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Before you study

Wondering how to get into higher education? Using your ATAR/OP score isn’t the only way, you may be able to use your VET qualification or be recognised for previous study or work. 

Check out the Beyond School Study Guide to help you make important decisions about your future studies. If you are unsure what to study, take the Career Quiz

It's also handy to compare courses and providers before enrolling. For example, you might only have access to complete the course online, so course delivery may be something you want to compare.

If you want to access HELP while you study, you should first make sure your provider offers Commonwealth assistance. If accessing a HELP loan is not an option, there may be a scholarship available to you.

Job-ready Graduates Package

On 19 June 2020 the Australian Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package). Changes proposed in this package affect student contributions and provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia. The majority of these changes will commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passage of legislation.

We encourage both current and new students who will be studying from 1 January 2021 to talk to their current or intended higher education provider to confirm how these changes may affect their individual circumstances. Further information can be found on the Job-ready Graduates Package page https://www.dese.gov.au/job-ready-graduates-package.

More information on the additional support for students in regional and remote areas, including the new Tertiary Access Payment and the guaranteed Commonwealth Supported places for Indigenous students can be found on the More opportunities for regional students page https://dese.gov.au/more-opportunities-regional-australia.