Student Opportunities, Tertiary and Scholarships News

University Information

CQU: Auditions for our performing arts courses and interviews for Visual Arts will be taking place in Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville from 12 - 15 November for the following courses*:

  • Diploma of Music
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts
  • Bachelor of Music (Specialisation)
  • Bachelor of Theatre (Specialisation)

Online auditions will remain open until February 2019. 


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  


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.


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.


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

JMC Academy Short Courses available in January 2019 school holidays!  Short Courses are a great opportunity for creative-thinkers aged 15 and above to get a unique insight into life at JMC Academy while engaging in a fun, hands-on program relating to their own creative passion. 

2 to 5 day Short-Courses are available in the following areas:

  • Animation
  • Audio Engineering + Sound Production
  • Contemporary Music Performance
  • Digital Design
  • Film, Television + Content Production
  • Game Design
  • Songwriting. 

Early Bird 15% discount applies until midnight 14 December 2018.

Those booking 2 or more places in 1 Short Course will receive an exclusive 25% discount (until sold out). Short Course information.


The Agricultural Skills and Technology Experience - TASTE: 3–7 December 2018

Arrival / Departure

QATC has duty officers rostered for pick-ups and deliveries to transport locations.

Please advise your preferred travel option upon enrolment.

Arrive at Emerald on Monday December 3 between 8am – 10am

Departure/pickup from Emerald on Friday December 7 after 3.00pm

Travel between Emerald Agricultural College and Longreach Pastoral College will be provided by QATC. (Please note these times may be subject to change, please confirm times before booking any travel).

Provisions can be made on a case by case basis for travel arriving on Sunday December 2 as per public transport timetables.

More information HERE

ACT NOW!! Places are limited.

To secure your place in your chosen program, return the completed enrolment forms to and arrange payment of the $500 program fee.


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



CQ University: Applications have just opened for a new 3 year scholarship to attend CQ University.  This is being provided by My State Bank.  The Eligibility Criteria preferences applicants able to provide evidence or verification from a medical or allied health professional of a disability that is recognised under the Disability Services Act of 2006 (Qld) or any amended version thereof.  Click this link for further information.


2019 Charles Hawker Scholarships: Applications for the 2019 Charles Hawker Scholarships open on 3 December 2018 and close on 4 January 2019. An application form and further information about C.A.S. Hawker and the scholarship is available from or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees in Adelaide on 08 8127 1654.


JCU Indigenous Summer Pre-program for Australian Aboriginal  and Torres Strait Islander students: Applications are now OPEN! 

The engineering and nursing pre-program will be held in November/December 2018 and is a 3-week residential program held at JCU Townsville.  Students are required to stay at Saints Residential College on campus and will be fully supervised at all times.

This is a three week residential is fully funded by JCU and at no cost to participants or their families.

The Summer Pre-Program starts Sunday 25 November to Friday 14 December 2018.

See Mrs Copping for more information and application forms.

Please note ALL applications must be received via email by Sunday 4 November to


Rural or Remote Teacher Scholarship: The Department of Education (DoE) is offering up to 4 scholarships for those wishing to become a teacher in a Queensland state school. Successful recipients will undertake a full time undergraduate or postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE) program commencing in Semester 1, 2019.

  • Financial component of up to $20,000* per recipient (paid in semester instalments of up to $2,500)
  • Allocation of a mentor (experienced teacher) one day per term while completing the ITE
  • An offer of permanent employment in a Queensland school within a DoE identified priority region
  • Department support programs for preservice and beginning teachers.

Please contact the ATO and Centrelink (if applicable) for any implications this may have on current and future earnings/taxable income/benefits received.

About You:

You must:

  • commence a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate ITE program at an Australian University in 2019
  • be willing to commit to teach in a QLD state school with a transfer rating of 4-7 in a priority region upon successful completion of the ITE program
  • be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia.

Apply now.


Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships: The Department of Education provides scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who would like to make a difference in the lives of young Queenslanders by becoming a state school teacher.

As well as accessing generous financial benefits, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to obtain valuable experience and consolidate their skills through teaching in a supportive environment after graduation.

The scholarship is open to high-achieving individuals who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and are already studying or intend to study an initial undergraduate or postgraduate teaching qualification.

Scholarship recipients will receive financial incentives, the opportunity for permanent employment and a supported transition into the teaching profession.

Scholarship support

Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship recipients receive a comprehensive range of support including:

  • up to $20,000 to assist with study and other expenses during the study period
  • the opportunity to secure permanent employment as a teacher in a Queensland state school after graduation
  • assistance in securing professional experience placements or an internship in Queensland state schools
  • opportunities to engage with other scholarship recipients and
  • access to a range of departmental resources, professional networks and support.

Scholarship categories

The Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship Program offers four categories of support:

  • Secondary School Graduates (up to $20,000)

Recipients must have completed Year 12 in 2018 and be commencing or continuing an undergraduate initial teacher education program (such as a Bachelor of Education) in Semester 1, 2019.

  • Postgraduate Students (up to $10,000)

Apply now.


Catholic Education Scholarship for Indigenous Students: Applications are now open.  Applications need to be received no later than Friday 7 December 2018.  See Mrs Copping for more information.


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.


Mrs Karen Copping (Careers Coordinator)

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