provided in this section.

This may be the school principal or their nominee such as the careers adviser or year adviser/coordinator. This indicates to Macquarie University that your school endorses your application and believes you would be successful to study at a tertiary level.

If you’re unsure who to approach at your school, seek advice from your career adviser.

Part 4: Example activities

In this section, you'll be required to provide up to three examples of your leadership and service activities while you were a Year 11 or Year 12 student. This may include voluntary or paid activities you participated in at your school, within your community or your family. No additional documentation can be supplied.

For each activity you must respond to the following questions:

1. Name of activity and organisation (maximum of 50 words).

List the name of the activity you undertook and the organisation.

2. Outline the tasks you undertook (maximum of 50 words).

Briefly describe the activity and your role.

3. Describe the outcome of your involvement for you as an individual, others and/or the community (maximum of 100 words).

Describe any significant achievements or outcomes as a result of your involvement, actions or contributions.

Highlight any ideas or strategies you initiated.

Identify how your involvement within the activity positively impacted others.

4. How much time did you commit to this activity?

You must have participated in these activities during Year 11 or Year 12 (i.e. undertaken in 2018 or 2019). You may have commenced these activities prior to these years; however, you must have continued to participate in or completed these activities during Year 11 or Year 12. If you commenced the activity prior to Year 11, list the total duration of your involvement.

List the duration and frequency of the activity.

5. You must provide the details of a referee who can verify your role and participation in this activity, or your application will not be considered.

Part 5: Reflection

You will be required to prepare two answers in response to:

1. What skills and qualities have you developed as a result of these activities? (maximum 150 words, short paragraph in sentence form)

2. Select one of the examples you have listed which you believe reflects your greatest achievement. Explain why you have made this choice. (maximum150 words, short paragraph in sentence form)

Reflect on the activities you’ve participated in and in your own words, explain what you’ve learnt from your personal connection with these activities. For examples:

  • Did you learn anything new about yourself and if so, what?
  • How will you use what you have learnt in the future?
  • How did you feel about your participation in the activity?
  • What was the most challenging aspect and how did you overcome it?
  • How has your participation positively affected individuals/your community/society?

Include specific personal examples or experiences in your response.

Part 6: Declaration and signature

Read the declaration and conditions carefully.

Provide your name, your signature and date the application. If you’re under 18 years of age at the commencement of Session 1, 2020 (24 February 2020), your parent/guardian details and signature are required.

Community service and leadership examples

Selecting examples

List activities undertaken during Year 11 and Year 12. You can include activities that you commenced prior to this time and continued during these years.

Prioritise activities:

  • with a leadership focus
  • where you made an active contribution to the community
  • which showcase the greatest level of achievement and outcome
  • that illustrate your passion, initiative and commitment.

Types of activities

You can include any examples that have a global, leadership, school or community service focus, such as:

  • Community service – volunteering for the Red Cross, Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Leadership – active participation in the school community in a role such as; school captain, prefect, house captain, SRC or member of a social justice committee, attendance to a leadership conference or camp or participation in the FIRST Robotics competition
  • Social justice – participation in the Model United Nations Convention or the Duke of Edinburgh’s program;
  • Parish or church – engagement in youth leadership through your local church or mission trip
  • Sporting or performing arts – coordination of a sports gala day for refugee children or a cultural performance for a community group or a leadership role within a sporting committee
  • Paid work
  • Family carer responsibilities
  • New South Wales Institute of Sport membership.
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