Who can apply?

Newstep is open to people aged 18-20 years. You are eligible to apply for Newstep if you are turning 18 – 19 during the year of Newstep, and one or more of the following criteria:

  • you have completed Year 12 but did not meet the requirements for entry to a university degree program; 
  • you have not attempted Year 12 but have completed a post-secondary academic qualification; 
  • you have not been able to complete Year 12; or
  • Due to adverse circumstances or disadvantage, you have been unable to complete senior secondary school

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or have Australian permanent residency status.

Prospective students who are aged 20 years or more are eligible for the Open Foundation pathway program.