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QTAC is NOW OPEN!

If you are intending on going to University next year or deferring then you must complete a QTAC application. Application fee is $44.

QTAC application 2019

Please note: YOU WILL NEED YOUR LUI NUMBER AND PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS

  1. Go to qtac.edu.au/applicationservices
  2. Create Account
  3. Fill in your details to create the account
  4. You will receive an email from QTAC with a link to verify your email address (please check your junk mail). The verification link only lasts 72 hours
  5. Once the email address has been verified, go back to qtac.edu.au, and select Applicant Log in again (Top right-hand corner of webpage)
  6. Select the Log in button, and log in to your account
  7. Select the Apply Now button
  8. Fill out the following sections:
    • My details (Enter your personal details)
    • Education and experience (you will need to enter your LUI number, which will be matched against your date of birth so check you have entered this correctly).
    • Check QTAC have your correct details and extra qualifications you should have in your QCAA learning account)
    • Course Preferences (Choose 6 and select. 1 and 2 – courses you want to study, 3 and 4 – less competitive courses you want to study, 5 and 6 – pathway courses which will help you get in to a course you really want e.g. Griffith College, TAFE
    • Review application
    • Submit application (pay the application fee $44)

Important information

  • Please read your QTAC Guide and use the website for a wealth of information
  • Make sure you have the course prerequisites and the OP/Rank score to get in otherwise you will miss out! Use Diplomas (e.g. Griffith College/TAFE) as back up courses for preferences 5 or 6.
  • Make sure you have a tax file number, if you don't already go to ato.gov.au to find out how to get one (you won't need this for the QTAC application, but you will need it for when you enrol if you get an offer)
  • If you are applying to study Education you must complete an online questionnaire including statements to demonstrate your suitability. Go to http://www.qtac.edu.au/courses---institutions/initial-teacher-education for more information
  • Make sure the institution you are applying for allows deferring – please check
  • Payment – use of a credit card will be easier. If you use BPAY you will receive and invoice which must then be paid. If you do not pay you will not get into any of your courses!
  • NZ citizens need to check study assist website (https://www.studyassist.gov.au) for eligibility
  • Course costs are on QTAC website: http://www.qtac.edu.au/courses---institutions/course-costs
  • Check your email regularly as you only have 4 days to respond to each offer that comes through. You will receive an email and SMS so have no excuse not to respond.
  • Be aware you can authorise someone else to access your application if required
  • If needed you can add semester 2 preferences later but just note that semester 2 can sometimes get harder to get into!
  • Information for parents: http://www.qtac.edu.au/for-parents 

Please note:

QTAC – University applications

  • All parents/guardians/students have been emailed the full QTAC powerpoint presentation
  • All parents/guardians/students have been emailed QTAC guide online
  • All students have been given hard copy of QTAC guide
  • How to apply workshops will run weekly at school starting week 8 Term 3
  • Universities and Guidance Officer available Year 12 information night for questions
  • Guidance Officer available for support at school in J block

 

Ace your applications

It's that time of year, when regardless of your next move after high school, you'll be needing to start applications. Applications to uni, TAFE, applying for jobs, scholarships, bursaries, or even applying for gap year projects or visas to travel overseas. Here's our top tips on putting together a great application, that'll get you noticed for all the right reasons.

Find out how to apply

If you're applying directly to a uni or TAFE, check their "how to apply" pages and make sure you know the process, and what you'll need to complete your application. Not all institutions will take direct applications though, and you might need to apply through a TAC.

Read about the application process for applying through Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs). QTAC in Queensland, UAC in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, UTAS in Tasmania, VTAC in Victoria, SATAC in South Australia and the Northern Territory and TISC in Western Australia.

If you're applying for work, make sure you read what the employer wants in the application and how to submit it.

Know the key dates – if you submit applications late (after they have closed), you may not be considered and miss out.

Meet the requirements

Most importantly, if there are any eligibility criteria, make sure you read them and that you can tick off each one. If you submit an application but don't meet the entry requirements, then you're not going to be successful.

Usually this means you're the legal age, your residency status is suitable, you have basic skills such as language, literacy and numeracy that meet a required level.

For Uni and TAFE courses, you may need a minimum ATAR / OP, to have studied particular subjects and/or modules, have specific skills.

For scholarships etc. you may need to be a certain gender, have been accepted to study at a specific institution or to do a particular subject. You might need to prove your indigenous, financial, disability, special consideration, rural or other status.

For some jobs, you might need previous qualifications or skills, (and be able to prove them).

Be prepared

Once you know how to apply, when you need to apply by, and that you're eligible. Spend some time getting together all the bits and bobs you're going to need. This could include:

  • Personal details:
  • Do you need proof like a Medicare card, Centrelink number, birth certificate, change of name certification, proof of address such as driver's license or passport?
  • If you have them, check they are valid and show the correct details. Otherwise you might have to get them updated before you can apply, or find alternative documentation.
  • Check if you'll need to provide copies of documentation, how those can be accepted (scanned, email, hard copies, etc.), and check if they'll need to be certified by a JP or someone else with the right authority.
  • For TAFE, apprenticeships, traineeships or other recognised training, you'll probably need a USI.
  • If you'll be getting paid by your trainer or employer, then you're likely to need a tax file number (TFN), so make sure you've applied for one and you have the details handy

  • Education:
  • Do you have the right proof of your exam results, academic, sporting, performing, leadership or community achievements at school, have you provided supporting letters of recommendation?
  • If not, try to get hold of all the documentation before you start your application. Your school should be able to help you out. 
  • Back up your claims:
  • It's easy to tell someone you've got tonnes of skills and experience, but you'll need to be able to support those claims. Even better if you can do it (briefly) in your application, rather than waiting until the interview.
  • Use examples (short and relevant), of your skills. E.g. "I've developed great team working skills through captaining the school soccer team".
  • Make sure you've got great references. This is important if you're applying for jobs particularly. Potential employers will be happy to see you're reliable, got relevant experience, or are well regarded by other professionals.
  • For more tips on how to write a professional resume, this blog could help It's all about the resume. Or have a look at our Super Simple Resume Builder and other resources
  • If your application requires a portfolio, video or some other form of media, make sure you have all your best work ready to go. Well-presented and looking it's best, edited to perfection with great content.

Take your time

If you don't spend much time on you application(s), chances are it will show in the end product. Which could mean that you go to the bottom of the pile.

Make sure you provide everything that's required to complete to application – this could be a copy of your resume and a covering letter, a completed application form, and any supporting evidence required.

Fill in all the details correctly.

Personalise your application. If you send off a generic application or cover letter, you might not make the best impression that you can. Make the time to address why you think you'd be the best fit for the course or job. Adjust the information you provide to highlight the skills and qualifications you've got that best the meet the requirements.

In general, it's best to keep applications short and relevant. There might be loads of other applications submitted and if yours is brilliant, but really long – it might not get the attention it deserves.

Try and make your personality shine through. Yeah sure you have all the right qualifications and skills, and you meet any other criteria, but so might dozens more applicants. If you can tailor your applications and allow the reader to get a glimpse of you, it could ensure that you get through to the next stage.

Finally, check your work. Check it once, twice is better, three times even. Ask a friend or family member to have a read before you submit and ask them to be brutally honest about any changes you need to make, mistakes you've made or information that's missing.

Press SEND

After all your hard work, don't forget to do the final stages – press the send or submit button, get it in the post (or to the courier if the deadline's approaching or it's a portfolio of all your original work).

 

Southern Cross University Information

We have exciting events and programs happening at Southern Cross University

STAR Early Offer
Take advantage of Southern Cross University's STAR Early Offer program, available exclusively to Year 12 students. You can pursue your dream degree or simply expand your options. This free program allows you to find out whether you have an offer into university before your ATAR/OP is released, based on your schools recommendation. An application will take you under 5 minutes but be quick as applications close 13 September 2019!

How does it work?

All you need to do is lodge an application through the link provided below between 1 May 2019 and 13 Sept 2019 nominating your degree and campus of choice. It's an easy process that should only take you about 5-10 minutes! Your school will then assess your application and make their recommendation according to Southern Cross University guidelines.

There are three levels of the program that your school will use to guide their recommendation: STAR PlatinumSTAR Entry and STAR Pathway.

To apply please go to: https://www.scu.edu.au/star-early-offer/

Head-Start

Applications are now open for Southern Cross University's Head-Start program. Students who are currently in Year 10 or 11 are encouraged to apply now to start in 2020. On the completion of the program and Year 12 studies, students will have a guaranteed offer into a Southern Cross University degree. For more information on eligibility, please visit scu.edu.au/headstart.

 

Scholarships

Click the below links to find out more about their scholarships programs.

Bond University

Griffith University

Southern Cross University

Gold Coast TAFE

Study Queensland

Good University Guide Scholarships

Queensland University of Technology (Gardens Point Campus)

University of Queensland

SAE Creative Media Institute Brisbane

  

Indigenous Support

Support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways run across Australia and were once the main form of travel and exchange. Pathways are not only areas of physical movement, but also places where knowledge and meaning flow.

On this page, you'll find information that will help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in consultation with their families and communities, consider a range of options for making deadly pathways after school.

Financial support

Government support

Did you know that the Australian government provides financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking further education and training?

  • ABSTUDY provides financial help to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian apprenticeship.

Scholarships

Did you know that there are scholarships available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people that can help pay for further education and training and/or living expenses while studying?

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme offers three scholarships each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to study pharmacy.
  • The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme offers financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying towards an entry-level qualification in an eligible health-related discipline at an Australian university or TAFE (certificate IV and above).
  • Each of Queensland's universities offers awards and scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

University & TAFE support

There are support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at TAFE and at each of Queensland's universities.

Employment support

Did you know that there are employment programs and support services available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people?

Apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy offers mentoring support and apprenticeship and traineeship services to students.

Banking

Health

Public sector

  • The Australian Public Service Commission is responsible for the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, which aims to build Indigenous employment within the Commonwealth public sector.

Starting your own business

  • Indigenous Business Australia provides information, loans and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people starting their own business.

Jobs and careers websites

  • GenerationOne has information on mentoring, business, employment, community and education opportunities and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The Koori Mail posts job vacancies and graduate employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The National Indigenous Times posts job ads for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the print editions of the National Indigenous Times

 

2020 Senior Pathways Information

Career planning resources

Career Exploration

Tertiary Information

Vocational Education and Training

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Apprenticeships Info  is a one-stop shop for information about apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland.
  • Australian Apprenticeships  provides information about Australian apprenticeships for employers, job seekers, school leavers and career advisers.
  • Australian Apprenticeships Pathways helps students find available apprenticeships and provides links to job pathways charts and job descriptions.
  • The Group Training Australia website is a directory of organisations offering traineeships and apprenticeships across the country.
  • MySkills provides information about vocational education and training and connects students with nationally accredited training providers.
  • Queensland Skills Gateway contains everything students need to know about vocational education and training in Queensland, including courses, training providers, government funding and career pathways.

Workforce

  • JobActive includes job advertisements, information about training providers and tips on résumé writing and writing job applications.
  • JobAccess contains information about disability employment services, including job advertisements, financial support for workplace modifications and support for finding or changing jobs
  • CareerOne provides job listings, career advice, job hunting tips and company profiles designed to help you with your job search.
  • Australian JobSearch helps you find jobs and career information.
  • Seek contains an extensive listing of job vacancies, career development resources, training information and tips on how to look for and apply for jobs.

Other resources

  • Student Connect
  • Study Queensland — information for international students on Queensland study opportunities, universities, programs, courses, visa procedures, costs, lifestyle and Australian education contacts worldwide
  • Queensland Ombudsman — independently reviews the administrative actions of state government agencies
  • Australian Qualifications Framework — national framework for all regulated qualifications in Australian education and training

Parent information


Workshops & Courses

Griffith | Application Support Nights

South Bank - 29 October 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Logan - 30 October 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gold Coast - 31 October 2019, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Register to attend QTAC Application Support Nights to receive personalised assistance from one of Griffith's study advisers to start and/or complete your QTAC application. QTAC staff and the Griffith Admissions team will also be on hand to help with any questions you might have.

Find out more: https://www.griffith.edu.au/application-support-nights

UQ | Introduction to Robotics Workshop

1 October 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The University of Queensland, Saint Lucia

This workshop introduces students to the exciting world of robotics by building and programming robots. The workshop aims to improve the analytical and problem solving skills of students, and complements the new Technology curriculum by providing a project-based learning activity.

Find out more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introduction-to-robotics-workshop-october-2019-tickets-59144491767

Boongarry's Vets in Progress – Osprey Program

24 September 2019, 8:45 am - 25 September 2019, 5:00 pm

Boongarry Veterinary Surgery

Boongarry Veterinary Surgery offer a school holiday program, tailored exclusively for young people. The program provides youth aged 15-17 with an insight into working in the animal industry, while promoting animal welfare, responsible pet ownership and animal care. The program also includes industry guest presenters, practical real-life scenarios, prizes, giveaways and heaps more.

Find out more: http://www.boongarryvet.com.au/training-research
 

Torrens University | Day in the Life Health Workshop

3 October 2019, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Torrens University Australia, Fortitude Valley Campus

Considering a Career in Health? Unsure which path to take?

Register for Torrens' Day in the Life workshops and take the opportunity to experience what it's like to work and study in Nutrition or Sports Development.

Run by Torrens' talented team, take part in free professional workshops in:

  • Nutrition
  • Sports Development

Hear first-hand what it's like studying with Torrens and take a tour of their campus!

Find out more: https://www.torrens.edu.au/about/events-and-workshops/day-in-the-life-health-brisbane
 

Introduction to Actuarial Science Online Course

The Australian National University is offering a fully online course for those who may be interested in studying Actuarial Science.

The course is available to anyone, even without any prior knowledge of Actuarial Science. During the course you will learn:

  • The basics of actuarial science
  • Valuing series of cash flows
  • Incorporating uncertainty into cash flows due to investment and mortality
  • Monte-Carlo simulation of uncertain cash flows in Excel (or an equivalent spreadsheet tool)
  • Applying actuarial techniques to life insurance and predicting human life expectancy
  • How actuarial science is used in finance, investments, banking and insurance

During the course you will also hear from a wide variety of actuaries about their careers.

If you are thinking about studying Actuarial Science but aren't quite sure where to begin, this course could be the perfect starting point.

Find out more here: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-actuarial-science-anux-anu-actuarialx-1
 

Griffith University Mathematics B Bridging Course

Wanting to start a university degree that has Mathematics B as a prerequisite but didn't study the subject in high school? No worries! Griffith University offers an intensive bridging course to help you get into the degree of your dreams.

The course will run from Monday 25 November to Friday 13 December and involves lectures, tutorials and quizzes to assist your learning. You can take the course at either the Gold Coast or Nathan campuses.

Find out more and sign up here: https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/griffithpay/Mathematics-B-Bridging-Course-Intensive-Gold-Coast-and-Nathan.html
 

NIDA Drama School – Holiday Program

NIDA is running a series of drama workshops from students in years 7-10 over the upcoming school holidays. The courses help students to develop performance skills including improvisation, voice and movement, devising, acting and rehearsing scenes. Students will perform scenes at the end of the week for family and friends.

They are running at the following locations:

  • St Laurence's College, Brisbane
  • Townsville Grammar School
  • The Southport School, Gold Coast
  • Trinity Bay High School, Cairns

If you are thinking about going to NIDA or enjoy acting and drama, this course could be perfect for you.

Find out more and enrol here: https://www.open.nida.edu.au/course/OHNDS12
 

Think. Create. Code

With many careers today involving some form of computation, there is a growing urgency for individuals to move beyond digital literacy, to understand how digital technologies work, and to develop literacy in code.

The University of Adelaide is offering a MOOC called "Think. Create. Code" to help students understand the inner workings of digital technology, and creating and manipulating images with code. Your images and animations will be displayed in an online Art Gallery, forming part of a vibrant learning community.

You will also develop effective computational thinking skills and concepts transferable to other coding environments and programming languages.

What you'll learn:

  • Computational thinking skills
  • Introductory programming concepts, such as sequencing, iteration and selection
  • Skills and knowledge of how to create art and basic animations with ProcessingJS
  • Preparation for study of computer science or other programming languages

The course can be done from anywhere at anytime.

Find out more and enrol here: https://www.edx.org/course/think-create-code-adelaidex-code101x-3
 

Music Technology Foundations Online Course

Have you always dreamed of writing and producing your own music?

The University of Adelaide is offering a fully-online short course in music technology foundations, giving you the knowledge and skills you need to start creating your own music.

In this course, you'll learn about the core principles of music technology, including sound, audio, MIDI, effects and sequencing.

What you'll learn:

  • How to produce and record your own music
  • History, theory and practice of music technology
  • Sound, audio, MIDI, effects and sequencing
  • Hands-on practice with music-making using contemporary digital tools

The course is self-paced and can be done from anywhere at anytime.

Find out more and enrol here: https://www.edx.org/course/music-technology-foundations
 

Learn About "Imagineering" at Disney

Have you ever visited a Walt Disney theme park, marvelled at the fantastic rides and attractions and wondered just how people come up with those ideas?

Well now you can get an insight into the minds of the "Imagineers" at Disney and see behind the scenes. Disney has released an online course called "Imagineering in a Box", showing you how artists, designers and engineers work together to create theme parks.

The course combines a wide variety of skills, including story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering, to show students how they can create their own immersive experiences. It is designed to encourage creativity and innovation.

Best of all, it's completely free.

Get inspired and view the course online here: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/hass-storytelling/imagineering-in-a-box

 

Scholarships & Competitions

Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust

Value: $3,000 - $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 18, 2019 – October 31, 2019

The Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through tertiary education. Through the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs, ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors and private donors, we provide scholarships which assist recipients to obtain the tertiary qualification they need for their chosen career.

To be eligible to apply for AVCAT scholarship you must:

  • have Australian residency
  • be the child or grandchild of a person with operational service (as defined by the legislation) or three or more years continuous full-time other service, as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Air Force
  • be planning to enrol or be enrolled in tertiary education in Australia at an Australian university, TAFE or registered training organisation in 2019
  • be studying or planning to study full-time on-line or face-to-face
  • be receiving, or be eligible to receive, Centrelink Youth Allowance or an equivalent educational payment
  • be under the age of 25 (except for exceptional circumstances)

Find out more 

Australian Seniors Aged Care Futures Grant

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: June 1, 2019 – October 31, 2019

The Australian Seniors Insurance Agency was established to provide cost effective insurance solutions for mature Australians in 1998. We do this by providing a range of insurance products and policies designed to suit those over 50 years old. We believe in supporting the ageing community of Australia in a number of ways, and a big area is healthcare. So with that in mind, we are helping to encourage the best people into the healthcare, age care industry by providing the Australian Seniors Aged Care Futures Grant.

  1. To be eligible, you must be enrolled full-time in an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution and be studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship in any of the following areas:
    • Aged Care
    • Aged Care Nursing
    • Dementia Care
    • Disabilities Care
    • Any other courses leading to similar careers as an aged carer
  1. Only citizens or permanent residents of Australia can apply.
  2. You must have reached 18 years of age to enter.

To apply for the Australian Seniors Aged Care Futures Grant, you will need to write an essay (maximum 500 words) on why you want to work in your selected industry and the difference you hope to make in your particular field of study.

Find out more 

Art in Bark Bursary

Value: $10,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – January 17, 2020

The Art in Bark Bursary is to support a student beginning their Fine Art studies at QCA with high aptitude for art (assessed through a folio of work), who is aspiring to make a career in Fine Arts, and who is coming to study at QCA from a regional or remote area of Queensland.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or have Permanent Resident status
  • be a commencing student in the Bachelor of Fine Art in 2020
  • be relocating from a regional or remote location in Queensland to attend University. The University uses the Australian Bureau of Statistics Map with the 2016 Remoteness Area Boundary Type and geocoder Search to determine eligibility.

Find out more

 

Griffith Regional Journalism Scholarship

Value: $40,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – December 16, 2019

The Regional Journalism Scholarship supports students from regional and remote areas commencing study in the Bachelor of Communication and Journalism program.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holder, Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen living in Australia
  • be eligible for admission into Griffith University's Bachelor of Communication and Journalism program in 2020
  • be from a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Standard Geographic Classifications Remoteness area or have a sufficient connection to a regional or remote area by previously residing in a regional or remote area for a total of at least 3 years out of the last five years or completed your final two years of schooling in a high school or college in a regional or remote area
  • not be in receipt of any other scholarship funding from the Commonwealth or State or territory government or other body

Find out more

Relocation Scholarship for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

Value: $3,000 - $5,000

Closing Date: 31 October 2019

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is a centre of excellence for both research and education. IMAS' research is innovative, relevant and globally distinctive. IMAS delivers first-class programs resulting in highly trained scientists and researchers serving the needs of academic institutions, industry, government and the community. These generous scholarships are offered by IMAS to encourage high achieving students relocating from interstate, or Tasmanian students who are required to move away from home, to study at IMAS and to assist with relocation expenses.

Available to domestic students relocating from interstate, or Tasmanian students (i.e. students with a permanent residential address in Tasmania at the time of application), who are required to relocate to either Hobart or Launceston to study, and who are commencing their first year of study (year 1) in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 2020, for the first time, in the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science (P3L). Students must have achieved an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR) of 85 or above, OP8 or above, or IB30 or above in 2019. The bursary will commence in the first semester of study.

Find out more 

2020 Glover Prize

The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) is an award for a landscape painting of Tasmania awarded by The John Glover Society Inc. Entry is open to local, interstate and international artists.

The winner receives $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover (1767– 1849) by Peter Corlett valued at $5,000.

Entries are open until Friday 24 January.

Find out more and enter here: https://www.johnglover.com.au

FYA Unleashed Awards

Each year, the Foundation for Young Australians hosts the Unleashed Awards to celebrate incredible initiatives, led by young people, addressing issues big and small, whether it's in the local community or broader society.

FYA's Unleashed Awards are a unique opportunity to back, connect, and celebrate young people who are contributing to and leading change.

In 2019 there are six categories open for nominations for young people aged 12-29. Finalists from across the country will be flown to the ceremony where award winners will be announced at Melbourne Town Hall on the night of Thursday 14 November, 2019.

Each category has a prize of $1000. The categories for this year are:

  • Jumpstart Award (ages 12-17)
  • Local Legend Award (ages 12-25)
  • Too Deadly Award (Indigenous youth ages 15-29)
  • Gamechanger Award (ages 18-29)
  • Storyteller Award (ages 15-29)
  • Spotlight Award (ages 12-29)

For finalists not based in Victoria, FYA will cover the flights and accommodation for one representative from each shortlisted entry plus a chaperone if they are under 18, or a friend if they are over 18.

Find out more and nominate someone here: https://www.fya.org.au/unleashed/

 

Further Learning

Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s

The Queensland Government will be covering the training costs of apprentices and trainees under the age of 21, starting from now to 30 June 2023. There are 139 priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications covered.

Industries that are part of the scheme include:

  • Agriculture and horticulture
  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Beauty and hairdressing
  • Building and construction
  • Child care
  • Community services
  • Creative
  • Electrotechnology and utilities
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality and cookery
  • Laboratory science
  • Manufacturing and design
  • Meat and food processing
  • Racing
  • Resources and mining
  • Water industry

You can read the full statement and view a list of the qualifications covered here.

MIGAS 2020 Apprenticeship Intake

Applications are now open for MIGAS and Origin Energy's apprenticeship intake for 2020.

The apprenticeships will be based in the Surat Basin region and may work across Origin sites in Condabri Central, Talinga, Reedy Creek (Yuleba) and Spring Gully.

They are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Electrical Instrumentation and Control (Dual Trade) Apprenticeship (5 year duration)
  • Mechanical Fitting Apprenticeship (4 year duration)
  • Process Plant Operations Traineeship (2 year duration)
  • Wellsite Operations Traineeship (2 year duration)

If you are interested, find out more and apply here: https://www.migas.com.au/jobs/origin-apprenticeship-and-traineeship-intake/

Endeavour College of Natural Health | Open Day, Brisbane & Gold Coast

12 October 2019, 10:00 am

Endeavour College of Natural Health – Brisbane & Gold Coast Campuses

If you're thinking about studying natural health, Endeavour College of Natural Health's Open Day is the perfect opportunity to discover more about our degrees, meet our academics and current students and tour the campus.

Here's what you can expect from our Open Day:

  • Meet our industry expert academics and teaching staff
  • Chat with current students about their experience
  • Tour the campus and visit our teaching clinic, library, student areas and teaching rooms
  • Discover what career options are available to you after graduating
  • Find out more about our courses including what you'll learn, assessment types, hands on experience and more
  • If you have prior education or work experience, learn about our pathway entry options which could count towards your degree
  • Meet with our student enrolment advisors to discuss your study options, which course is right for you, fees and payments, applying and enrolling

Find out more: https://www.endeavour.edu.au/open-day
 

JCU | Exchange Information Session

16 October 2019, 2:00 pm - 16 October 2019, 3:00 pm

JCU: James Cook University, Australia, Cairns, Smithfield Campus, McGregor Road, Smithfield QLD, Australia

Find out how you can study and travel while completing your JCU degree at the Exchange Information Session.

Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/jcu-university-cairns/exchange-information-session/351013565602985/

 

Resources 

Volunteer for National Bandanna Day

Now in its 25th year, National Bandanna Day is on Friday 25 October. National Bandanna Day is the major fundraising and awareness campaign for CanTeen Australia, and helps raise funds and awareness for young people living with cancer.

You can volunteer to help out on the day and sell bandannas. Your contribution could help to make a positive difference in someone's life.

Find out more about volunteering here: https://www.canteen.org.au/bandanna-day/volunteer-to-help-on-the-day/

Keep Track of your Social Media Time

Feel like you check your phone way too much? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, and before you realise it an hour has passed?

Well, did you know that Instagram has an in-built feature that tracks the amount of time you spend on the app? It's great for getting a visual on how much time you really spend on your feed.

And best of all, you can also set yourself reminders after you've been on for a certain amount of time. So now you can manage your social media time without even having to think about it!

Read up on some more great tips about how to manage your social media time here.

Muskathlon Indonesia

Looking for a challenge that'll help you see the world, look great on your resume, and raise money for a good cause?

Choose whether you run a half-, full- or ultra-marathon (21km, 42km or 63km), trek 42km through the mountainous terrain of Sumba, or cycle 120km over rugged terrain.

You'll get to take in amazing scenery and the money you raise will go towards helping children in poverty.

The challenge takes place between 04 Jun – 15 Jun, 2020, but registrations close on 30 September 2019.

Find out more about the trip, how to register, whats included in the price of $1,900 (and what's not).

 

Ready to leave school?

If you're about to leave school and begin the next chapter of life, it can be exciting and of course – a little bit daunting.

Here's our top things to consider, if you haven't already.

Money:

Whether you plan to start working straight away, get an apprenticeship or traineeship, or plan to do further study and work part time, there's a few things you'll need to sort out:

Think about how you want to manage your money. For example:

  • Decide where you want to bank and set up an account.

(If you already have a bank account set up then you could make an appointment to chat with your bank and see if they have anything that could suit you better). Or shop around and see what other banks are offering.

  • The best way to access your money – credit cards can get really expensive, leaving you with lots of debt if you don't pay them off quickly.
  • In addition to your super it's great to have a savings account where you can put money out of temptations way while you save up for a trip, car, house deposit or whatever else you're planning.
  • Planning and sticking to a budget. Sounds boring, right? But not nearly as boring as running out of money before payday and watching all your mates go out and have fun, when you can't even afford more than 2 minute noodles for tea.  You can always allocate some "fun money" for those days when you do want to splurge a little.
  • Check you're being paid and taxed correctly. 

Learn about Tax and find out how to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). You don't want to find yourself in debt or in trouble with the ATO.

Retirement may seem like a really, really long time away – and you're probably right. But it's still really important that you learn about superannuation, find a great super fund that's right for you, and get yourself set up.

If you'd like to go on to study further, see what scholarships are available and apply for them. If you'd like to go to uni, then find out what finance options you have.

Further Study:

If you don't really want to dive headfirst into work and you're really keen to continue studying, there are lots of options out there for you.

  • Find out all about studying at Uni or TAFE and how to apply.  If you're keen to start travelling but you'd also like to study, you could investigate your overseas study options. Remember to get your applications in on time and supply all the supporting documentation required.
  • Learn about what Apprenticeships or Traineeships have to offer, and if that's an option you'd like to pursue.
  • If you're planning to study further, find out if you'll need to get a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and create one if you'll need it.

Maybe you know what you'd like to do, but you haven't got the foundations (skills, results or education) you'll need. Bear in mind there are always alternative pathways open to you and start finding out how you can achieve your goals.

You can read our blogs Have you heard of 'Alternative Pathways'? and Need to follow an alternative pathway?, if you need a bit more insight. There'll be more information and links coming soon to the Study Work Grow website too.

Accommodation:

If you'll be moving out of home, for work or study, then you'll need to find accommodation options that are within your budget.

Take care that as well as meeting your budget, the location and any other requirements are also met. It could drive you nuts if you find a super cheap apartment, but it takes you 2 hours to get to work or uni. Not to mention it'll cost you more in travel expenses.

  • Contact all the utilities companies and arrange to have bills placed in your name, so you don't find yourself without electricity, internet, gas etc.
  • Remember to notify organisations about your change of address, e.g. bank, license, employer, super, ATO.
  • You might also want to look at insurance for the contents of your new home.

Other things you might need to do:

Write a great resume. We've got some useful hints and tips on our page.

Get your own Medicare card. You can apply for your own when you're 15.

Set up your Centrelink account and access it online at myGov or through the app – you may have to visit an office to obtain your Customer Reference Number (CRN), if your parents aren't able to tell you what it is.

Register on the electoral roll and remember to update your address when or if you move.

Once you've checked everything off your list, you can relax and get to enjoying life after school.

 

Job Spotlight

Landscaping

Landscaping encompasses everything from design and construction to maintenance and management of outdoor environments and all their features – from trees, plants, lawns, water features and irrigation to walls, drives and other constructions.

You could specialise in domestic gardens, commercial or industrial landscapes. Within those areas you could specialise further into hardscaping (paving and landscape construction) or softscaping (plant establishment and maintenance). There are plenty of areas where landscaping work is required, such as residential homes, schools, commercial enterprises (such as golf courses and hotels), local councils, roadsides and streetscapes, parklands, and many more.

What type of person would this job suit?

  • You'll need to enjoy being outdoors, appreciate the natural world and getting your hands dirty
  • Have at least basic knowledge of plants and their maintenance, pests, soils and drainage
  • The work can be physically demanding so you may need to be fit and strong (depending on your role)
  • Creative, with an eye for design and strong attention to detail would be a bonus
  • Be practically minded, with the skills to work with a variety of tools, and possibly small to heavy plant machinery
  • Be good at planningprioritising and multi-tasking
  • Enjoy working on your own
  • Work well in a team if you'd like to take on the design, planning and construction elements
  • Have good communication skills to interpret what your customers need and want
  • Business skills, if you would like to get promoted to management or decide to become self-employed
  • Resourceful and able to problem solve

Industries where landscaping qualifications could be used:

  • Arboriculture
  • Landscape Services
  • Gardening Services
  • Turf and Sports Turf Management
  • Retail Nursery and Nursery Production
  • Horticulture

Pathways

If you're passionate about growing plants and have a passion for enhancing outdoor environments, then a career in one of these industries may be for you.

You can choose to head to university and gain a degree, which could make you immediately able to apply for more specialist roles. There are also plenty of apprenticeships available which could provide a qualification, salary, plus work experience.

Study a Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) at QUT, you'll need an OP 11 or selection rank (ATAR) 77 to be eligible. Or the Bachelor of Landscape Design at UCwhere the required selection rank is just 60.

The 3 + 2 Landscape Architect from UWA is a good example of a comprehensive course that could see you qualified with a Masters after 5 years. You'll need an ATAR of 80.0 to be eligible to apply.

Alternatively, you can start out at TAFE and gain a Cert II, III or IV, then complete an apprenticeship, or get some work experience, before deciding if you want to go to uni later to improve your skillset further.

The Cert II in Landscaping available from a number of RTO's including North Metro TAFE in WA, is a good example of an introductory course that could get you started.

Levels

Landscape Gardener / Labourer

Certificate II in Landscaping may be desirable

You might be maintaining gardens for privates homes, commercial and other large public settings. Planting, pruning and looking after trees, lawns, flowers and hedges. You might also get projects where you'll have to install irrigation, build pathways, retaining walls, water features and other outdoor structures.

The average salary is $48,000 per year at this level. You could work for a company or set up your own business.

Jobs:

Lawn Mower | Gardener – Sydney NSW

Landscape Gardener – Sydney, NSW

Parks and Garden Maintenance – Adelaide, SA

Labouring Assistant – Perth, WA

Landscape Tradesperson

Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Normally you'll have successfully completed an apprenticeship and have more skills to be involved in a wide range of landscaping activities. Typically, this could be supervising landscape maintenance, paving, construction of decks and other features, setting out landscape works, co-ordinating planting, and operating heavy machinery and other equipment.

The average salary is $56,000 per year at this level.

Jobs:

Landscape Construction Tradesperson – Sydney, NSW

Supervisor / Leading Hand Landscape Construction – Fremantle, WA

Landscaper – Brisbane, QLD 

Landscape Supervisor

Certificate IV in Horticulture

Duties in this role could include supervising a team of workers, project managing a variety of landscape planting and construction works, preparing designs, purchasing materials, and operating a budget.

There are a number of ways to get work as a landscape supervisor, but most begin as landscape tradespersons.

The average salary is $64,000 per year at this level.

Jobs:

Landscape Supervisor / Foreman – Darwin, NT

Commercial Landscape Supervisor – Brisbane, QLD

Civil Landscape Foreman – Sydney, NSW 

Landscape Manager

Certificate IV in Landscape Design or Horticulture + relevant work experience in Supervisory role or

Diploma of Landscape Design

Landscape managers take on responsibility for managing business activities related to the landscaping industry.

You could be managing projects, overseeing the design of structures and features, preparing quotes and reports, or meeting, advising and liaising with clients.

The average salary is $73,000 per year at this level.

Jobs:

Project Manager – Melbourne, VIC

Project Manager / Estimator – Cairns, QLD

Project Manager – Sydney, NSW 

Landscape Architect / Planner

Degree in architectural design or landscape architecture

You'd be working with clients to plan and design landscapes for commercial, industrial, institutional, residential and recreational buildings and landscapes. The works would be carried out by teams of landscapers. You could be partially involved in the project management and handover.

The average salary at this level is $87,000, but may be much more, especially if bonuses and perks are included.

Jobs:

Graduate Landscape Architect – Melbourne, VIC

Landscape Architect – Melbourne, VIC

Landscape Architect / Project Manager – Sydney, NSW 

Growth in this industry is very strong and expected to remain so.

 

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Last reviewed 18 September 2019
Last updated 18 September 2019