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Interesting Reads

  • Want to study in the US/UK, for more information – click here (Study Work Grow)
  • Understanding alternative pathways to UNI – click here (Study Work Grow)
  • The rise of social media recruitment – click here (SMH)


Job Spotlight – Agriculture, Vet Science and Rural Careers

 From agriculture and horticulture, forestry and fisheries, to dairy farming or biosecurity, you can build a career that gets you outside. Cutting-edge tech is transforming this industry, and you could find yourself monitoring herds via drone, investigating marine stocks via minisub, or developing crops that feed more people with less drain on resources.

 Click here for more information.


Early bird fees Closing – UAC and other interstate equivalents

If you’re applying for University in 2020 through a Tertiary Admissions Centre (such as UAC), then you’ll know that an application fee applies (with the exception of UTAS applications).

There is still plenty of time to get your applications in, but if you’d like to take advantage of the early bird (lower) fees, then you’ll need to get your applications submitted by the following dates.


UAC  (New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory), applications submitted before midnight 30 September 2019 will only be charged a $70 fee.

After this date (up until applications close on 7 February 2020), the fee goes up to $200.


VTAC  (Victoria) submit your application by 5pm 30 September 2019 if you only want to pay $39.

After this date the price goes up to $113 for applications submitted by 5pm 1 November 2019, and $148 for applications after that up until 5pm 6 December 2019.


SATAC  (South Australian and the Northern Territory) application fee is $45 if you get it submitted by 30 September 2019. After the early bird cut off date, the fee will be $185.


TISC  (Western Australia) only pay $50 for your application, if you submit it before 11pm 30 September 2019. After that date it’ll go up to $165.


QTAC  (Queensland) only have one fee of $44 per application right up until 29 February 2020. So there’s no need to hurry to make the most of the early bird fee, but applying earlier could remove some of the pressure during your final exam period.


UTAS  (Tasmania) don’t charge an application fee, but they do list their ‘on-time’ application closing date as 5pm 30 September 2019.


Ms Katrina Smith and Ms Alexi Kayes

Careers Advisers

Higher Education Information

True Rewards – Western Sydney

For Year 12’s interested in True Rewards (early entry) at Western Sydney, they have released a new summary page of the program, which is a lot clearer than the website previously was.

Please see here for details. There is a portal where you need to apply, click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact careers.

ACU | Campus Tour

25 September 2019, 10:00 am

Australian Catholic University, North Sydney Campus

Get a feel for campus life before you even start. Join one of ACU’s monthly tours to see what’s on offer.

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Charles Sturt Early Entry Information

If you have applied for CSU early entry, Students are reminded that they will need to have their offered course as their first preference in December Offer Round 2, in order for it to be changed over to unconditional.

University of Sydney | Business School – Honours Information Session

27 September 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The University of Sydney, Camperdown

Discover the Business School’s honours program and be inspired as you develop research skills designed to fast track your future. This session will give you the opportunity to interact with current and past honours students.

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Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme

University of Sydney’s Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme helps students transition to university and eases the financial pressure of their first-year studies. For those completing EAS, Financial applications only. Applications are accepted via UAC’s Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) and close on 11.59pm, 30 September 2019.

UTS | Honours in Science – Info Evening

1 October 2019, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

University of Technology Sydney

Meet researchers and current students, and learn about the exciting science research areas available for honours at UTS:

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Medical and Molecular Biosciences
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Physics and Nanotechnology
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Forensics
  • Biomedical Physics

Find out more

UTS | Jumbunna Pathways program 

This pathway program gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an opportunity to show their capability and motivation for higher studies. Selection is based on factors including previous education, life and work experience.

Applications are open

University of Sydney | Campus Tour

4 October 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The University of Sydney, Camperdown

Are you a future student? Come and join us for a guided tour of our Camperdown/Darlington campus led by our Student Ambassadors. Our Visit Sydney University Tours allow you to gain an insider’s look at the campus and get the answers to any burning questions you have about university. Friends and family are welcome.

Tours are run from 4 to 5pm on the first Friday of every month.

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CQU | STEPS Information Session, Sydney

20 September 2019, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

CQUniversity Sydney

Need a little help to meet the entry requirements of your chosen university course? Or perhaps you just want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study.

Find out how CQUniversity can be the support to your study and take the first step toward a brighter future with our Skills For Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course.

STEPS is a free, Centrelink approved enabling course that is designed to help you acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to gain entry into university.

Find out more

UTS | Campus Tour

22 October 2019, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

University of Technology Sydney

Explore Australia’s most innovative campus, located in the heart of Sydney with the best the city has to offer. Our experienced Student Ambassadors will lead you through the Broadway and Haymarket precincts, including a stop at the iconic Dr Chau Chak Building and the 220 seat multi-disciplinary Super Lab. They can help you answer your questions about courses, university life and all the exciting opportunities available to students at UTS.

Find out more

Apprenticeship Information

Master Builders Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Are you wanting to do a construction apprenticeship, but aren’t sure if you have the necessary skills?

Master Builders have created a three week Pre-Apprenticeship Program designed to help you gain the knowledge you need to become an apprentice. During the program you will learn all about tool handling, earn your White Card, learn about first aid and site safety, and participate in a hands-on simulated workshop environment.

The program is run at the Master Builders Education Centre in Norwest.

Find out more and register your interest here

Electrical Apprenticeship with HVTC

HVTC are currently taking applications for an Electrical Apprenticeship in Bomaderry, starting in 2020.

During the apprenticeship, you’ll be employed by HVTC while completing on-the-job training with the host employer Manildra Group.

You will complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology over 4 years through a combination of formal training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and practical on-the-job experience.

Throughout your formal training and practical experience in the workplace, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform general and preventative electrical maintenance
  • Read electrical and mechanical diagrams, drawings or specifications to determine job requirements
  • Plan the layout of wiring systems
  • Test for, locate and repair electrical faults
  • Install new electrical systems
  • Carry out other duties that are within the limits of apprentice skills, competence and ability as required by Manildra Group

Applications are open until Friday 22 September.

Find out more and apply here

Holiday Workshops

WSU | Public Astronomy Night: How to be a Cosmic Revolutionary

21 September 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Western Sydney University Penrith Campus (Kingswood)

Our universe is a strange place, but have scientists made it a bit too weird? Expanding space? Curved space? Dark matter and dark energy? Redshift? Why do scientists think that the Big Bang is a good idea? Dr Luke Barnes will explain the evidence for the Big Bang, and how you could try to do better.

Includes presentation, short 3D movie, tour of the dome and viewing of the night sky through a range of telescopes (weather permitting).

Find out more

Wild Heart Creatives: Workshop Sessions

1 October 2019, 10:00 am – 10 October 2019, 2:30 pm

1 Castlereagh Street, Penrith

Wild Heart Creatives bring to Penrith industry workshops and training in artist development, vocal skills and more for upcoming artists.

Founded by Nicholas Leech, Wild Heart Creatives is a first of its kind; a Creative Initiative designed to aid artists in reaching real-industry goals, breaking down the barriers of the current creative climate, and bringing together upcoming and established artists to create real industry change.

Bringing its Artist Development Initiatives to Penrith, Wild Heart Creatives has worked with artists nationally and internationally on productions, performance coaching, vocal skills, artist development, songwriting camps and coaching, and more.

UOW Big Ideas Festival

16 October 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

University of Wollongong, Wollongong Campus

The UOW Big Ideas Festival is a biannual event showcasing the University’s ground-breaking research and outstanding academics.

This free event for the community will see ten Professors give a 10-minute talk on their big idea related to their research. With presentations investigating the importance of green spaces in our cities, financial literacy, diseases of the brain, the importance of purple coloured foods, delirium vs dementia, educational inequalities and more – the program is insightful, varied and relevant.

The evening will also feature a high profile guest speaker, interactive research stalls, local entertainment and refreshments.

Find out more

Hello Big Institution: Online Course

Hello Big Institution (HBI) is a free online course created with Australian artist Lara Thoms for young people in years 8–11.

HBI is a playful online course created to challenge students to rethink what art can be. Created in collaboration with artist Lara Thoms, the course introduces students to works from a broad range of artists, many of whom present work outside of the traditional gallery space. Teachers can enrol a whole class and facilitate the course, or motivated young learners can complete the course individually during the summer holiday session.

The course is completely free for all students in Australia.

Find out more and register your interest here

Curtin | Communicating with Robots and Bots MOOC

Curtin University has released a new Massive Online Open Course titled “Communicating with Robots and Bots”. This course explores how people communicate with robots and bots in everyday life, both now and into the future.

Robots and bots are being developed to populate our homes, workplaces and social spaces, as well as the online spaces we frequent. How do people communicate with robots and bots? What does the future hold for human-robot communication and collaboration?

During the course you will learn:

  • Some ways to define what robots and bots are
  • How people interpret robots and bots as communicating, social, even emotional others
  • Whether robots and bots need to communicate in humanlike ways to be understood
  • The potential of robots with non-humanlike form, behaviour and communication

The course is completely free and can be completed online.

Find out more and enrol here

ATAR Notes HSC Lectures – October School Holidays

ATAR Notes are once again hosting a series of their popular HSC Lectures during the upcoming school holidays.

Running at both UTS and Macquarie University, these lectures will give you the information you need to know about acing your HSC exams. They have workshops for all subjects, including Sciences, History, English, Maths, Arts and more.

Best of all, they are completely free!

See all the upcoming sessions and book your place here


Nimble Supporting Women in STEM Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

At Nimble, we are proud to support female students entering the STEM field with our Supporting Women in STEM Scholarship. Nimble has always actively supported a number of local charities and we continue to seek opportunities to explore educational partnerships. Our community efforts continue to grow and these efforts include the empowerment of emerging women in the STEM field.

To qualify as eligible for this scholarship, you must be:

  • A female Australian citizen
  • Enrolled full-time and studying for a certificate, diploma, degree or traineeship at an accredited Australian Tertiary Education Institution in any of the following areas related to STEM:
    •  Science
    •  Technology
    •  Engineering
    • Mathematics

Find out more Scholarship Program

Value: $5,000 USD

Open/Closing Dates: August 10, 2019 – January 28, 2020 is proud to launch its 2019 Scholarship Program to provide students with the opportunity to advance their education! The scholarship will be open to all currently studying or enrolled in an online or on-campus course.



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Canstar Future of Finance Student Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2019 – December 1, 2019

As Australia’s biggest financial comparison website and one of the country’s fastest growing tech companies*, Canstar actively supports the future of the finance and technology industries. That’s why we’re offering a scholarship to the university student who’s as passionate about these areas as we are.

We understand how much going to uni can demand of students – not just in dollars and cents – so the successful applicant will get a helping hand towards covering their uni costs, plus invaluable career guidance to help set them apart when the time comes to make their next career move.

To be eligible to apply you must:

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University of Sydney The Gregg Indigenous Scholarship

Value: $20,000

Open/Closing Dates: July 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020

This scholarship provides financial support to indigenous students in the Faculty of Science or the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

You must:

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University of Sydney James Strong – Rip Curl Undergraduate Scholarship

Value: $6,000

Open/Closing Dates: September 3, 2019 – February 3, 2020

Generously donated by the Rip Curl Group in memory and legacy of James Strong, this scholarship provides financial support to enable students to study Science at the University of Sydney. You must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Science
  • have achieved an ATAR (or equivalent) of at least 90.00 in the NSW HSC (or equivalent) in the year of application.

Note: The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and outstanding ability in sport. Preference will be given to applicants who have competed in sports at the state, national or international level.

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Further Information

Study in the US or UK

Now is the best time to start turning your ideas into action!

The US and UK application process is doable but if you’re aiming for top unis, expert support and planning is crucial to your success.

Click the link to learn more and to request to speak to a Crimson Education US and UK uni expert for free.

YFU | Online Information Session

10 October 2019, 6:00 pm

Going on exchange provides you with a unique opportunity to travel and study overseas with the support of Youth For Understanding Student Exchange organisations, a volunteer host family, a school and its community and local support people. Join one of YFU’s information sessions and they will help you to plan your intercultural exchange to have the time of your life!

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Student Exchange Australia New Zealand | LIVE Online Info Session

25 September 2019, 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The LIVE Online Info Session is conducted by a senior member of our staff using a service which allows us to meet online or over the telephone. You will be able to meet our representative over a video internet connection, ask any questions and watch a presentation.

Our LIVE online session will cover the following topics.

  • Introduction to Student Exchange, the regulatory environment & benefits
  • Program options, destinations & eligibility
  • Safety and Wellbeing, our support system & where you will stay
  • Money Matters, including available discounts & scholarships
  • Deadlines & how to apply
  • Why choose Student Exchange?

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Australian Volunteers Program Information Session, Sydney

15 October 2019, 6:15 pm

Museum of Sydney, Phillip Street

The Australian Volunteers Program supports thousands of skilled Australians to volunteer overseas. Learn how you can get involved.

Come to an information session and meet:

  • Australian Volunteers Program staff who will share insights into the application process. They can also explain what support you receive as an Australian volunteer.
  • Returned Australian volunteers who can share their experience on the program and give you a glimpse of what life is like as a volunteer.
  • Other like-minded Australians interested in sharing their skills overseas.

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