Help Centre / F.A.Q.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years old at commencement of course and are generally required to be at least turning 18 during the course. As this course is designed to train Christians, a general entry requirement is a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. Successful completion of the Australian Year 10 Certificate (or equivalent) and a sufficient standard of oral and written English proficiency is needed in order to benefit from the training. DTS is a pre-requisite course to other YWAM courses.

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Can I get Centrelink while doing a DTS?

DTS is a Centrelink approved course. If you are an Australian you may be eligible for financial assistance from Centrelink. Information about Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy and other payments are available on their website at

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Is there a discount available for my nation?

There are discounts available depending on the country that you are from based on an ABC category developed by the University of the Nations. Note that discounts only apply to the lecture phase of the school and does not include the cost of flying/driving here, transport, outreach fees. The lecture fees cover food, water, accommodation, internet, transport for school related activities, and basic resources for note-taking.

Example Lecture Fee Costs After Discount:

A – AUD$3950-$4150
B – AUD$2800
C – AUD$1800

Discounts are not guaranteed. Please contact us for exact discounts and for info on your country.

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Youth Street – How are DTS students involved?

YWAM Newcastle’s Discipleship Training Schools have a unique opportunity to be apart of our Youth Street ministry while still on your DTS! Youth Street happens every Saturday (usually Sunday and Mondays are our days off), first with Youth Street Teams (e.g. Skate, Surf, Dance, Sport, etc) and then with Youth Street Live. DTS students join with staff in staffing these teams. Check out the rest of our website for more information about this awesome opportunity to change the lives of Newcastle youth.

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What do lectures look like?

Most weeks the lectures are held in a classroom setting in the mornings with occasional night sessions. The afternoons are spent doing work duties as well has some time for personal time. Other required sessions during the week include worship, intercession, practical evangelism opportunities & Youth Street.

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What should I pack?

You will need a notebook, pen, Bible, clothes, single bed bedding (sheets, pillow & sleeping bag), and it would be handy to have a backpackers backpack. When you are accepted on the DTS we will provide you with a full “what to bring” list.

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What happens for housing?

All YWAM students live in shared YWAM housing with staff. Accommodation and food are provided as part of school fees. Unless otherwise specified, you will be living in Lewis House that accommodates an average of 70 plus people.

For further information about our facilities please see the Course Information Handbook.

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Where are we going on outreach?

In recent years we have sent teams to locations including Nepal, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Indonesia, New Zealand, Middle East, Mexico, Russia, Uganda, Mozambique, Egypt, Japan, Samoa and Thailand. Many exciting opportunities come up, from within Australia to the other side of the world. The possibilities are endless! You never really know where you might end up.

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Am I too old for DTS?

No! DTS is available to a broad range of ages! Most commonly our students are between the ages of 17-35 years old. But don’t let that stop you! All ages are welcome. Be on the look out on our website specifically for all ages DTS’, for example the All Generations DTS.

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What countries do our students come from?

Our DTS students have come from a large range of countries across the world including USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, France, New Zealand, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Fiji, Samoa and South Africa.

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