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Campus tours at UQ Gatton - book now: UQ's Gatton campus provides tours for school groups with a general interest in the programs and facilities on offer, sightseeing tours highlighting the historically significant campus structures and the Past Students' Museum, and individual tours for students wishing to study at the UQ Gatton campus.

These tours occur throughout the year and can be tailored to suit a particular area of interest in Agribusiness, Equine Science, Horticulture and Agronomy, Production Animals, Veterinary Science and Wildlife Science.

Find out more and book here.


University of Sydney: From 13-19 January 2019, 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 20 Indigenous high school students from across Australia, who are entering Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2019, 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.

Any Indigenous students with a high aptitude in maths and science that are interested in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. The brochure & application form can be downloaded from their website.

Please ensure that applications are submitted by 5 October 2018.

See Mrs Copping for more information.

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.

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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.


Brolga Program - CQUniversity: Designed for Indigenous student’s Year 5–12, the BROLGA program is a mix of on-campus and ‘on country’ learning experiences that increase student connections and provides a brief understanding of some aspects of CQUniversity, community, government and culture. Students will be culturally empowered, become familiar with the CQUniversity campus, learn new things, meet new friends and the senior students provided with an understanding of opportunities.

BROLGA will occur over five days with a range of activities facilitated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural mentors, community, government, professional and academic staff from CQUniversity. ‘On country’ is used as a platform for cultural conversations and connection activities that strengthens student understandings of opportunities and the importance of personal goals. This program reflects career education. Students will briefly recognise the significance of country, culture and community.

Activity Highlights

  • Sport and culture
  • Science and the environment
  • Pathways and guest speakers
  • Cultural celebrations and Student Wrap-Ups

Date: Monday, 24 September  – Friday, 28 September 2018

Duration: Five days

Location: Rockhampton  North CQUniversity 

Drop off and pick up: CQUniversity, Rockhampton North, Sports Centre

Time: 8 am – 3 pm each day

Contact:  Malcolm Mann - (07) 4923 2052 or

Applications close  Friday 31 August 2018.



Student Opportunities

Australian Defence Force Academy: Uni may be the logical next step for you, but how does receiving a salary while you study sound? At the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) you'll enjoy the same exciting student lifestyle as you would anywhere else, but with added benefits such as a salary and no HELP fees.

ADFA develops and educates the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force. In addition to being expertly trained in leadership and management, you'll undertake a UNSW degree in Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science or Technology. Plus, you'll enjoy:

  • A unique education that equips you for a rewarding career
  • Free access to sports clubs and excellent facilities
  • Free medical services and dental care
  • Subsidised food and accommodation
  • A starting salary of $40,910 plus generous superannuation
  • No Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) fees

See Mrs Copping for more information.


Defence Work Experience Programs coming up - Applications closing soon: Applications for the DWEP program in 2018 are wrapping up in the coming weeks. Below are the only six remaining placements that students can apply for in the NQLD region.

  • Women in Army Adventure Camp 

Townsville, QLD
25 - 27 September 2018

The Women in Army Adventure Camp will provide a hands-on and interactive experience for young women who are considering a career in the Australian Army. This is a residential camp held at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville. Accommodation and all meals will be provided. 
Participants will be exposed to various 3rd Brigade units and will gain knowledge and understanding of a range of job roles such as combat engineers, artillery, logistics, medical/health, communications, armored corps, infantry, aviation, trades and combat and security. Interested students can learn more about these jobs at Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of hands on tasks and activities to showcase and develop team work, leadership and confidence skills. They will engage with serving Army personnel to learn more about the Army lifestyle and with Defence Force Recruiting personnel to discuss pathways to various Army careers. The Camp is open to female students in Years 10, 11 & 12 aged between 16 – 18 years of age. Applicants must have passes in (or currently passing) Year 10 English and Maths and will need to provide proof of grades as part of their application. Successful participants will be supervised at all times by personnel from Defence Force Recruiting, Defence Work Experience Program and serving members of the Australian Army. Further details about this residential work experience activity will be provided to the successful applicants closer to the start date.

  • Infantry Overview – 3RAR: Applications close 26 August

17 – 21 September 2018

The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) is a Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Australian Army and students will have the opportunity to observe and experience a range of roles and responsibilities across the Battalion, providing them with a broad overview of the many careers available within an Infantry Battalion. On one night during the work experience placement, students will participate in overnight field craft activities which will involve camping out.

  • Army Aviation – 5th Aviaition Regiment: Applications close 26 August

8 – 12 October 2018

Helicopters - 5th Aviation Regiment is home to Chinook and Taipan aircraft.  As part of this work experience placement, students will rotate through the different Squadrons within the Regiment, including flying, logistics and maintenance squadrons as well as Regiment Headquarters. Students may also have an opportunity to visit and participate in activities at the Taipan or CH47 Chinook Simulator.

  • RAAF Air Traffic Control: Applications close 2 September

15 – 17 October 2018

Air Force Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers are responsible for aircraft control and airspace management in the Australian Defence Force air base environment. Known as Air Traffic Control, they also assume those responsibilities on the battlefield when called upon to deliver Joint Battlefield Airspace Control and Joint Airspace Management.

  • Army Band – 1RAR: Applications close 30 September

Dates by request

The Band of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, is a highly regarded component of the Australian Defence Force in North Queensland. AS part of this placement there may be times when the band performs on weekends and/or evenings and participants are encouraged to attend these performance opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to witness the diverse role of an Army Musician and will receive insight into administration, concert band rehearsals, smaller ensemble rehearsals and other specialisations.

  • Navy Overview – HMAS Cairns: Applications close 7 October  

15 November 2018

Students will undertake a structured program of naval activities, demonstrations and presentations, providing participants with an insight into a wide range of Navy roles, employment opportunities and lifestyle. Students can expect to visit various units which may include: Maritime Logistics (Cooks/Stewards/Supply Chain/ Personnel Operations), Dive Unit, Port Services (Bosuns), Armoury, Hydrographic Cell, Fleet Support Unit (Marine Technicians/ Electronic Technicians), Naval Police Coxswains, Communication Information Systems, Medics and Physical Trainers.

For more information


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.


Sisters of Mercy Scholarship for Indigenous Students 2019: This scholarship is now open for application from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 12 at schools in the Rockhampton Dicoese who intend to further their education at University in 2019.

See Mrs Copping for more information.  Applications close 21 September 2018.


Indigenous STEM Awards – Nominations open on 28 August: The Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and promote the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying and working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The role of professionals, teachers and mentors is also recognised in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers.

Applications for the 2018 Indigenous STEM Awards open on 27 August 2018.

There are seven award categories for nomination:

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional Awards
  • School Award
  • STEM Champion Award
  • Teacher Award
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student STEM Achievement Awards
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Maths Achievement Awards
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Science Achievement Awards

Award winners will be eligible for a range of prizes.

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Monday 27 August 2018

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday 28 September 2018


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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