Student Opportunities, Tertiary and Scholarships News

Student Opportunities

Thiess Summer Vacation Program: With a history since 1934, Thiess is the world’s largest mining services provider. We offer the widest range of in-house surface and underground mining capabilities in leading commodities across Australia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Indonesia and Mongolia. Every day, we optimise the mining lifecycle to create lasting value.

Why do Vacation work with us?

At Thiess, our Summer Vacation Program offers you the opportunity to work on real and meaningful work as part of our structured, 12 week paid program. You will gain valuable experience working on site and for some roles, experience living in remote and regional locations. Build your networks and relationships early in your career by working with experienced industry leaders.

The 2019/2020 Thiess Vacation Program has opportunities in:

  • Mining engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics engineering
  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Environment
  • Human Resources
  • Health & Safety
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Communications
  • Legal

We want to hear from you if you are:

  • Studying a degree relevant to the above disciplines
  • Willing to work and relocate to site for the duration of the program (except for the Communications and Legal disciplines)
  • Available to work for the entire 12 week period from late November through to February 2020
  • A holder of Australian citizenship or permanent residency
  • Ready to start your career in the mining industry.

Eligible vacation students will be considered for transition to the CIMIC Group Graduate Program at the conclusion of the vacation program.

This is your chance to join the Thiess team and develop your career within the mining industry.

We recognise the value of an inclusive and diverse workplace through our vision: everyone matters always.

Through this vision, we will build a community where respect, value and thoughtfulness toward each person will underpin their ability to bring their full self to work because here they will be empowered, safe and included. 

Click here to apply.






Defence Force

ADF GAP Year: Applications are now open for ADF Gap Year roles across the Navy, Army and Air Force. Unlike any ordinary gap year, this gives your students the opportunity to:

  • Get involved in fulfilling and worthwhile work
  • Gain valuable skills and work experience
  • Enjoy a good salary package
  • Live a varied, active and healthy life
  • Make friends with like-minded people
  • See more of Australia

This gives them the chance to experience life in the ADF – with no commitment beyond one year.  Click here for more information.

University Information

University of Queensland: Students who are interested in pursuing a health related pathway are invited to attend an information evening in Rockhampton hosted by The University of Queensland. Students from all Year levels are welcome to attend. With Australia set to experience the highest job growth in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector, now is the time to kick-start your career in health.

At this information session, students, parents and teachers will learn more about:

  • The range of Health and Medicine programs available at UQ;
  • UQ’s Rural Access Scheme for regional students; and
  • Hear from a university student about placements, classes and the health student experience. 

Date: Thursday 22 August

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School – Rockhampton, Lecture Rooms, cnr Cambridge & Canning Street, Rockhampton, QLD, 4700.

Parking: In the surrounding streets

Register: Click here to register your attendance .

For any questions, contact the UQ School Liaison team on 07 3346 9649 or


University of Sydney: From 12-18 January 2020, the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney will host the Indigenous Australian Engineering School (IAES), funded by Engineering Aid Australia.

The IAES Program gives 25 Indigenous high school students from across Australia, who are entering years 10, 11 and 12 in 2020, the opportunity to come to Sydney and explore the possibilities of studying and working within various fields of engineering.

The IAES Program is fully sponsored with all activities, accommodation, flights and meals covered by Engineering Aid Australia and the University of Sydney.

The week-long program will involve site visits to key Sydney locations, curriculum exercises and participation in cultural activities. Further highlights include networking opportunities with engineering industry representatives and recreational activities on Sydney Harbour.

Application closing date: 18 October 2019.  Please contact Ms Jazzman Major if you are interested in applying.


Internship Program for STEM students, Career Trackers: Career Trackers are currently looking for Indigenous year 12 students who plan to undertake a STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths), law or business-related degrees in 2020 for a 5-week paid internship opportunity in January and 12-week internships throughout their degree until graduation.

CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program creates pathways and support systems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young adults to attend and graduate from university, with high marks, industry experience and bright professional futures. Students undertake paid internships upon completion of year 12, and throughout their university degree in their winter and summer breaks.

Students can register directly on our website and one of our team will contact you to discuss the program and the opportunities.


UQ Young Scholars Program - Applications open: Designed to nurture and develop our future leaders, the Young Scholars Program presents Year 11 students with an exciting opportunity for academic extension and enrichment and is centred around igniting young change-makers' passions for leadership, academic achievement and community development in today's global society.

Students will gain valuable insights into university life and fields of study they may not have encountered as part of the school curriculum. They will hear from leading thinkers and engage in discussions and collaborative forums in group settings. A range of social, sporting and cultural activities will also complement the academic program.

Fee waivers and travel bursaries will be available to assist students who would not otherwise be able to participate.  Evidence of financial hardship, including supporting documentation, must be supplied as part of the Student Application.

When: Sunday 1 December - Thursday 5 December
Where: UQ St Lucia
Cost: $615 (includes all activities, meals and accommodation)

Discover more


Brolga Program, CQUniversity: Designed for Indigenous students in Years 5-12, the BROLGA program is a mix of on-campus an “on country” learning experiences that increase students awareness of some aspects of CQUniversity, incorporating aspects of community, country and culture.

Monday 23 September – Friday 27 September

Contact us at


UNSW Sydney would like to share some updates and information about 2020 Co-op Program scholarships, dates and events.

  • Wednesday, 1 May 2019 - Co-op Program applications open online
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - Create Your Career Evening 
  • Friday, 30 August 2019 – Co-op “video snapshot” invitations sent to registered students
  • Monday, 30 September 2019 – Co-op Program Applications close

NEW for 2020

  • All Co-op Program Scholarship applicants need to complete a 2 minute video snapshot to help us get to know them better. In the snapshot the student will introduce themselves and tell us something interesting, unusual, unique or different about themselves to expand on their written application. For further info see the Co-op Apply page.
  • The Co-op Program scholarship is increasing to $19,600 p.a. for 4 years from 2020. Scholars undertaking a 5 year Engineering Co-op program also have the chance to compete for a 5th year Honours scholarship.

Click the link below to download the 2020 Co-op Program brochure. Prospective Co-op applicants can also access the registration and application tutorials at any time.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us with queries or concerns via or 02 9385 5116. 



ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award: The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader local community.  At the same time they recognise those who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship”, characteristics that are integral to Australian society.

Read more and download forms here .


2020 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships: Applications for the 2020 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 9 December and close on 8 January 2020. An application form and further information about C.A.S. Hawker and the scholarship are available from or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees in Adelaide on 08 8127 1654.

Hawker Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000.00 over three years and are amongst the most generous, privately funded, residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students. Joint Australian of the Year Dr. Richard Harris SC OAM recently presented 2019 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships to four recipients at a function at St Mark's College in Adelaide.

There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character who have demonstrated a commitment to the wider community. Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.


Kings College Residential: Kings College have announced The Lady Watson Scholarship.  This will be available to all women entering King’s College from 2020. Beginning with 8 x $5,000 in 2020. Please see Mrs Copping for more information.


TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program: The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program is open for applications and will close on August 29.

Scholarships are available across a wide range of eligible courses from certificate III to degree level. The list of eligible courses will be available on the scholarships website

Scholarships up to the value of $5000 each are available to successful applicants to help with the costs of study.

The different scholarships available in this round are:

  • TAFE Queensland merit and
  • TAFE Queensland access and equity scholarships
  • Advance Queensland – TAFE Queensland Indigenous Pathway Scholarships. These are access and equity scholarships offered in partnership with the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (DITID) for Indigenous students studying science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) Courses.


Sisters of Mercy Scholarships now open: In 1831, Catherine McAuley established the Sisters of Mercy, a group of compassionate women committed to justice and mercy. In keeping with this call, the Rockhampton Sisters of Mercy established an annual scholarship of $5,000 for the tertiary education of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student. The scholarship recipient will be chosen from applicants who are enrolled in Year 12 at a Catholic Secondary College in the Rockhampton Diocese and who are accepted into a university degree course.

The advisory panel may choose to divide the scholarship between two applicants, if the applicants equally fulfil the selection criteria. The scholarship is payable to the student/s at the beginning of first semester when tertiary admission has been offered. An advisory panel, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the community, will assist the Sisters of Mercy in selecting the successful candidate/s. The name of the recipient will be announced at the annual Year 12 Celebration held at St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Selection Criteria:

  • The student must be of Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Studying at a Catholic Secondary College within the Diocese of Rockhampton.
  • Intending to study at university.

In addition, the student will;

  • Have demonstrated a commitment to study and display academic potential.
  • Be involved in the school community in some way (student mentors, Student Council, sporting/ cultural commitments etc.).
  • Have demonstrated a good attendance record.
  • Give an indication as to how the scholarship will assist their financial need/s.

You need to include:

  • A reference from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community member
  • A reference from a member of school staff [Teacher/Head of House or Year/Principal/APRE]
  • A copy of your latest report card

For more information contact: Brad Jarro (Indigenous Education Coordinator) Catholic Education Office.

Closing date: Friday 20 September 2019

See Mrs Copping for an application form.


QATSIF scholarships now OPEN: Our 11th Round of QATSIF QCE Scholarships will open for applications from Wednesday, June 19 through until Friday, August 23. 

In 2018, QATSIF committed to 1416 new scholarships and over $2.6M to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.  We are proud to have supported over 8,700 students across our first 10 years.

We pay our respects to the Elders and Ancestors who suffered the grave injustice of having their wages stolen, as it is the interest from unspent reparation monies held in perpetuity which fund our program.  We are also very grateful to the Queensland government for the additional $6M in funding they have provided over our first 10 years.

Please see Mrs Copping for the following forms:

  • Approvals and Endorsement form:  completed by the Principal and a community Elder or Indigenous organisation.
  • Round 11 Applicant Declaration:  completed by each student and their family.

Please be aware that:

  • Elders or Indigenous organisation representatives are being asked to endorse your school as a community worthy of support.  They are not being asked to confirm each individual student’s Aboriginality.
  • Applications can only be accepted through our online portal after the opening date – June 19.


Bond University: Applications for this scholarship are now open online and close 6 September, 2019.

Bond University offers a range of full and part scholarships, bursaries and grants to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

In 2018, 9 scholarships were awarded to Indigenous students due to the generous support of corporate partners, through funds raised at the Indigenous Gala and through a significant contribution by the University.

These scholarships, valued up to 50% of tuition fees for any single undergraduate degree (excluding the Medical Program) or 100% tuition for any diploma program, are awarded to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who have demonstrated extracurricular involvement, leadership potential and academic achievements.

The Indigenous Scholarships are supported by generous alumni and community donations into the Ambition Fund.



  • This scholarship is available to new commencing students at Bond University in the following year, January semester.
  • Available to Australian citizens who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (as defined by ABSTUDY).
  • Applicants must have successfully completed, or be currently completing Year 12 at an Australian High School.
  • Applicants must meet the prerequisites and the admissions entry standards for their chosen program.


BHP Indigenous CQUniversity Scholarship, Up to $40 000 

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive the CQUniCares BHP Indigenous Scholarships an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol at CQUniversity in Term 2, 2019
  • Be studying a Bachelor course
  • Be a 1st or 2nd year student
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Reside permanently in Queensland, in communities classified as Inner Regional, Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote by the Australian Government

Applicants will be assessed on the application form and a written submission of no more than 500 words addressing the following:

Selection Criteria:

  • Career goals and how the scholarship will assist you in achieving your educational objectives;
  • Extracurricular activities – especially community and volunteering activities and demonstration of leadership.
  • Life experiences

Click here for more information.


Young, Black and Proud Scholarships: The YBPS are for our young mob who want to get further in sport, the arts or achieving academically (either at school, TAFE or uni). With support from the Queensland Family & Child Commission this round we have $2000 and $1000 scholarships to give away. How deadly is that! Applications are now open!

Looking for some support with school, uni, arts or sporting dreams? The Young, Black and Proud Scholarships are OPEN! For more info and to apply visit our website.


Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education: The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education recognise students, teachers, support officers, schools and education partners (volunteers, mentors and organisations) who demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.

The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland.

In 2015, the renowned Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education expanded and the awards became the Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in STEM Education. This acknowledges STEM education as a strategic priority for the Department of Education.

Nominations for 2019 are now open

Nominations are open for the 2019 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This year awards will be presented, across 6 categories, to the value of $125,000.

The awards categories are:

  • Outstanding Senior STEM Student – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Senior STEM Student - $5,000 each
  • Outstanding Teacher of STEM – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding STEM Support Officer – $5,000 each
  • STEM Education Partnership – $5,000 each
  • Outstanding School STEM – $5,000 each.

Who can apply

The awards are open to state and non-state schools in Queensland.

You can apply for a Peter Doherty Award if you are a student who has completed Year 11 in a Queensland school and are currently enrolled in at least 2 Year 12 approved senior science or technology or engineering or mathematics subjects. You also need to have attained a very high level of achievement or equivalent in at least 2 applicable Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or other approved curriculum senior science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects in Year 11.

Click here for more information.


Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)

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