How to apply

How to apply

Key dates

Applications are now open.

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Applications close Monday 31 August 2020 at 2pm.

ROUND 1 (AUGUST)2pm, 10 July 202011:59pm, 22 July 2020 2pm, 5 August 2020
ROUND 2 (SEPTEMBER)2pm, 10 August 2020 11:59pm, 19 August 2020 9 September 2020
ROUND 3 (OCTOBER)2pm, 31 August 2020 11:59pm, 23 September 2020 8 October 2020

Important information to know before you begin your application 

1. Use a personal email and not your school email when you create your application.

2. When completing Section 2: Qualifications

  • NSW HSC and ACT Year 12 students must check the details that appear in the application. You DO NOT need to upload any documents.
  • IB Diploma students must add the IB as a qualification and upload Year 11 results. A maximum of 5 high school result documents may be uploaded.

3. Once you have submitted your application you will be unable to change your responses to Section 3: Leadership & Community Activities.

4. Please read the details below to help you prepare your application.

How to prepare your application

1. Select your courses

Refer to the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers course list.

You can list up to FIVE courses in your application. Offer is 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. Obtain referees. These will include:

  • A school referee such as your school principal, careers adviser, year adviser or head teacher
  • Referees for each of the activities you have included in your application who are familiar with your participation

Note that your referees are not required to provide any supplementary written recommendations. However, you should notify the referees as Macquarie University may contact them.

3. Prepare responses to the Leadership and Community Engagement questions, as well as the teaching questionnaire if applying for teaching courses.  

You will need to provide a minimum of two activities and maximum of three to demonstrate your leadership and community engagement.

4. Apply online:

  • Visit the application portal and create an account when applications open – use your personal email (not school email) as correspondence will be sent to this email address.
  • Complete all questions including the questions related to Leadership and Community Engagement, as well as the teaching questionnaire (if applying for teaching courses)
  • Select up to five course preferences and submit.

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 authority.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB), you must upload your Year 11 school results together with your application.

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 in case we need to get in touch with you regarding your application.

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.

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 as soon as possible. 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.

Leadership and Community Engagement Questions

Part 1: Activities

You will be asked to provide a minimum of two and a maximum of three leadership and service activities whilst you were a Year 11 or Year 12 student. You may have commenced these activities prior to these years; however, you must have continued to participate in these activities during Year 11 or Year 12.

For each activity you are required to complete the following information:

Name of activity and organisation.

Outline the tasks/responsibilities you undertook (maximum of 500 characters).

Time committed:

[  ] one-off activity for __days; OR
[  ] __ hours per __ week for __ month/s

Referee's name:




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, or participation in the Duke of Edinburgh or similar programs
  • 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
  • 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 where you have developed leadership skills
  • Family carer responsibilities
  • New South Wales Institute of Sport membership.

Part 2: Reflection

You will also be required to provide an overall reflection on your included activities by answering two questions:

  1. What skills and qualities have you developed as a result of these activities? (maximum 1000 characters, short paragraph in sentence form)
  2. Select one of your activities which you believe reflects your greatest achievement/contribution. Explain why you have made this choice. (maximum 1000 characters, short paragraph in sentence form)

This section is for you to reflect on the activities you’ve participated in and explain what you’ve learnt from your personal connection with these activities.

For example:

  • 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.

Teaching questionnaire

If you apply for a teaching course, you’ll need to complete a questionnaire as part of your application. Your answers will be valid for all teaching preferences.

Here are prompts to help you frame your responses.

  1. Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you.     
    Describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.
  2. Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning and development activities that you have engaged in.   
    Describe how these leadership, community and/or learning and development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges. 
  3. Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule.
    Provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.
  4. Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome.
    Explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.

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