Student Opportunities, Tertiary and Scholarships News

University Information

Change Of Preference Information Session: A lot can change between the time your students put in their university applications and receiving their final results. To help your students make the right choices for them, we will run a Change of Preference and Drop in Session.

Event Date: Monday, 17 December

Event Time: 9 am - 1 pm

Location:  CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Bruce Highway


ACU Know Your Options Information session

ACU Brisbane Campus

1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo

Saturday 15 December, 2-4pm



SUN – Start Uni Now is now open FREE: Start Uni Now (SUN) is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year  10*, 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity units whilst still in high school. A 'unit' is the word used to describe something similar to your school subjects.

As of Term 1 2018, high school students from across Australia will have the opportunity to undertake their first Start Uni Now (SUN) unit at zero cost

You can enrol in a range of CQUniversity units, either on-campus (face-to-face) or by online study (online), and combine them with your regular high school work.

*Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 (November) intake only.

Benefits of undertaking a SUN Program

  • Direct Entry: You may be eligible to apply for direct entry into an undergraduate degree at CQUniversity (excluding quota managed courses), meaning you will not need to apply and wait for an offer to university through a tertiary admissions centre, eg. QTAC. To be eligible for direct entry, you must:
  1. Pass at least one SUN unit from the undergraduate degree you are applying for,
  2. Meet all the prerequisites of the undergraduate degree you are applying for, and
  3. Show evidence of Year 12 completion (QCE).
  • QCE Credit: Each SUN unit you successfully complete can be credited towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). 2 QCE credit points are granted for each 6 credit point unit passed.
  • Affordable: The SUN units are offered at a reduced price which is less than a third of the cost a regular university student pays. As a SUN student you can save anywhere between $900 – $2752 per unit.
  • Credit Transfers: If you enrol as a CQUniversity student after Year 12, you will be eligible to receive a credit transfer for each SUN unit you have passed (providing these SUN units are part of your degree). This means that this unit will count towards your degree, reducing the number of units you need to study when you enter university.

Find out more and enrol here  


Bond University Experience Days: Students can discover what their passion is through our array of Experience Days. Bond University opens its doors throughout the year to provide Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to experience what life is like at Bond both inside and outside of the classroom. During our experience days, students attend sample lectures and participate in interactive workshops as well as access to Bond's learning facilities, our academic and senior staff; accommodation and dining facilities and our current students.

Careers in Business, Hotel and Tourism Management, Sport Management, Actuarial Science and Commerce – Wednesday, 24 October.

Learn more and register for our Experience Days here.


ACU - An admission pathway into teaching

The Bachelor of Educational Studies has been designed for students who are passionate about becoming teachers, but do not achieve the entry requirements.

Students who successfully complete their first year of study (subject to meeting certain progression and non-academic requirements) will be guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

For more information about pathways into ACU early childhood, primary or secondary teaching courses, see our website.


Study in Europe with new international Engineering double degree: UQ has an incredible opportunity for high performing Engineering students to combine study with travel in a new European double degree.

The first of its kind in Australia to focus upon Engineering, this program offers students the unique opportunity to spend at least three semesters studying in Europe, with one of UQ's premier partners in Germany, France or Sweden.

Students will gain an invaluable global perspective, international industry experience and will graduate with formal degrees from both UQ and their host university.

Discover more here


ACU - Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) applications – open now: ACU helps elite athletes and performers achieve sporting, performing and academic excellence. The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) is designed to provide support and encourage excellence in each of these fields. This support includes applying adjustment factors for entry, academic support and timetabling considerations. Applications close on 4 December to receive early timetabling support for semester 1 2019. Head here for more information.


Enhanced Studies Program - Apply now: High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for UQ's Enhanced Studies Program (ESP). ESP provides students with an opportunity to extend their studies by completing a university subject in Semester 1 of Year 12.

Over 40 courses are available in a range of study areas, including psychology, science and humanities. Students can also study some courses online.

Students who participate in ESP enjoy the benefits associated with being a UQ student. In addition, upon successful completion of ESP, students will receive one bonus point towards their university entrance rank through UQ's Bonus Rank Scheme.

Applications open in August and will close on Wednesday 31 October.

Read more


Indigenous Australian Science and infrastructure Developmental School: The camp is designed to break down myths and barriers around attending university and build student's aspirations.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to explore their post-school options and gain access to higher education.

Our Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development School is a fully supervised five-day residential camp designed to inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to consider higher education studies.

The camp is designed to break down myths and barriers around attending university and to build aspirations. The camp is held in Brisbane and all participants stay in safe and secure accommodation.

At the Science and Infrastructure Development School participants will meet current QUT students who did not consider university as an option for them. Participants will also have the opportunity to:

  • experience university campus life
  • visit 'real-world' work sites and meet industry professionals
  • participate in interactive university faculty activities
  • make new friends also considering university study
  • do much more!

Who should attend the school?

Year 10, 11 and 12 students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent should apply. The camp is free for participant students. All travel, meals, accommodation and activities are covered as well.

Visit the Science and Infrastructure Development School website to find out more.


Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science:  Applications for the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) opened on Tuesday 22 May 2018. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 10 students who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply.

ASSETS is a free nine-day summer school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Year 10 students. There are three summer schools held across the 2018/19 summer holidays. More than 100 students from across Australia will participate.

Download application form and fact sheet here.

Share the opportunity with colleagues and students that may be interested in applying.

Please feel free to contact the ASSETS team on 03 9545 8700 or if you require any further information.


VCE Summer School (Indigenous and non-Indigenous encouraged to apply), University of Melbourne 

  • Incoming Year 11 & 12
  • 7 – 18 January 2019
  •, 8344 8204
  • VCE Summer School (VCESS) is a two-week tutoring program that takes place in January and aims to help high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain a head start on their final years of education.


Raise the Bar - University of Melbourne 

  • Incoming Year 10, 11, & 12
  • January 2019
  • The Academy will aim to support Indigenous Australian secondary school students who are interested in pursuing tertiary education and a career in the sports industry.


Student Opportunities

Defence Force Recruiting will be visiting Rockhampton next week and will be running a School To Service Information Session for high school students and their parents/guardians:

School to Service Information Session

Date: Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Empire Apartment Hotel – 5 East Street, Rockhampton

RSVP: or email


Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts ACPA – now auditioning: The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts is a Registered Training Organisation providing teaching excellence and innovation in contemporary dance, music, and acting.

Vibrant and diverse, we are the only centre in Australia offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres, including classes dedicated to Indigenous cultural fusion.

Enrolment is confirmed by a successful audition – so we can see and sense which program is best for your talents, experience and aspirations.

First, you request an audition so we know you’re interested in coming to ACPA (download the form below).

Selected applicants are then invited to audition. Auditions are held each year at ACPA’s campus at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, and at selected regional centres across Queensland. Auditions for the 2019 intake will be held on 25 and 26 September 2018, the Tuesday and Wednesday in the first week of the school holidays.

You can apply for help with audition travel costs through AbStudy. We’re also holding auditions in some regional centres during August and October.

If you can’t attend in-person, your audition via DVD may be accepted. Contact us for more details.

If your audition is successful, you will be offered a place and an enrolment pack.

Download an Audition Request Form Here


Tuition fees vary for each course and year. You’ll find details of current fees here.

Successful applicants receive fee information with their enrolment offers.

Students are required to purchase and be responsible for all their own course materials (e.g., textbooks, stationery, personal computer/laptop/tablet, dancewear and shoes, some instruments and sheet music, etc.) Information about course materials can be found in the student handbook, available here.

Diploma and Advance Diploma students may be eligible for AbStudy support. 


ACPA offers scholarships to help reduce the financial burden of courses. They are only offered to new students whose exceptional financial circumstances might prevent them from accepting an enrolment opportunity.

Please contact us for more information.

Diploma and Advance Diploma students may be eligible for AbStudy support.


Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) 

FTRS’ Indigenous supports and identifies pathways for talented Indigenous storytellers.

With a long and proud history of providing deep learning in film literacy and the broadcast industries enabling our storytellers to be authorities of their craft, AFTRS is a national and global leader in education and training.

Supporting Indigenous storytellers is important to AFTRS, which is why when we relocated from North Ryde to Moore Park the decision was made to incorporate the Tjamu Tjamu Indigenous art wall into the fabric of the building.

Contact the Indigenous Unit on (02) 9805 6514 or


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: Do you have what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only yourself but the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s involved?

RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants ages 14-30. Depending on community needs, RYLA may take the form of a one-day seminar, a three-day retreat, or a weeklong camp. Typically, events last 3-10 days and include presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics.

Your community might host a RYLA event for secondary school students to hone their leadership potential, for university students to develop creative problem-solving strategies, or for young professionals to learn ethical business practices.

How can I get involved?

RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs. Contact your local Rotary club to find out more about RYLA events in your area, how to apply, and any costs of getting involved.

Are you a member or alumnus of Interact, Rotaract, or Rotary Youth Exchange? RYLA can reconnect you with Rotary. Attend a local, regional, or international RYLA event to continue building your leadership skills or volunteer as a peer mentor.

For more information click here.



UQ Scholarships: Here at UQ, we are delighted to offer future students a wide range of scholarships to assist them in making the transition from high school to university.

To assist you in advising your students on scholarship opportunities, we have compiled an indicative list of the range available to school leavers.

All scholarships are listed on our website and offerings change frequently as new scholarships are added, so please view our website for current information. Please note that scholarships are subject to annual review, so you should continue to monitor the website for updated information and full selection criteria.


QUT Scholarships—apply now: Students considering QUT in 2019 should explore scholarships now. Opportunities include the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for academic, sporting and creative excellence, and business scholarships with corporate partners, honours programs, academic excellence and Indigenous scholarships.


2018/2019 CSIRO Undergraduate Vacation Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

  • Get hands-on experience in a world class research organisation
  • Access CSIRO's world-class facilities
  • Apply for a CSIRO Vacation Scholarship today!

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s largest scientific research organisation and one of the largest and most diverse scientific organisations in the world. CSIRO’s work touches every aspect of Australian life: from the molecules that build life to the molecules in space. Working from sites across the nation and around the globe, CSIRO’s staff are focused on providing new ways to improve the quality of life, as well as the economic and social performance of a number of industry sectors through research and development.

The CSIRO Vacation Scholarship Program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to work on real-world problems in a leading R&D organisation. Participation in the Vacation Scholarship Program has influenced previous scholarship holders in their choice of further study and future career options. Many have gone on to pursue a PhD in CSIRO or to build a successful research career within CSIRO, a university or industry.

This year CSIRO has over 100 projects available across a range of areas for highly motivated students. For further details, including a complete list of all scholarships on offer and details on how to apply, please visit the Students page on our CSIRO Careers page.


Young Athletes Travel Subsidy: The Young Athletes Travel Subsidy aims to foster the development of young athletes and support elite athlete pathways by providing financial assistance to help alleviate the costs associated with attending championship events.

The travel subsidy provides financial assistance through three event tiers and supports attendance at specific state, national and international events. 

Officials (such as coaches, referees and scorers) officiating at eligible events can also apply for assistance if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The travel subsidy will allow up to a maximum of $1,200 in financial assistance over the three event tiers, once every two calendar years.

Eligible athletes and officials can apply for one event per tier once every two calendar years. 

The following travel subsidy amounts are available under the three event tiers:

  • state or state school event—$200
  • national or national school event—$400
  • international event—$600.

Full list of events eligible for subsidy go to:

Applications must be correctly submitted within six months of attending the event to be eligible. 

For further information on how to apply, please click on the link.


Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)

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