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Section One – Welcome to the National Theatre

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer.” - Einstein

Hello and a very warm welcome to the National Theatre Drama School. Creativity is a natural human expression. It’s a necessity for human evolution. At the National, we seek to nurture and encourage this creativity.  

We commit to you and your training over a three year period. Because creative artists need time. Time to grow, develop and mature. You need to invest the time to discover the artist you want to be.

Our creative staff have been producing and nurturing artists since 1936, making us Australia’s original actor training academy. We employ working actors, directors and teachers who train our students with knowledge of the real world and all its demands. The caring and supportive nature of our staff are second to none.

The training at the National is up-to-date, comprehensive and fresh. You will draw upon the teachings of Stanislavski, Mike Alfreds and Michael Chekhov. Classes include Shakespearean text, Suzuki, American text, Theatre creation, Film, TV and new media training, Yoga, Clown and voice and bodywork.  Student public performances are held in our black box studio or the National’s 800 seats main stage theatre.

It’s also a very exciting place to study. Located in Melbourne, Australia, we are a five-minute walk from the famous St Kilda beach, with a large selection of cafes, restaurants and a booming nightlife second to none. Supermarkets, medical centres and other amenities are all within a 5-minute walk from your campus.

We pride ourselves on the many successes of our students.

Our graduates have made promising careers all over the world. From Hollywood heavyweight Bella Heathcote to local success’ like Kat Stewart, Richard Cawthorne, Richard Tucker and music theatre mainstay Esther Hannaford.  Also, look out for rising star Harvey Zielinski in the soon to be released Quibi series ‘Don’t look Deeper’ directed by Catherine Harwick.

If you’re looking to audition for The National, you couldn’t have picked a better time to join our fresh, new direction.

Come create with us.

We look forward to seeing you at the National,

Trent Baker

Director of Drama

INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL INFORMATION

The National Theatre Drama School Melbourne is a leading actor training institution in Australia. The school delivers full time acting course and a range of part-time acting courses in stage performance and acting for film and television. This includes the three-year Advanced Diploma of Acting, an accredited professional training course, the part-time Preparatory Course, Adult Short Courses and the Youth Drama Program.

The National Theatre Drama School has a long and distinguished history of professional actor training.

Graduates include Logie award winner Kat Stewart (Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder and Underbelly), Hollywood star Bella Heathcote (Neighbours, 50 Shades Darker, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows) Musical Theatre heavyweight Esther Hannaford (King Kong, Beautiful the musical, Little Shop of Horrors) Richard Cawthorne (Killing Time and Bikie Wars), Heath Ledger scholarship winner Brett Tucker (McLeod’s Daughters), and Singer/cabaret artist Geraldine Quinn

Advanced Diploma in Acting

Course Code: 10073NAT                                Cricos Code: 095283J

Duration: 3 years (22 contact hrs per week) between 9 am-6 pm Monday to Friday.

Fees 2021: $31,950.00 (paid over 3 years)

Funding Support: Vet Student Loan (limited at $15,793.00 per student) Austudy, ABStudy & Scholarship.

Entry Requirements: Entry requirements: Students must be 19 years or over by the 1st of January the year their studies commence. Students must have completed Year 12 High School or equivalent. Acceptance is by audition only. This course is open to international students. Students must meet all requirements and pass all units of competency in each subsequent year to obtain the qualification.

Auditions for 2021: All auditions will be conducted via video in the first instance for international, interstate and local students. Audition submissions can be sent at any time from September onwards. View the full audition process here. All places will be finalised by mid-December 2020. On rare occasions, and if a place becomes available, we may accept applications after this date – contact drama@nationaltheatre.org.au if you are interested beyond this date.

Term 1 begins on Monday 1 February 2021. All students are expected to attend an orientation day in the week prior to this. 

Location: National theatre Melbourne.

Code Title  
CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices Core
ACTPRF605A Create performance pieces Core
ACTPRF601A Demonstrate a range of body awareness techniques in performance related activities Core
ACTPRF602A Demonstrate techniques to physically release the voice in performance related activities Core
CUAPRF304 Develop audition techniques Core
ACTPRF603A Explore techniques to enliven and embody text in performance related activities Core
ACTPRF604A Explore the key elements of the theatrical experience Core
CUSOHS301A Follow occupational health and safety procedures Core
ACTPRF607A Prepare, rehearse and perform stage plays for public performance Core
ACTPRF606A Produce, promote and present an original public performance Core
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services Core
CUFIND401A Provide services on a freelance basis Core
ACTPRF608A Rehearse and perform for the camera Core
CUVRES401A Research history and theory to inform own arts practice Core
Course Information

The Advanced Diploma of Acting (course code 10073NAT) is a nationally-accredited, full-time, vocational-training course which aims to prepare students for professional careers as actors and performance-makers in theatre, film, television and new media.

Working closely with a range of experienced Industry professionals students undertake a rigorous and highly-integrated program of skills training while also working autonomously to further nurture and develop their talent. Students are expected to continuously maintain and refine their professional goals, demonstrate a strong commitment to themselves and their chosen art-form and work with passion and engagement to realise their full potential.

The First Year of the course focuses primarily on the physical and vocal development of the performer; regular voice classes and an introduction to a variety of movement techniques form the basis of the initial studies. The first Semester also includes an introduction to aspects of the performing arts landscape and features of the current live theatre, film and television industries.

In the Second Semester, students begin a concentrated study of text work which also forms the basis of the work in the first half of the Second Year. Also in this Second Year, the skills and techniques of devising original work are introduced and students are given regular opportunities to experiment with a range of content and styles as one way of informing acting choices and promoting original problem-solving skills. Acting for the screen, rehearsal techniques for stage and the demand s of public performance are also introduced in this period.

The focus in the Third Year of the course is on preparation for entering the Industry. Advanced Screen acting and audition techniques, refinement of live performance skills and the development of performance-creation and presentation methods are all directed towards career building following graduation. The presentation of an Acting Showcase (for live performance) and a Show-reel (for the screen performances) ensures that the work in the course is seen locally and nationally by a wide range of agents and Industry figures.

The course runs over three years and eligible students may be able to get VET Student Loans, capped at $15,973 per student and Austudy assistance to support them in their studies.

Drama Scholarships

The Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the Warrnambool based G & E Jones Foundation, a scholarship to the value of $6000 will be available to a young adult currently resident in the Western District of Victoria who successfully auditions for the Advanced Diploma of Acting at Melbourne’s prestigious National Theatre Drama School in St Kilda.


The Nicolson Award

To honour the life and work of Tasmanian-born actor, Gerda Nicolson, the Trustees of the Nicolson Foundation have made available a one-year Scholarship, valued at $5000, which is distributed amongst the students for a limited subsidy on tickets to theatre productions over their three years of study. Gerda Nicolson worked regularly with many of Australia’s leading theatre companies and was a core cast member of the popular TV series, Bellbird.


The Cybec Scholarship

The Cybec Scholarship, valued at $5,000, is awarded to a Second or Third Year Advanced Diploma student who, in the opinion of the Director and Staff, have demonstrated their professional potential and that they would benefit significantly from financial assistance. The funds are to be used primarily for the payment of tuition fees.


The Florence Young Scholarship, awarded by the Tallis Foundation

This Scholarship, named in honour of a much-loved, early 20th Century Australian stage star, is valued at $4,000. It is awarded to a Second or Third Year Advanced Diploma student who, in the opinion of the Director and Staff, has demonstrated their professional potential and can show that financial assistance would significantly benefit them. The funds are to be used primarily for the payment of tuition fees.


The Lisle Jones Award

This Scholarship named in honour of the much respected and loved former student, actor and teacher at the National Theatre, Lisle Jones is valued at $3000.It is awarded to a Second or Third Year Advanced Diploma student who, in the opinion of the Director and Staff, has demonstrated their professional potential and can show that financial assistance would significantly benefit them. The funds are to be used primarily for the payment of tuition fees.


The W.P Carr Award

This Scholarship, named in honour of the National Theatre’s creator is valued at $1000. It is awarded to a Second or Third Year Advanced Diploma student who, in the opinion of the Director and Staff, has demonstrated their professional potential and can show that financial assistance would significantly benefit them. The funds are to be used primarily for the payment of tuition fees.

Other information

Uniform Requirements

Individual trainers may have specific clothing and equipment requirements for their classes and students will be informed of these in the first class. Comfortable loose clothing should be worn (no jeans or jewellery) Towels, deodorant and basic hygiene products are essential. 

Resources

The courses fee structure includes the cost of any mandatory texts and video material. The school has an extensive library of secondary sources which are available for loan to all students. There is an allowance made per Semester for theatre visits and excursions and the school provides computer and internet facilities in the school’s computer lab. A diary or notepad is required for journaling of class activities.

 Career Guidance

The school maintains close contact with a range of respected industry professionals many of whom teach in the Advanced Diploma program. In the third year students work closely with these industry reps and produce a Showreel which is circulated nationally to casting agents, and also present a showcase to the industry.

Studying at The National Theatre Melbourne

 

Student ID Cards

All students will be issued with a student card and student number. This card must bear a current photo and be signed by the student to be valid.  Concessions are available to students of the National Theatre Melbourne on presentation of their card.  Public Transport concessions are available to students of full time courses by completing a concession form

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

All students (including International) undertaking vocational education and training must hold a USI and provide it to the National Theatre Melbourne during the enrolment process.  If students do not provide their USI, the National Theatre Melbourne will not be able to issue any Certificates or Statements of Attainment for units of competency or qualifications completed.  For more information about the USI visit www.usi.gov.au or speak to the School Administrator.

Facilities

The National Theatre Melbourne has 4 studios, all with tarquet flooring and mirrors, whiteboard, projector, desks and video equipment.  A large theatrette is used for rehearsals and performances. There are smaller studios equipped with television and camera facilities.

There is a small library for students consisting of relevant drama and dance related plays, books, journals, magazines, sheet music, videos, CDs. Students also have access to IT facilities (computers, printer and photocopier) and kitchen facilities.

Professional Representation

Students who have professional representation should advise their agent at the commencement of their course that they will generally not be available to take work or attend auditions or castings that conflict with class times.  All exceptions will be at the discretion of the School Director.



Orientation Day

Students are required to attend an orientation day prior to the start of their course.  The aim of the day is to provide students with information about studying at the National Theatre Melbourne, and for interstate or international students, about living in Melbourne.  It will include information on the following:

  • Information on the course of study and timetable for the year
  • Fees, charges and VET Student Loans (where applicable)
  • Student Handbook, including information on Policies and Procedures  (Support services, refunds, deferral, suspension and withdrawal, complaints)
  • Student ID card
  • Contact Details
  • Melbourne information, public transport, banking, health services.
  • Fire safety, evacuation and OHS
  • Unique Student Identifier information
  •  

You will be notified by your School with the details once you have accepted your place on the course.

 

Graduation

The Ballet and Drama School both hold annual graduation ceremonies for all students who have successfully completed their accredited training courses.

The Ballet graduation ceremony is at the end of the year, usually in Mid December.  The Drama graduation ceremony is held the following year in March.

National Theatre Student Policies

National Theatre Melbourne 2019 Fees and Charges

 Course fees and any additional charges are published in this document and are correct at the time of publication. Fes and charges are subject to change throughout the year, the School Administrator will confirm the fees and charges to be paid upon enrolment.

All fees must be paid prior to the start of the course, unless you are paying via the VET Fee Help system, this is automatically organised by the School and you will receive a ‘Commonwealth Assistance Notice’ detailing the amount paid.

Drama School Fees and Charges

Course Year Duration (weeks) TuitionFee Additional charges Total Fee
10073NAT Advanced Diploma in Acting 1 52 10,300 0 10,300
10073NAT Advanced Diploma in Acting 2 52 10,300 0 10,300
10073NAT Advanced Diploma in Acting 3 52 10,300 0 10,300

VET Student Loan Scheme

VET Student Loan Scheme

 

The National Theatre’s Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses are eligible under the loan scheme.  Students who enrol on any of these courses may be eligible to apply for assistance under the loan scheme, to pay for all or part of their Course Fees.  The VSL scheme is not available to support any other study or living costs you may incur whilst enrolled with the National Theatre Melbourne.

 

What is the VSL scheme? 

VET Student Loans (VSL) is a Government student loan scheme for the VET (Vocational Education and Training) sector.  It is part of the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) to help students pay their fees when studying, with eligible organisations, at Diploma level or above.

 

How does it work?

If you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply for the loan and the Australian Government will pay (all or in part) the course fees on your behalf. 

 

The debt is incurred gradually, as you enrol in units of study and progress through your course. There are four census dates per year aligned with the four terms of the courses where fees become applicable for all enrolled students.

 

Census dates for all courses are published on the website.

 

Students who access VSL will have a loan with the Australian Government and students then repay the loan through the Australian Tax system once they reach the minimum income threshold level for repayment - currently $45,881. This means until you earn over this amount you will not start to repay your loan. 

 

Updated information on repayment thresholds can be found at Study Assist.

  

 

Eligibility

You will be eligible to apply via The National Theatre Melbourne for a VET Student Loan if you meet the eligibility criteria and the student entry procedure. 

 

Citizenship or Residency

You must meet one of the following:

  • Are an Australian citizen; or
  • Are a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets long term residency requirements; or
  • Are a permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia for the duration of the unit).

 

Academic Suitability 

All students must pass an audition to gain a place on our courses and once you are enrolled on an approved course (Diploma or Advanced Diploma) you also need to meet the academic suitability requirements for the VSL scheme. 

 

You must be able to provide one of the following:

 

  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate (Senior Secondary Certificate of Education); OR
  • Display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved LLN assessment tool and the National Theatre Melbourne reasonably believe that the student displays competence; OR
  • Provide a copy of a successfully completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV or higher qualification that was delivered in English.

 

You must also:

  • Be enrolled with an approved course provider and studying the course primarily at a campus in Australia;
  • Have a not exceeded your HELP Loan limit.
  • Be 18 years or over, or have a parental consent form signed by a responsible parent or guardian; OR 

Provide the receipt of an assessment of youth allowance that shows the student is independent within the meaning of Part 2.11 of the Social Security Act 1991; (evidence is from Centrelink Income Statement noting this assessment).

  • Meet the academic requirements of the student entry procedure; 
  • Meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements; 
  • Have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) or are otherwise exempt.
  • All required documentation must be given to the School Administrator. You will be contacted directly by the Government’s eCAF system and your loan application form must be submitted via the eCAF System by signing in to the Government's eCAF System and verifying your information on or before the first census date and no less than two (2) business days after enrolling.
  • If you do not complete your request for a VET Student Loan via the eCAF System by the required census date, you will not be eligible for the VET Student Loan for the unit/s of study in the qualification. You will have to wait until the next study period to re-apply. You will need to make tuition fees payments for the unit/s of study in which you are enrolled for study.
  • Whilst you are enrolled in a course and accessing a VET Loan, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will contact you to verify periodically to check enrollment status. It is therefore important to ensure all contact details are kept up to date with the Ballet and Drama School administration offices. 

 

VET student loans will not be approved for any applicants who do not meet all the eligibility requirements.

 

For more information on eligibility requirements please visit the VET Student Loans website or download the VET Student Loan Information Booklet.

 

VET Student Loan Caps and Limits

You can borrow up to the VET Student Loan cap to pay your tuition fees. The cap varies depending on the course you are enrolled in.  The maximum amount for 2020 is $15,793 for all eligible students at The National Theatre Ballet and Drama Schools.

 

The VET Student Loan Limit is a lifetime limit linked to all Government funded loans in the HELP system and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make. More details on lifetime limits can be found through Study Assist.

 

Loan Fees

There is a 20% per cent loan fee, which is applied to VET Student Loans. The fee does not count towards your student loan limit. The loan fee is 20% of the tuition fees charged for your units–and it is calculated for each individual unit as you undertake your course. The loan fee is only applied to each unit that is paid for with a VET Student Loan.

 

For example, if you are undertaking a unit that costs $1,000 the loan fee is 20 percent of $1,000 = $1,200. As such, your VET FEE-HELP debt for that unit will be the cost of the unit ($1,000) + the loan fee ($200) = $1,200.

 

Important Information to remember if you are thinking of applying for a VET Student Loan:

  • It is a loan and is a personal debt until you have repaid it. The National Theatre Melbourne is not responsible for your debt.
  • The loan is repaid once your earnings reach a published threshold, this can affect your after-tax earnings until the debt is repaid. Depending on the size of the debt it could affect your borrowing capacity. 
  • There is a loan fee of 20% applicable to each loan you are granted.
  • Loan applications apply to a full course of study, but payments are made on a unit by unit basis. You can take a loan for the full amount per unit or you may choose to pay some of the fees yourself.
  • A census date is the date the Commonwealth Government pays your fees on your behalf for the unit(s) that you have started. You will incur your debt on this date for each unit of study that you are enrolled in and have applied for a loan to pay the fee.
  • There are four (4) census dates per course - published on the website.
  • You may cancel your enrolment by:
  1. Withdrawing from each VET unit of study on or before the census date; and
  2. In accordance with the National Theatre Ballet and Drama Schools’ withdrawal policy.
  • Withdrawal will result in the student:
  1. Not incurring a VET Student Loan debt; and/or 
  2. Receiving a refund for any up-front course fee payments made on or before the census date.

 

Please note withdrawal after the census date incurs the loan debt and can only be refunded in certain cases.  Please see the Policies and Procedures in our Applicants Guide to VSL document to find out more about the application process. 

 

Students may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a VET Student Loan.

 

Further Information

 

Students are encouraged to read the VET Student Loans information booklet for the latest information or visit the Study Assist website

 

For information about personal tax and VET Student Loan debts contact the Australian Tax Office

 

Academic Suitability

All students must pass an audition to gain a place on our courses and once you are enrolled in an approved course (Diploma or Advanced Diploma) you also need to meet the academic suitability requirements for the VSL.

You must be able to provide one of the following:

  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate (Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education); OR
  • Display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved assessment tool and the National Theatre Melbourne reasonably believe that the student displays competence; OR
  • Provide an IELTS score of 5.5 or above; OR
  • Provide a copy of a completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV or higher qualification that was delivered in English.

You must also:

  • Be enrolled with an approved course provider and studying the course primarily at a campus in Australia;
  • Have a FEE-HELP balance that is more than $0
  • Be 18 years or over or have a parental consent form signed by a responsible parent or guardian;
  • Meet the academic requirements of the student entry procedure;
  • Meet the Tax File Number (TFN) requirements;
  • Have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) or are otherwise exempt.

All required documentation must be given to the School Administrator and your loan application form must be submitted by the first census day no less than two business days after enrolling.

VET student loans will not be approved for any applicants who do not meet all the eligibility requirements.

For more information on eligibility requirements please visit the VET Student Loans website or download the VET Student Loan Information Booklet.

Vet Student Loan Limits

You can borrow up to a Vet Student Loan Limit to pay your tuition fees.  This amount for 2020 is $15,793 for The National Theatre full-time courses.

The Vet Student Loan Limit is a lifetime limit and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make.

Loan Fees

There is a 20 per cent loan fee, which is applied to VET student loans for fee-paying/fee for service students. The loan fee does not count towards your student loan limit. The loan fee is 20 per cent of the tuition fees charged for your units–and it is calculated for each unit as you undertake your course. The loan fee is applied to each unit that is paid for with a VET student loan.

For example, if you are undertaking a unit that costs $1,000 the loan fee is 20 per cent of $1,000 = $1,200. As such, your VET FEE-HELP debt for that unit will be the cost of the unit ($1,000) + the loan fee ($200) = $1,200.

What are the fees?

All course fees are published in The National Theatre Melbourne Prospectus and on the Schools websites.

Important Information to remember if you are thinking of applying for a VET Student Loan:

  • It is a loan and is a personal debt until you have repaid it, the National Theatre Melbourne is not responsible for your debt.
  • The loan is repaid once your earnings reach a published threshold, this can affect you after-tax earnings until the debt is repaid. Depending on the size of the debt it could affect your borrowing capacity.
  • There is a loan fee of 20% applicable to each loan you are granted.
  • Loan applications apply to a full course of study, but payments are made on a unit by unit basis. You can take a loan for the full amount per unit or you may choose to pay some of the fees yourself.
  • A census date is a date the Commonwealth Government pays your fees on your behalf for the unit(s) that you have started. You will incur your debt on this date for each unit of study that you enrolling, and have applied for a loan to pay the fee.
  • There are four (4) census dates per course.
  • You may cancel your enrolment by:
    1. Withdrawing from each VET unit of study on or before the census date; and
    2. In accordance with the provider’s withdrawal policy.
  • Withdrawal will result in the student:
    1. Not incurring a Vet Fee Help debt; and / or
    2. Receiving a refund for any up-front course fee payments made on or before the census date.

 

Please note withdrawal after the census date incurs the loan debt and can only be refunded in certain cases.  Please see the Policies and Procedures in our Applicants Guide to VSL document available on the website.

 

Students may wish to seek independent financial advice before applying for a VET Student Loan.

 

Further Information

If you would like more information on the loan scheme contact the National Theatre Drama or Ballet School Administrators or you can call the Student enquiry line: 1800 020 108 or the Study Assist website www.studyassist.gov.au.

For information about personal tax and VET Fee Help debts contact the Australian Tax Office call 13 28 61 or www.ato.gov.au

Tuition Fee Insurance

The National Theatre Melbourne is a member of the Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme (ASTAS).  This scheme protects the fees of students if an education provider is unable to fulfil their obligation to deliver the agreed course of study.  Students will be able to complete their study with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.

Austudy / Abstudy

The National Theatre Melbourne courses are registered with Centrelink for financial support under the Austudy and Abstudyfunding programs.  This is financial help offered to students in full-time education who are over 25 years old.

Youth allowance 

Some students may qualify for assistance for youth allowance if under 25 years.

To apply for this funding you must read the criteria on the Dept. of Human Services website and the claim is made online via this site.  Website details:

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/austudy

Refund Policy

In the unlikely event that the National Theatre Melbourne is unable to deliver your course in full, you will be offered a refund of all the course money you have paid to date.  Or, where applicable you may be offered enrolment in another National Theatre Melbourne course at no extra cost to you. You have the right to choose whether you would like to transfer courses or accept a full refund.  You will be required to sign a document accepting the refund or course transfer before any action being taken.

Where The National Theatre Melbourne is unable to provide you with a refund or place you in a suitable course, the ACPET Australian Student Tuition Assurance Scheme will attempt to place you in another course or provide you with a full refund.

For further information on the National Theatre Melbourne Fees and Refund policy, contact the School Administrator.

Living and Studying in Melbroune

 

Students at the National Theatre Melbourne often come from overseas and interstate to study. This section provides some basic information about Melbourne and St Kilda where the National Theatre Melbourne is based.

Location

The National Theatre Melbourne is approximately 7kms from the Melbourne City Centre, 100 metres from the St Kilda foreshore, Luna Park and the Palais Theatre. 

Accommodation for Students

There is a lot of rental accommodation in the surrounding areas close to the National Theatre Melbourne If you need to find accommodation whilst you are studying in Melbourne there are a number of websites that will help:

Public Transport

Melbourne has a great public transport system consisting of trains, trams and buses, to use public transport you must have a myki card. To get to the National Theatre Melbourne in St Kilda you can access by:

Trams: No.96 St Kilda to Brunswick via the city, No.16 from Kew to Melbourne University via the city

Buses: No.246 from Clifton Hill to Elsternwick

Trains: Balaclava Station is 15 mins walk or direct connection by No.16 tram.

Students are also eligible for travel concessions if they are studying full time.

Airport

Melbourne International Airport is not central to the City and has no direct rail link. From the airport to St Kilda is approximately a 30-40 minute drive, depending on traffic and in peak times can be longer.

The main transport options are:

Skybus (bus service that runs from Melbourne into the City, they also offer a free drop off at hotels in the city centre). The service runs 24/7 every ten minutes.

Taxis are available at the airport at any time day or night. There are other airport transfer bus services that operate and will pick up and drop off in St Kilda and other Melbourne suburbs. They do not usually operate late into the evenings though, remember to check your flight departure/arrival times.

Currency and Banking

Australia operates a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. Normal banking hours Monday to Friday 9.30 – 5 pm. Some banks open on Saturday mornings. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are open 24hrs and there are many around the city and suburbs. Most banks will take cash in foreign currency and travellers cheques.

Power

Domestic electricity supply throughout Melbourne and Australia are standardised at 230 volts AC 50Hz. Standard 3 pin plugs are fitted to domestic appliances. 115-volt appliances cannot be used without a transformer.

Telephone and Mobiles

Phone cards for local and international calls can be purchased in most convenience stores. Mobile phones and sim cards can be purchased in Australia; there are a number of providers with pre-paid or post-paid plans to suit everyone.

Postal Information

Post offices are in most suburbs and are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5 pm.

Time zone

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is GMT/UTC plus 10hrs between April-October (usually the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in October). Daylight Savings Time (AEDT) is observed in Melbourne between October-April and is GMT/UTC plus 11hrs. Daylight savings add an hour in summertime allowing lighter morning/evenings.

Climate

Melbourne has a variable climate, the seasons run from summer (Dec-Feb), autumn (Mar-May) winter (Jun-Aug) and spring (Sep-Oct). 

Average temperatures:

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °C (°F)

26.3
(79.3)

26.6
(79.9)

24.4
(75.9)

21.0
(69.8)

17.5
(63.5)

14.8
(58.6)

14.2
(57.6)

15.7
(60.3)

24.8
(76.6)

29.5
(85.1)

40.9
(105.6)

43.7
(110.7)

46.4
(115.5)

Average low °C (°F)

15.6
(60.1)

16.0
(60.8)

14.5
(58.1)

11.8
(53.2)

9.8
(49.6)

7.9
(46.2)

7.1
(44.8)

7.8
(46.0)

17.7
(63.9)

20.1
(68.2)

34.0
(93.2)

36.9
(98.4)

40.5
(104.9)

Websites and Phone Applications

For more information on Melbourne, St Kilda, Victoria and Australia try the following websites and phone apps.

  1. visitvictoria.com
  2. visitmelbourne.com
  3. wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne
  4. melbourne.vic.gov.au
  5. timeanddate.com

Phone Apps

  1. Public Transport Victoria – PTV
  2. Tram Tracker
  3. Melbourne Official Visitor Guide
  4. Time Out Melbourne
  5. 13CABS or Silver Top Taxi

Application Process

Students who want to apply for a place on any of the National Theatre Melbourne courses must complete an audition for a place.

Step 1: Complete the application form for Audition with all relevant information that has to be provided for your course and pay the application fee. If you are successful, you will be advised of the audition requirements and the School Administrator will advise you the Audition times available.

Application forms can be found on the School websites or you can contact the School Administrator for a copy.

Step 2: You will receive instructions on what to prepare for your audition and advised when to attend The National Theatre Melbourne.

Auditioning students who are interstate or overseas may audition by compiling a DVD or youtube link in the first stage of the audition process. You will be advised of the requirements by the School Administrator if this is relevant to you. Interstate auditioning drama students can audition for the first round by sending a video audition.

However, please note that all students must attend the Drama School in Melbourne for the second round of auditions.

The School Administrator will advise you formally if your audition has been successful.

Step 3: Accept your offer of a place on your chosen course and complete the enrolment paperwork.  All paperwork will be sent to you by the School Administrator.

Step 4: You will receive information on your course term dates, orientation.

Step 5: Pay your fees prior to the course start date.  The School Administrator will organise an invoice and advise you on the payment methods.

RTO Information

 

The Australian National Memorial Theatre is a Registered Training Organisation

Trading as the National Theatre Melbourne (RTO No: 3600) provides education services for Australian and International students through registration with the Australian Skills Quality Authority and compliance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and the Education Services for Overseas Students Framework.  

 

CRICOS Registration Statement

The Australian National Memorial Theatre is duly authorised to deliver educational programs to overseas students in Victoria. It is listed on the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS Register).

 

CRICOS Provider Number: 01551E

 

Disclaimer

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information in this document referring to The Australian National Memorial Theatre was correct at the time of publication. However, the RTO reserves the right to discontinue, change or remove any course, subject, and units of competency, fee, admission requirement, staffing or other arrangement without prior notice.