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.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Australian Defence Force Recruiting

The following information has been taken from the Australian Defence Force defencejobs website:

To be considered for entry into the Australian Defence Force you must be at least 16 years and 6 months old to apply with parental or guardian consent and at least 17 years old at the time of enlistment. If you're interested in the Australian Defence Force Academy you can apply at 16 years of age, with parental or guardian consent and we recommend that you start applying at the end of Year 11, or beginning of Year 12.
After submitting your initial application you will attend a Your Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) Session at a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. The YOU Session includes an Aptitude Test, a Medical Interview and an interview with a Careers Counsellor, to establish the job roles you are most suited to and are eligible to apply for. 
Once you have successfully completed a YOU Session and submitted all of the required documentation, you'll attend an Assessment Session. This will include a Medical Assessment, a Psychological Interview and a Defence Interview.
All successful applicants must attend their Enlistment/Appointment day which is held at a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. You will undergo a final medical check and a welcome ceremony will be conducted, which family and friends are welcome to join. At the conclusion of the ceremony you will head straight to initial military training.
The DefenceJobs website allows you to complete your entire job application online. To get started find a job you're interested in and click the 'Apply Now' button.
  1. Enter your personal details, contact details, education and service history.
  2. Create a Job Preference list. This will help provide the ADF with an  indication of the type of jobs that appeal to you, so they can discuss options in more detail at the YOU Session.
  3. Select a YOU Session to attend at your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
You will receive an email acknowledging your application. Alternatively you can also apply over the phone on 13 19 01.

The Personalised Job Finder  link provides a snap shot of priority jobs you may be eligible to apply for. 

Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT 2014)

Are you interested in studying Medicine or another Health Science in 2015? Some universities require students to sit a UMAT exam. The following information has been taken from the UMAT website and provides information about which universities and courses require the UMAT, the test date and registration dates, and how to register.

Test Date and Registration Deadline
UMAT2014 will be held on 30 July 2014.  UMAT is offered once a year only. Registrations for UMAT2014 are NOW OPEN and they close at 5pm AEST on Friday June 6th 2014UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2014 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2015 but NOT 2016. Do not register for UMAT2014 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2015 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2014 Information Booklet.For information regarding registration for the UMAT, please visit: http://umat.acer.edu.au/

How To Register
Registration is available online only via the UMAT website. To register you will need a computer with internet access and an email address. This email address will be used for all communication from the UMAT Office, including information on how to access your Admission Ticket and results.

You must read the Information Booklet carefully BEFORE you register.  The Booklet contains important information that you should know.  The  information book can be accessed at: http://umat.acer.edu.au/files/UMAT_info_book_14.pdf

 The UMAT can be sat in Cairns in 2014.

For further information, including information about which universities and courses require the UMAT, please visit the UMAT website at: http://umat.acer.edu.au/ Please note there are some companies that assist students in preparing for the UMAT for a fee. The school will not recommend any of these courses or refer students to certain courses. Should students wish to engage in a preparation program, then this will be done at their own discretion. Students can source a number of companies who offer UMAT preparation courses online.

Bursaries for female students in Cairns

The NCWQ is actively involved in many areas impacting the life of women. 2014 Bursary Details Available Here Please note that the 2014 NCWQ Bursary applications will open on 17 February 2014 and close on 4 April 2014. 

Would $1000 help you with your studies?
  • Do you live in… Ipswich? Cairns? Logan?
  • Do you want to be a teacher?
  • Is your home in regional or rural Queensland?
  • Does a family member have cancer?
  • Are you transitioning from care to independent living?
  • Are you over 25 and returning to the workforce?
  • Are you keen to work in aged care?
  • Do you have a disability or mental illness?
  • Do you live in Redcliffe in a sole parent family?
If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be eligible to apply. Each of these bursaries has its own criteria. Tertiary and secondary students should apply. Visit http://ncwq.org.au/bursaries

The Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund

The Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund can provide grants for nominated young people under the age of 21 up to a maximum of $3,000 per individual to support, promote and encourage their artisticeducational or sporting potential. Students may re-apply each year until they reach 21.

Assistance may be given by way of financial support for:
·         Uniforms
·         School supplies/equipment/books
·         Excursions.

This is not a definite list and other needs may be considered on a case by case basis so long as they are linked to educational participation. The Fund will endeavour to assist applicants parents must reside in our region (Cardwell north to Thursday Island and west to Normanton). Application forms may be downloaded at:

Alternatively, you may apply by contacting the Fund Office on 4051 6590. Applications for assistance can be lodged with our Fund throughout the year for individual assessment.

Fund categories can be found at: http://www.fnqyaf.org.au/fund_categories.html