Please note that this blog is intended for the students and parents associated with Gordonvale State High School, Cairns. Please check areas of interest as seen on the blog to confirm dates and other information as there will be occasions when dates will change and the information may not be included in the blog as it may not have been received by the school. Posts prior to July 2017 may have reference to Smithfield State High School as this blog was initially developed for students when I was the Guidance Officer at that school.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Have your say and win an iPad mini!

QSA is offering Year 12 students the chance to win an iPad mini.

To be in the running, simply log into your learning account before 31 August 2013 and complete the quick online survey.
You'll need your LUI (Learner Unique Identifier) and password to log in. If you don't know your LUI, ask your school for it.

Check your personal and enrolment details

While you're in your learning account, don't forget to check your personal and subject enrolment details. If any information is missing or incorrect, talk to your school or VET provider.
In December, the QSA will post your results to the home address listed in your learning account, so it's important to let your school know if your address has changed.

Conditions of entry

  • The competition is open to all Year 12 students in Queensland in 2013.
  • To be automatically entered into the draw, you must successfully log into your learning account with your LUI and password between 1 June 2013 and 31 August 2013 and complete the online survey.
  • You will receive one entry into the draw if you complete the online survey. Logging into your learning account more than once will not increase your chances of winning.
  • The competition closes at midnight on 31 August 2013. Students who log in to their learning account after this date will not be entered into the competition.
  • There are three iPad minis to be won.
  • iPad mini winners will be drawn on 6 September 2013.
  • Prize winners will be notified by mail, telephone or email as soon as reasonably possible and will be announced on the Student Connect home page.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Australian Defence Force Academy January 2014 Intake

Time is fast running out for Year 12 students to get their application in for the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) January 2014 intake.  There are still careers available in the Navy, Army and Air Force through ADFA where students will receive a fully funded degree in Arts, Science, Business, Engineering or Technology.  There is no other university in Australia where students can obtain a free university degree and receive a salary whilst they learn. The starting salary at ADFA is $38,500 including allowances.  This rises to $73,000 on completion of degree studies and job training.

Simply click on the links below to find out more information on the current priority jobs at ADFA;

Navy Marine Engineer, Maritime Warfare Officer, Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer (Submarine service is also available with these jobs)

We are now in the month of August and it’s very important for students to apply now in order to give them the best opportunity to complete the selection process before applications close

Applications are also now open for current year 11 students to apply for the ADFA Education Award and ADFA entry in January 2015.  Successful applicants will receive a laptop computer with no obligation to join ADFA after year 12. The student's school also receive a framed plaque to recognise their student's achievement.  Year 11 students are also welcome to attend the ADFA Information Session on Monday 19th August.

Further information on ADFA can be found at www.defencejobs.gov.au/adfa Students can apply on line or by calling 131901 or they are more than welcome to visit the Defence Force Recruiting office to discuss the career opportunities available in the Australian Defence Force through the Australian Defence Force Academy.

University of Sunshine Coast New Bachelor of Creative Industries

New Bachelor of Creative Industries

From Semester One 2014 the University of the Sunshine Coast will provide students the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Creative Industries. The program includes opportunities for industry internships and study tours in addition to being able to study part of the program overseas as part of USC’s GO Program.

Bachelor of Creative Industries
QTAC code: 011271 (Sippy Downs)
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Recommended prior study: English

Students are given the flexibility to combine a wide range of major and minor study areas to build a degree which will give our graduates proficiency across different areas of employment within the growing creative industries.

Three new major and minor areas have been introduced alongside the Bachelor of Creative Industries. These new discipline are:
   - Serious Games Development
   - Screen and Media Studies
   - Digital Photographic Practice (minor)

A number of USC’s existing majors and minors can also be studied as part of the new program, these include:
   - 3D Design
   - Creative Advertising
   - Creative Writing
   - Drama
   - e-Media Design
   - Entrepreneurship
   - Event Management
   - Graphic Design
   - Marketing

For more information on the Bachelor of Creative Industries or any of these study areas please don’t hesitate to contact the Faculty of Arts and Business on (07) 5430 1259 or FABinfo@usc.edu.au.

CQU Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Theatre


Auditions/interviews for places in CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Theatre in 2014 are being held as follows:
Rockhampton: Tuesday, 5 November
Mackay: Wednesday, 6 November

To apply for an audition, register online at www.cqu.edu.au/cqcm. If your students are interested in auditioning, however unable to attend a live audition, they are welcome to audition via DVD or upload to a secure channel on YouTube. They must apply through QTAC to be eligible for audition.

For further information phone 07 4940 7800 or email musicandtheatre@cqu.edu.au.

James Cook Universtiy changes to Education degreee prerequisites

Please be aware of some important changes to the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Education at JCU in 2016.  QTAC will be confirming these changes with an update soon, but in the meantime it is important that you aware of this:

Entry into all primary Education degrees at JCU from 2016 onwards will require:
English (4,SA), and
Maths A, B or C (4,SA), and
Authority Science subject (4,SA)

A list of Authority Science subjects can be found on the QSA website.
QSA Science subjects (e.g., Authority subjects) are:
·         Agricultural Science (2013)
·         Agricultural Science (2007)
·         Biology (2004)
·         Chemistry (2007)
·         Earth Science (2000)
·         Marine Science (2013)
·         Marine Studies (2004)
·         Physics (2007)
·         Science21 (2010)

Entry into all secondary Education degrees at JCU from 2016 onwards will require:
English (4,SA), and
Maths A, B or C (4,SA)

Additional prereqs:
Chemistry (4,SA) – if studying a secondary science teaching area
Maths B (4,S) – if studying a secondary maths teaching area

Indigenous Australia Engineering Summer School

Australian Catholic University Update


EAP is open to school leavers and non-school leavers and considers the contribution they
have made to their community through school or workplace, local community organisations,
culture and/or religious groups.
Applications open: 13 August
Applications close: 21 October
For more info on eligibility or to apply visit: www.acu.edu.au/eap

Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Global Studies
Many young Australians are now taking the challenge of high school volunteer trips to developing countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Thailand. These experiences are highly rewarding and often life-changing, both for the students and the people they assist.

Starting in 2014, the Bachelor of Applied Public Health/Bachelor of Global Studies offers those students who have been inspired by volunteer experiences to pursue a career in International Public Health. This four-year double degree, to be introduced to Brisbane in 2014, combines training in Public Health and Global Development with access to national and international community development programs. “Global” is a key feature of this course, with a full semester placement in a community development setting (International or local) during the
third year of the program.

Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Public Health
Current health promotion courses across Australia have only limited specific physical activity content, with no formal attention to recreation studies. Another new course to be introduced to Brisbane by the School in 2014, the Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Public Health combines the strong, well-established and popular outdoor recreation or coaching major with ACU’s new public health curriculum. This will offer graduates the opportunity to
work in, or pursue further studies in health promotion, epidemiology, public health, sports administration, sports event management, health administration, corporate health and wellness, or occupational health. Graduates may also progress to higher degree studies in education.

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Speech Pathology
The School is also introducing the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology in Brisbane in 2014 as part of the existing National programs in North Sydney and Melbourne. ACU’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology is the first national speech pathology program in Australia with students participating in video conferenced lectures enabling student interaction across the varied sites. These four-year degrees have 1,000 hours
of professional practice education embedded in the program starting in first year, some of which takes place in the on-campus clinics.

Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business Administration
Anecdotal evidence suggests that once graduates enter the workforce they have little time for further study in administration and many who commence postgraduate business studies without an undergraduate foundation in business find these studies difficult. This dual degree, coming to Brisbane in 2014, provides an extensive knowledge base of how the human body works, from a psychological, anatomical, physiological, motor control and biomechanical perspective, with a specific focus on the role of exercise in health, well-being and performance whilst preparing students for a career in business management.


Bachelor of Accounting and Finance
ACU Business is introducing a new specialist degree offering a comprehensive course in the theory and applications of accounting and finance. Offering a broader understanding of financial instruments, institutions, markets and systems the Bachelor of Accounting and Finance can lead to a career in banking, financial consulting and planning, funds management, merchant banking, stockbroking and treasury. This new degree has been designed in accordance with the accreditation standards of the CPA Australia, the ICAA, IPA plus the training standards in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, ANZIIF and FINSIA.

Bachelor of Information Technology
The Bachelor of Information Technology provides a solid grounding in all aspects of IT followed by professional pathways in business analysis, database administration and applications development. The program is designed specifically to enable graduates to be recognised by the Australian Computer Society, the professional association for computer and IT practitioners in Australia. For more information visit:  www.acu.edu.au/courses/2013/undergraduate/business

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) Scholarships

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity administering tertiary scholarships for children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women. The scholarship applications open on August 18.
The website address is www.avcat.org.au and the email address is avcat@dva.gov.au

AVCAT’s aim is to help the children and grandchildren of ex-servicemen and women to a better future through higher education. Through the help of generous donors, AVCAT administers scholarships to the children of those who have served our country in peace and war in the Australian Army, Navy and Airforce. The recipients come from all over Australia and study an enormous variety of courses.

At present AVCAT is helping around 180 children with the costs of study. They administer about 70 scholarships a year for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as well as various ex-service organisations (including RSL and Legacy).

Scholarship selection is open to children and in some cases grandchildren of a veteran and is based on need and merit. Applicants can be high-school leavers starting university or current university students and eligible for Youth Allowance hence studying full time.

Scholarships are generally paid for three years and are between $3,000 and $4,000 per year.
Applications for 2014 open in August 2013 and close on 31 October 2013.

School Tec and Marine Tec Information

New Iphone app for careers

A new smartphone app is now available to provide young people with up-to-date information about potential careers and job vacancies.
Created from a young person's perspective, the Career Hunter app 
directs user's attention to work options and jobs available in Queensland's most viable industries.
The app also allows students to find qualifications needed for each job, the expected income and career potential.
The Department of Education, Training and Employment; The Smith Family; Regional Development, Australia; Busy at Work and Group Training Australia worked together to develop the app.
All have signed a three-year partnership agreement to ensure information available through the app is current and relevant.
The app, which aligns with the department's five-year action plan - Great skills. Real opportunities, is now available from the Apple app store 

The Importance Of Career Planning

Many people plan on a particular career or job when they leave school or university and then forget about making a plan for future career goals and aspirations.

Writing for Yahoo! Finance, recruitment expert Simon Boulton said that many people leave things to chance. By the time they are ready to seek advice from a career recruitment specialist on how to achieve their career change or promotion, they haven’t done the work. They can’t understand why they are not earning a higher salary or are disappointed that they have been overlooked for a recent promotion.

To achieve successful career planning, Boulton advised that planning should be done on a regular annual basis. It’s important to start with a constructive review and reflection of the past steps already taken to help evaluate and plan out a future path.

It’s important to understand that a career is about continuous building  rather than isolated jobs and instances.  Boulton noted that, all too often, people forget about building their careers step by step, getting carried away by their emotions and by what seems like a good idea at the time.  He cautioned that people end up making mistakes by impulsively rushing into jobs without assessing the impact this could have on their overall career.


The University of Queensland Update

The following information has been provided by The University Of Queensland for forwarding to students:

Pharmacy Open Day - 1 September

You're invited to the UQ School of Pharmacy Open Day on Sunday 1 September, 2013. Students with an interest in Health along with parents, teachers and careers advisors are invited to attend the day and explore the unique facilities, talk to current Pharmacy students and experience hands-on activities, tours and mini-lectures. A BBQ lunch will be served. Registrations are now open.

For information, contact: Stephanie Dunn
Phone: (07) 3346 1926

Bachelor of Music Auditions – September

Auditions for 2014 entry into the Bachelor of Music will be held on the weekend of 21 and 22 September and on Saturday 5 October. Audition applications forms are now available on the website and are due by 12 August.

For information, contact: David Mayocchi
Phone: (07) 3365 4949

NEW Mater QTAC Codes

The UQ School of Nursing and Midwifery is the only School of Nursing and Midwifery
to offer intensive clinical learning to undergraduate students through Clinical Schools.Thanks to our extensive partnership with major teaching hospitals throughout South East Queensland, students will be able to select from 7 Clinical Schools including the UQ/Mater clinical school.

New for 2014 - students will be able to nominate the Mater as their clinical school using new Mater QTAC Codes:
  • Bachelor of Nursing: 728502
  • Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifey : 728602
  • Bachelor of Midwifery: 728402

For information, contact: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Phone: (07) 3381 1165

NEW Bridging Programs - St Lucia campus

UQ College is delivering courses in Mathematics and Biology in intensive mode over a four week period in November/December 2013. Successful completion of these courses will satisfy the pre-requisite requirements in Maths B and Biology at UQ. 

Key dates: Tuesday November 19 to Saturday December 14. Students attend 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday, with 4 Saturday Tutorials, of which 3 are optional. Results will be available to be used in applications for the January 2014 QTAC Offer Round.

How to apply: To determine eligibility for this program, it is important that students complete an application form located on the UQ College website. Completed application forms can be returned through email or post.

For information, contact: UQ College
Phone: (07) 3381 1141

International Student Pathway to Study Business - September

UQ College now has a Business pathway for Year 12 International Students. If students would like to undertake higher education studies through pathways that will boost there study and career opportunities, UQ College is the place for them. By choosing to study at UQ College, they will be supported to achieve their potential through a student-centred learning approach, small classes, specialist teachers and excellent facilities.

UQ College's Associate Degree in Business, is now open to international students. Successful completion of this UQ accredited degree provides a strong standalone qualification and, upon meeting specific standards, seamless entry into the fourth semester of UQ's Bachelor of Business Management.

Application through UQ International for September & January intakes.
For information, contact: Robyn Tyler
Phone: (07) 3381 1513 

Tertiary Preparation Program, St Lucia – September

For the first time ever, the Tertiary Preparation Program is being offered at UQ's St Lucia Campus in September 2013. There are no tuition fees for the Tertiary Preparation Program. To apply go to UQ College website for more detailed information: http://www.uqcollege.edu.au

For information, contact: Robyn Tyler
Phone: (07) 3381 1513

2013 Academic Scholarships now open

Students can now apply for a UQ Academic Scholarship. High-achieving students, particularly those with significant leadership and /or community service achievements during their senior studies, are encouraged to apply via the online application form from August 1, 2013. Around 100 Academic Scholarships, valued between $6,000 for the first year of study to $60,000 over 5 years, will be awarded. Applications close Wednesday 31 October 2013. Successful students notified within 1 week of the release of Year 12 results.

For information, contact: Cindy Morris
Phone: (07) 3365 7113

2013 UQ-Link Access Program

The UQ-Link Access Program helps financially disadvantaged students to study at UQ by:
  • awarding 5 bonus ranks to assist entry to a UQ program
  • awarding a $500 Start-up Bursary upon enrolment at UQ
  • Giving further consideration for one of a limited number of UQ-Link Access scholarships valued at $3,000 per year for 4 years.

To apply, students should complete the 'Financial Hardship' category of EAS when completing their online QTAC Application Form. Approved applicants will be notified in December 2013. Students wishing to be considered for a UQ-Link Access Scholarship (awarded in early January 2014) should submit all EAS documentation to QTAC by 16 December, 2013.

For information, contact: Cindy Morris
Phone: (07) 3365 7113

ICT Excellence Scholarships - Applications open now

In view of a growing shortage of ICT graduates, The University of Queensland and its industry partners continue to encourage and support school-leavers to join programs leading to careers in the Information and Communications Technology industry.

2014 ICT Excellence Scholarships, worth $3000 each, are available to commencing students in the Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Multimedia Design or Bachelor of Engineering (Software or Electrical & Computer).

Applications open on 1 August & close on 31 December 2013.
For information, contact: Gail Smith
Phone: (07) 3365 3853

JMC Academy

Are you interested in studying at JMC Academy? You can find information about the academy at http://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/

Central Queensland University Update


CQUniversity Australia is set to launch a number of new Education programs in 2014, including:

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)*
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)*
  • Diploma of Junior Secondary Teaching (Specialisation)*

The new Bachelor of Education degrees will graduate students who qualify for professional registration as teachers throughout Australia. These programs include early, frequent and meaningful opportunities for work experience and professional practice in authentic education settings to ensure our students graduate work-ready.

The Diploma of Junior Secondary Teaching (Specialisation) is designed to address the needs of primary school teachers looking to transition into junior secondary teaching.

To find out more about these exciting new programs, or to request a presentation, please email schools@cqu.edu.au.

Australian Council for Private Providers

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) has developed a Queensland Private Provider Study Guide targeting a range of students, in particular school leavers. The study guide has been designed to assist students to make an informed decision about the variety of study options that are available to them within the private education and training sector.

The Study Guide provides course information, and it also provides student success stories on how their learning experiences have shaped their careers. 

The Study Guide also includes useful tips on;
  • Choosing an ACPET college
  • Questions to ask the college when making your choice
  • Getting the most out of your study
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Starting your first job 
  • Government financial assistance to support your studies

University of Melbourne Update

Access Melbourne
Access Melbourne provides education opportunities for students from a diverse range of backgrounds enrolling in our undergraduate degrees.

The University of Melbourne has a selection guarantee for eligible applicants in the following Access Melbourne categories:
  • Disadvantaged financial background
  • Applicants from rural or isolated areas
Students who complete an Australian Year 12 or the IB in 2013 and are eligible for one or both of these categories, will be guaranteed a Commonwealth Supported Place in the following undergraduate degrees, provided they meet the course prerequisites and achieve the following ATAR or notional ATAR:

Guaranteed entry in 2014 for eligible Access Melbourne applicants

ATAR of     78+        Guarantees a place in Arts, Environments or Science
ATAR of     88+        Guarantees a place in Commerce
ATAR of     95+        Guarantees a place in Biomedicine

Even if a student's ATAR falls below these levels, they will still be considered for a place.
Applicants eligible for other Access Melbourne categories will be considered on an individual basis.

Applications for Access Melbourne are made using the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application on the VTAC website.
There are also a number of equity scholarships available through the University's scholarships program, so encourage your students to apply!

For more information on Access Melbourne and scholarships, visit:

Open Day 2013
When:        Sunday 18 August 2013, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where:     University of Melbourne , Parkville and Southbank campuses
Open Day is the biggest event of the year for prospective students at the University of Melbourne. Open Day 2013 is no exception, with wall-to-wall events, information sessions and activities for all student cohorts available on the day.

Students will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Admissions staff about domestic and international entry requirements, undergraduate scholarships, support services, and the wide variety of study pathways available at Melbourne.

We look forward to seeing students, parents and careers practitioners there!
For more information on session times and venues, go to:  www.openday.unimelb.edu.au

Open Day lunch for interstate students
Australian students and their parents visiting from interstate or overseas as well as students visiting from New Zealand are invited to join us for a special information session on Open Day. Lunch will be provided following the information session.
Come along and learn more about:
  • Undergraduate degrees and graduate pathways at Melbourne
  • Entry requirements and how to apply
  • Scholarships
  • Residential colleges and housing options
  • Stories from current students who have moved to Melbourne to study
  • Student support services.

This is a free session, but registration is required. For more information, go to:

Applying to the residential colleges
Applications for a Semester 1, 2014 place at the residential colleges are open – but students still have plenty of time to check out the different colleges before they apply.

New applications will be accepted up until the end of November. In the meantime, students should check out the colleges' websites, visit the colleges on Open Day (many of the colleges are open from 9.00am–5.00pm) or make appointments to tour as many colleges as they like.  When applying, students need to log in and create a new application through our website:

Once you have filled out the online form and double-checked it to ensure  contact details are correct, you should then send (via email) a copy of their most recent school report, a resume and photo to their first preference college. You will also need to ask their first preference college how they prefer to receive the $75 application fee.

The college will then set up an interview with all applicants (by phone or Skype if necessary). Finally, students will forward their ATAR scores in December to complete their applications.

If at any stage a student has a problem with or questions about the application process, they can either contact their college of first preference directly, or the Intercollegiate Office.  In the meantime, keep an eye on the Intercollegiate website for details on the goings-on at the colleges for Open Day.

Intercollegiate Office , Tel: 03 9347 9320
Email: enquiries@colleges.unimelb. edu.au or Web: www.colleges.unimelb.edu.au

The Australia Dental Association (Queensland Branch)

The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) is a Registered Training Organisation and Member Association for Dentists. ADAQ currently delivers Certificate III level courses in Dental Assisting & Certificate IV level courses in Dental Assisting (Radiography) and Oral Health Promotion. They also now offer a four day Explore the Field of Dentistry Workshop aimed at school aged students interested in pursuing a career within the dental sector. The Workshop is designed to ensure that those attracted to a career in dentistry have some understanding of the type of work involved.

The Workshop is conducted in their state of the art purpose built simulation laboratory, dental surgery and auditorium facilities which are situated within our premises. Overall, the workshop is designed to offer students a complete learning experience including preparation of the dental surgery for operation, applying personal protective equipment, basic infection control procedures, reprocessing of instruments, viewing footage of real dental procedures, and employability and resume writing skills. Students are also provided with the opportunity to operate and handle sensitive dental equipment and materials in a safe learning environment.

The workshop is offered annually in the first week of the September school holidays. This year, the program is scheduled from the 23–26 of September 2013 inclusive. If you are interested, the necessary forms and information can be accessed directly from their website at www.adaq.com.au.

GAP Medics Australian Summer Special

Combine hospital work experience with a once in a lifetime opportunity with our Australian Summer Special!

Are you keen to break into the medical field? We all know that the road to becoming a doctor, nurse, midwife or dentist can be a tough one, but with the Gap Medics Australian Summer Special, students will have the chance to gain work experience that will truly make them stand out from the crowd and break into their dream career.

Gaining a place at university or medical school is becoming increasingly more difficult, with more and more students wanting to study towards these rewarding careers. The best thing for aspiring medics to do is to seek out work experience that is not only going to benefit them and their studies, but also grab the attention of the universities they are applying to.

A Gap Medics Work Experience placement will do just this!

Aspiring medics between the ages of 16 -25 can join us this summer on our Australian Summer Special in Thailand or Tanzania from 5th January 2014! Here they will shadow healthcare professionals in a variety of departments, getting a real-life insight into the work of medical professionals in a new and exciting country. No amount of work experience available back home in Australia will measure up!

Alongside gaining beneficial work experience, students will be able to get together with fellow Australians and experience everything the amazing destination has to offer. From days spent running around the busy hospital wards, to evenings watching wildlife down by the waterhole or cooking over an open fire with all of the fellow housemates. There are even wildlife safaris and hill-tribe treks to uncover at the weekends for those who are looking for a bit more exploration!

Places are limited and are likely to fill up quickly, so students should book early to avoid missing out on this once in a lifetime experience! The cost of a one-week placement is $1,990 (USD), but students can opt to join us for longer if they wish.

If you know of an aspiring doctor, you can simply pass on this email, print out a letter for your students here, you can direct them to our website www.gapmedics.com.au, or they can call our friendly Head Office team for a chat on +44(0)191 230 8080.


Are you interested in TAFES in 2014? Please see the flyer below. Detailed course information and Expression of Interest forms are available at http://tnqit.tafe.qld.gov.au/resources/pdf/future-students/tafesec-guide-cairns.pdf

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Design College Australia

Design College Australia (DCA) is offering a number of short courses on a variety of creative subjects over the coming months.

For information on Art and Design Education please visit: http://www.dgdesignnetwork.com.au/aderg/production-skills-workshops-at-dca/