Careers / VET Update


 Year 12 Parent Guide from UAC

With the HSC exams coming to an end, you may be wondering how to best help your son or daughter with their transition into higher education. November can be a busy time for students who have applied for Schools Recommendation Schemes or Educational Access Schemes, so we have compiled a list of dates to help you keep your child on track.


ACU Know Your Options – Live Facebook Messenger Q&A – NSW & ACT

Join us via Facebook Messenger as we host a live chat session to answer any questions you have about your study options. Get the personalised advice you need by talking one-on-one with an ACU team member.
Register to chat and get notified when we are live –


UTS Insearch webinar is providing alternative pathways to UTS.

17 December. 3:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Students and parents are invited to join this webinar featuring Art of Smart CEO and HSC expert Rowan Kunz along with UTS Insearch admissions staff and students to discuss all options for students who have just received their ATARs.


UTS Facebook Q&A: Engineering and IT

Wednesday 18 December. 12pm-3pm

With ATAR’s now released and 1st preferences closing at midnight on Thursday 19 December, this is the perfect opportunity to ask any last-minute questions you may have about Engineering and Information Technology courses.


UTS Facebook Q&A: Communication, Education and International Studies

Monday 16 December – Thursday 19 December. 9am-5pm 

With ATAR’s now released and the main round of preferences closing at midnight on Thursday 19 December, this is the perfect opportunity to ask any last-minute questions you may have about Communication, Education or International Studies courses.


UTS Phone consultation: Communication, Education and International Studies – personal consultation

Wednesday 18 December. 2pm – 4pm

Request a phone call to chat with a current student or staff member about Communication, Education or International Studies at UTS. Ask any last-minute questions about our courses or learn about suitable pathway options. Consultations are available for both students and parents/carers.


C.A.S Hawker Scholarship

Closes 8 January

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate and post-graduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over 3 years. Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. Undergraduate and post-graduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions. Visit:

Apply here:


Double degrees – Are they worth it?

With the end of the school year coming up you might be considering heading to uni and studying a double degree. What this means is you’ll be completing two separate qualifications e.g. Law and Business, at the same time. Usually, it will take less time to complete a double degree than it would to do one degree after the other and you get to walk away with two shiny certificates on graduation day. There’s a lot of pros and cons that come with doing a double degree, so it’s worth sussing out whether it’s worth it before you enrol.



 TAFE NSW –Fee-free Apprenticeships

Becoming an apprentice or hiring an apprentice just got 100,000 times easier.

That’s the number of new apprentices that will have their qualification fees funded by the NSW Government.

They’ve recognised that apprenticeships and skilled tradespeople are the backbone of our state and they are committed to creating a pipeline of skilled Australians to build a better future.

View TAFE NSW apprenticeships and traineeships information.


NSW Smart and Skilled

Get the skills you need. Find government subsidised courses and training providers near your location.


VET. It’s Right Now. Industry Perspectives

“The world of work is changing faster than ever. It’s not that we haven’t had change before, it’s just that the pace has really ramped up. As we go through the rapid change that’s happening at the moment, we’re going to need to keep reskilling and upskilling throughout our lives and VET is the main way of doing that. That’s what VET is all about.” – Sara Caplan, CEO, PwC Skills for Australia.


Apprentices – Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment incentive

The Additional Identified Skills Shortage(AISS)payment is available to eligible apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019and their employers in occupations experiencing national skills shortages. The AISS payment will grow the number of apprentices and encourage more people to take up an Australian Apprenticeship.

What payments are available?

Eligible Australian Apprentices in national skills shortage areas will receive $1,000 at the 12 month point from commencement of their apprenticeship, and an additional $1,000 at completion of the apprenticeship. Eligible employers of Australian Apprentices will also receive $2,000 at the 12 month point from the commencement of the apprenticeship and an additional $2,000 at completion of the apprenticeship.


Trade Support Loans (TSLs)

TSLs are available to eligible apprentices to assist with everyday costs while completing your apprenticeship. You can receive up to $21,078 over the life of the apprenticeship. The year of your apprenticeship determines the amount you may receive.There is no waiting period to claim.


Support to Australian Apprentices with Disability

The Australian Government provides additional support to Australian Apprentices with disability through assistance for tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices.

Tutorial, interpreter and mentor services are available for eligible apprentices who need extra assistance with their off-the-job training.

Apprentices must be experiencing difficulty with off-the-job training because of that disability.

Registered Training Organisations who provide these services are able to attract financial aid.

This payment is NOT made to Australian Apprentices.

For more information about support to Australian Apprentices with disability, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider.

Help is also available through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF).

The EAF gives financial aid to eligible people so they can buy work related modifications, equipment, help and services.



SAE QANTM –Summer Series Workshops

21 – 23 January. 10.00am to 4.00pm

Sydney. Byron Bay

Are you creatively inclined and thinking about studying creative media? We are offering an exclusive 3-Day workshop event in the January holidays – get behind the scenes and pursue your passion!

SAE Byron Bay Campus is opening its doors this January for the SAE Craetive Workshops, a 3-Day program to expand your skills and work on inspiring creative projects in the fields of Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games.

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience life as an SAE student, and discover what it means to be a creative professional in state-of-the-art facilities with industry experts by your side!

Across the 3-day workshops, attendees will work towards building a creative piece of work to take away for use in a portfolio or showreel. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation.

Sydney see here:

Byron Bay see here:



A career among the clouds – Sydney Flight College

Sydney Flight College in partnership with TAFE NSW deliver the AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) and AVI50519 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) courses.  These are full-time accredited courses which integrate aeronautical knowledge training and practical flying training.  These courses are delivered by TAFE NSW RTO #90003


NIDA – Summer Holiday Workshops

 Find the right acting course for you. Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting. Build your on screen confidence as you develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work. Rehearse and present live and recorded scenes for family and friends at the end of the course.


Sturt Summer School

4 to 8 January

Students must be 16 and over for all adult classes unless arranged otherwise with the individual tutor. Sturt’s annual Summer School was established in 2000 and is growing in popularity over the years. You can now join our Sturt Summer and ‘get creative’ in the holidays. Hundreds of like-minded people enjoy our cool-climate campus and share courses across a wide range of art forms plus dedicated courses for young people.


JMC Academy –Information Session – Film, Animation, Games, Digital, Music, Sound Engineering

11 January

On the day you can take a tour of our facilities, get your hands on some of our serious gear, grab a bit to eat and learn why JMC continues to lead the way in Creative Industries education. You’ll also have a chance to chat with current students and heads of department about studying abroad and industry internships. Don’t forget to listen to our student bands and stop by the studios to see and hear live film and audio productions in action!

All registered attendees will receive a copy of the open day schedule by email around 1 week prior to the event


JMC Character Design Short Course

20 and 21 January 2020

If you’re the type of person who thinks outside the box and wants to discover your creative side and unlock the possibilities of a career in one of the many growing areas in the Creative Industries, then challenge yourself to take this next step. This January School Holidays Short Courses are available for High School students going into grades 9 – 12 in 2020 or who have just completed grade 12 in 2019.


JMC Recording + Mixing a Band Short Course

20 and 21 January 2020

  • Recording console signal flow
  • Microphone selection for specific instruments
  • Setting up instruments in the recording space to achieve the best sound quality
  • Setting up Pro-tools for recording a band
  • Recording a band live and recording overdubs and various takes


JMC Script to Screen Short Course

20 to 21 January 2020

Experienced industry filmmakers and technicians guide students through a series of practical exercises to conquer the major areas of writing, directing, cinematography, and post production – using JMC’s state-of-the-art post-production labs. Learn how to structure, write, break down, and rehearse a short script and to plan a shoot from beginning to end, all the while working with a collective group of like-minds and professional actors. With hands-on experience operating professional cameras and sound, by the end you will not only understand the inside scoop on the inner workings of crew roles and the filmmaking process – but also get to finish a short film.


JMC Songwriting + Production Short Course

20 and 21 January 2020

JMC will be providing the opportunity for Songwriters, Producers and Instrumentalists to work together in small groups and as individuals to write, record and mix an original song. On the last day of the Short Course the completed songs will be played to a panel of industry professionals who will provide feedback on the final song.


ACPE Open Day

1 February 2020, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

ACPE, 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

Join us at Open Day to find out how the Australian College of Physical Education can help you achieve your dream career.

What’s on at Open Day:

  • Meet with academic and student support staff to get answers to all of your study and student life queries
  • Chat with current students about their experience at ACPE
  • Learn all about our industry-focused courses
  • Find out where a qualification from ACPE can take your career
  • Take a tour of our purpose-built Sydney Olympic Park campus
  • Discuss course and study options with our Enrolment Advisors and get a personalised study plan
  • Get assistance with applying or enrolment



HSC Results

17 December. 6 am: HSC results will be delivered to students via email and text.

17 December . 8 am: HSC Inquiry Centre is open Phone: 1300 138 323

Enter student number and PIN and follow the prompts.

Remember your NESA number and Students Online PIN are different from your University Admissions Centre (UAC) number and PIN.

If you wish to opt out of receiving your results by email or SMS, go to NSW Students Online, My Details. You will also be abe to access your results that day via NSW Students Online, My Details.

Download your NESA credentials as a free PDF from NSW Students Online, My Details. Your HSC credentials will include a HSC Testamur, Record of Achievement detailing your Year 12, 11 and 10 results, and personalised course reports for relevant HSC courses. After downloading, remember to save or print your credentials as your NSW Students Online account will only remain open until 30 June, 2020.


2020 loan limit changes Combined HELP loan limit – Study Assist

What is the combined HELP loan limit?

The combined HELP loan limit is a cap on what you can borrow from the Australian Government to cover the costs of your tuition fees. The HELP loan limit will replace the current FEE-HELP limit from 1 January 2020.

What loans are included in the limit?

The HELP loan limit will include HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Students Loans.

For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students.
The limit for students studying medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses will be $152,700.

Read in more detail here:


Defence Info Sessions and Events

There is a Defence meeting likely to happen in a town nearest you. Go to:


Eligibility Requirements for Pre-Apprenticeship Courses

Pre-Apprenticeship courses are a great intro for school leavers to get skills and insight into their chosen career. Please note there are eligibility requirements for them, including: 1) Under 17 year olds need to complete their Year 10 and have a copy of their Record of School Achievement (ROSA); 2) The funding is only eligible to students who have left school. Call 131 601 for more information.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Communication and Employability Skills for the Workplace

TAFE NSW Ultimo is now delivering a Certificate I in Access to Work and Training 10583NAT, designed specifically for people with ASD to enhance their social, occupation and communication skills. Students will develop and practise communication and social skills for employment. Information Session 4 Dec: email to register or visit for details.


Surveying – A career with excitement, opportunity and career stability

Follow Try Surveying on Facebook and Instagram, and explore our online surveying portal via the button – it’s a hub of surveying career information, including profiles, study pathway information, and video interview

Watch it here:


Citi New Recruits Programs

The FREE Citi New Recruits program provides disadvantaged and disengaged young people in Victoria and New South Wales with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge required to succeed in the workforce of the 21st century. The Citi New Recruits program has been tackling youth unemployment, linking real skills development with real jobs since 2013. The program specifically targets youth who are unemployed or at risk of becoming unemployed following school, from lower socio-economic communities.

Call: 1300 096 120. By Email:


UWC United World Colleges are open for application now for 2020 to 2022.

Apply by 31 January 2020

Ever dreamed of completing secondary school overseas? If you are an Australian citizen, aged 16 -18 and have a desire to make the world a better place, then applying for a scholarship with UWC Australia might be for you. Study the IB International Baccalaureate over your final two years of high school and live with students from all over the world. Central to the ethos of UWC is the belief that education can bring together young people from all backgrounds on the basis of their shared humanity, to engage with the possibility of social change through courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership. To achieve this, UWC schools and colleges all over the world deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a deliberately diverse group of young people, inspiring them to become agents of positive change. Online applications are open at:


Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize

Closes 20 December

The Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize is presented each year to a student or students who have overcome significant hardship to attain academic excellence in their HSC. The prize comprises a cash grant, a trophy and a certificate recognising the award. 

Find out which occupations have skills shortages

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (formerly Department of Jobs and Small Business) carries out research to identify skill shortages in the Australian labour market. The department publishes the results of its research as individual occupational and cluster reports for groupings of similar occupations. Some occupational labour markets are assessed at the state and territory level, but for others only a national assessment is made.

This page contains skill shortage information by occupation. Skill shortages information at the state, territory and national level is also available.

See a comprehensive listing of careers facing skill shortages here:



Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator