Student Opportunities, Tertiary and Scholarships News

Student Opportunities

Defence Force 

Defence Careers Information Session – Rockhampton  

When:  Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Rockhampton Leagues Club - Cambridge St, Rockhampton QLD 4700

RSVP:    Search for the event via  or email

The Navy, Army and Air Force offer a rich and rewarding blend of career and lifestyle opportunities, plus fulfilling, well-paid work, job security and numerous benefits.

You’ll make life-long friendships and have a chance to see the world. With over 250 roles available in the Australian

Defence Force, we’ll help you find one that matches your skills, interests and education.

Join us for an information session where you will have the opportunity to ask current serving Military members any questions you may have about life in the Australian Defence Force.


Defence STEM Cadetship Program: Are you looking to take your STEM career to the next level? Defence STEM Cadetship Program will provide you with excellent learning and career development opportunities to propel you into your future career with confidence.


Summer Vacation Placement: Are you a STEM  student looking for an opportunity to gain work experience within a large research organisation, during your summer break? DST’s Summer Vacation Placement can provide just that!


Work Experience Opportunities coming up

  • Women in Army Camp, 02-06 December, Kapooka
  • RAAF Richmond, Air Force Indigenous Youth Program, 28-30 October, Richmond NSW
  • Air Force Familiarisation, 21-23 October, Amberley
  • Army Aviation Training Centre Familiarisation, 21-24 October, Oakey
  • Navy Overview, 29-31 October, Cairns
  • Army Field and Familiarisation Program, 28-31 October, Enoggera

You can read more about these and other work experience offers at this link.

University Information

The Hotel School Brisbane Is Now Open!

We are delighted to announce the opening of The Hotel School Brisbane campus.  

Diploma and Degree courses commencing 4th November.

Our brand new Brisbane campus is located in the heart of CBD.
127 Creek Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000


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. You can get more information here

See Mrs Copping for more information.



Puggy Hunter Indigenous Health Scholarship: The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is designed to encourage and assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce. The scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course.

The Australian Government established the Scheme as a tribute to the late Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s outstanding contribution to Indigenous Australians’ health and his role and Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

Applications will be considered from applicants who are:

  • of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Applicants must identify as and be able to confirm their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status.
  • enrolled or intending to enrol in an entry level or graduate entry level health related course
  • Courses must be provided by an Australian registered training organisation or university. Funding is not available for postgraduate study.
  • intending to study in the academic year that the scholarship is offered.

Applications close 4 November


USQ: USQ’s new Scholarship program may be of interest and assistance to some students (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) with OPs 1- 8 -

USQ will offer new automatic scholarships for students with OPs from 1-8.

  • School leavers who achieve an OP of 1-2 will automatically receive a scholarship package valued up to $29,000, including an optional study abroad package and leadership development.
  • Students with an OP 6 or above will be awarded a scholarship package valued up to $20,000.
  • And students with an OP8 or above will be awarded up to $6,000.

Click here 


RSL Scholarships 

RSL National Scholarships

The RSL Scholarships were introduced in 2006. Two scholarships are awarded yearly to children and grandchildren of veterans in necessitous and deserving circumstances to assist them when they undertake tertiary education in Australia. The Scholarships ($4,000 each per year) continue for up to three years.

The Scholarships are administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Australia Trust [AVCAT].

Application forms are available from July each year for studies commencing the following year and can be obtained through the AVCAT website at

The Captain Reg Saunders Memorial Scholarship

Captain Reginald Walter Saunders, a member of the Gunditjmara tribe, was born on 7 August 1920, in the small town of Purnim just outside the Framlingham Aboriginal reserve in the Western District of Victoria.

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 he joined the Second Australian Imperial Force. This was part of his heritage, that of being a warrior. His people, the Gunditjmara, had fought many battles with the white settlers in trying to retain their land.

He then began his military career, serving in World War II and Korea. During World War II he was selected for training at an Officer Cadet Training Unit, where he graduated as a Lieutenant with men such as Tom Derrick VC. Later promoted to Captain, Reg Saunders served in the 6th Division and saw action in the Middle East and New Guinea.

In Korea he was the Officer in Command of ‘C’ Company of the Third Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR). This Battalion won a United States Presidential Citation for the Battle of Kapyong.

During the last 20 years of his life, Reg Saunders worked with the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Reg travelled widely and was able to meet with Aboriginal people from a variety of backgrounds. He was awarded an MBE in 1977. He died in 1990.

The Scholarship
The RSL established this tertiary level scholarship for drug and alcohol abuse studies in 1992 for students of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background who are in necessitous and deserving circumstances. While this emphasis remains important, the scholarship may also be awarded to those who, through their learning, will be better equipped generally to provide a positive example within the aboriginal community and, through the application of their professional or vocational skills as applicable, assist in dealing with substance abuse.

Up to four scholarships per year of $2,000 each may be awarded to students in necessitous circumstances, who have a good academic standing and who have the intention to use their skills or profession for the benefit of the aboriginal community.

The Scholarships are administered by the Australian Veterans’ Children Australia Trust [AVCAT].

Application forms are available from July each year for studies commencing the following year and can be obtained through the AVCAT website at

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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 .


Zapaka Empowering The Leaders Scholarship: Zapala have released a scholarship opportunity for college / university attending students, it's called "Zapaka Empowering The Leaders Scholarship". You can review the scholarship offering 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.


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.


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.

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Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)

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