Tertiary Open Days – Term 3 – 2018 Calendar

Open Days are coming up for most Victorian universities in Term 3 – but what are Open Days all about?  Which ones should you go to, and what will you do when you get there?

What is Open Day? On Open Day, a university opens its doors to anyone who is interested in attending their university in the future, or who would just like to know more about the university. University Open Days are well worth attending because they can help you make one of life’s important decisions. They usually occur on weekends during Term 3 of the school year.

Open Day advice  – Who can attend? Anybody can attend Open Day, and it’s important to remember that you don’t have to wait until Year 12 to go along. You might be in a lower year level at the moment and just beginning to consider university in the future – this is a great time to get a head start on finding out more about higher education and the study options available. Open Days are also a great chance for parents/guardians to find out more about their child’s future study options.

What happens at Open Day? Universities run tours of their campuses, have staff and student representatives from different courses and faculties to talk about what they do and they provide information about all different study services. Among the presentations, activities, food and fun, you also have an opportunity to talk informally with current students who are studying in the courses you are considering. Open Days also give you a chance to soak up the culture of university life while you’re still deciding your options for future study. While you are there, you can take the opportunity to ask questions about courses, facilities and your future plans, as well as exploring campuses, from teaching and learning areas to libraries, cafes, social spaces and accommodation.

“Must do” items to tick off:

  • Visit the areas such as students support services and student lounges to check out what it’s like to be a student. Does the campus feel like a place you’d like to belong?
  • Go on a campus tour and see what facilities and resources are available on campus.
  • Don’t just talk to university staff: make sure you chat with some current students of the institution. They are experts on what it’s like to study there, and have recently gone through the process of selecting and getting into their course.
  • Bring someone along with you. Parents/guardians are a great option as they may have information they want to find out too. A friend or other family member can also be helpful and make you feel comfortable making your first trip onto campus.
  • Watch out for student clubs and societies who will be around on the day. These can be an exciting addition to university life and cover a huge range of interests, often creating lots of social opportunities and freebies.

“Must find out” items to tick off:

  • Different pathways into the courses in which you’re interested.
  • Any prerequisite subjects or tasks for the courses you’re considering.
  • The time commitment of the course your considering (how many years it takes to complete the course, how many hours per week will you need to attend lectures and tutorials, and do extra reading and studying- uni doesn’t have set hours like school). What public transport and parking options are available if you are going to travel to uni.
  • What accommodation is available if you are considering moving away from home to go to uni.
  • The facilities that are available at the campus. Libraries, cafes, banks, book stores, security services are all commonly found at uni campuses.

What questions should I ask current university students?

  • Why do you choose to study at this university?
  • What is it like living away from home?
  • What do you wish you’d known before you started studying?
  • What jobs does your course lead to?
  • What are the best and worst things about uni in your opinion?
  • How have you found the course so far – what are the teaching / facilities / support like.
  • What’s this town/suburb like to live in?

What questions should I ask University staff ?

  • What are the prerequisites for the courses I’m considering?
  • What are my options if I don’t get the ATAR for this course?
  • What services and facilities are available for students?
  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?

What questions should I ask students and staff at on-campus accommodation?

  • Who can live on-campus at this university?
  • How long can I live on-campus for?
  • Am I guaranteed a place in on-campus accommodation if I’m accepted into a course?
  • How do I apply for accommodation?
  • What type of accommodation is available? (i.e. single rooms, shared room, shared or private bathroom and kitchens, room or flat living).
  • What extras are provided for students who live on-campus? (i.e. food, support services, social program, sports and recreational facilities).
  • What are the costs of living on-campus?

Please See the full list of Open Days for 2018 – attachment on Compass

Copies available at the VCE Front Desk.

Peter Bollard – Careers Practitioner

Open Day calendar – Link: 

Tertiary Information Evening – Year 10 to 12 Parents / Students

Parent & Student Information Evening:  Wed 28 March 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Venue:  Deakin University – Warrnambool Campus.

The tertiary sector have come together in offering parents and students a great opportunity to speak with a number on representatives from universities, TAFE Colleges and Independent Colleges. Parents and students from Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend.   (Note:  Year 12 students will be attending from school on the morning from 9:00 am on Wed 28 March). Learn all about:

  • Courses, VCE pre-requisites and extra entry requirements.
  • The VTAC Application process – Key Dates.
  • Costs of Further Study, Financial Assistance & Scholarships
  • How to make a successful transition from school to university or TAFE life.


Peter Bollard Careers Practitioner


Visual Art Winter School: Folio Preparation


The VCA’s Visual Art Winter School: Folio Preparation is a crucial intensive short course in contemporary visual art practice.  Guided by a dedicated artist and industry professional, you will gain a fundamental insight into preparing your visual art folio; a pivotal asset of the professional artist. This workshop is perfect for those embarking on VCE study in visual art and those planning to pursue creative tertiary study in visual and fine arts at the VCA or elsewhere.


Essential Information

10.00am – 4.00pm 9 Monday  -13 Friday July 2018 Prior experience with visual art making (e.g. painting, drawing, photography) is beneficial but not essential This course is suitable for 15 to 20 year olds Students will need to supply their own materials


Full Fee $550

For further information, please contact: E: visualart-shortcourses@unimelb.edu.au T: + 61 3 8344 6951

VTAC Offers 2018 – Reminders ( 18 Jan 2018)

Reminders – How VTAC Works

  1. Always Accept or Defer your first offer.
  2. You are sill eligible for any VTAC Preferences above the Offer you received in round 1.
  3. So you might sill get an offer in round 2 for you higher Preference’s
  4.  We recommend you accept your Round 1 offer and if you receive a Round 2 offer you can easily transfer to the new offer.
  5. If you have any questions – Please ring me on 0477 664 960


Peter Bollard, Careers Practitioner.


VTAC Round 1 Offers – Now Published

With Round 1 offers now released, change of preference prior to Round 2 is open until 29 January 2018 (4pm) for domestic and international applicants.

For students who had submitted a course application but failed to pay the course application fee, late payments can now be made through their existing VTAC account. The late payment fee is $53 and must be paid by Monday 29 January (4pm) for Round 2 consideration.

For students who had not submitted a course application last year but now wish to apply for courses in Victoria, January applications can now be submitted by creating a VTAC account and applying for courses. January applications close on Monday 22 January 2018 (5pm), with payment of the $53 fee due by 4pm the next day. Please note that January applicants will not be able to change their submitted preferences until after Round 2.


Deakin University – Warrnambool Campus Scholarships (12 Dec 2017)

Deakin’s Warrnambool campus has in 2017 been working with the south west community to establish a scholarship fund that will provide financial support for students to commence their undergraduate degree here on campus. We would like to offer your year 12 students the opportunity to apply for a $7000 scholarship to study here at the Warrnambool campus, commencing in Trimester 1 2018.   Please note the scholarships are targeted for students to commence undergraduate degrees in Education (Primary Ed), Health, Science (Marine Biology), Psychological Science and Commerce.

All of these degree programs are listed on our Deakin webpage at http://www.deakin.edu.au/deakin-warrnambool

The application process for students who may wish to apply can be found at http://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/scholarships/find-a-scholarship/south-west-philanthropic-scholarships-for-deakin-warrnambool-campus

All applications will be reviewed to identify students who are most appropriate and meet the eligibility criteria for entry into their chosen course.  All successful applicants will also be eligible for a discount for accommodation on campus at the Student Residence.

If you have any Questions – Please Contact Peter Bollard – Careers Practitioner

NEW – Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

Students from regional and remote areas can now apply for scholarships valued at up to $18,000 to undertake STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies, including in agriculture and health fields.

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships supports students for up to four years (or the part-time equivalent) with the costs of studying a Certificate IV to a PhD level course.  The scholarships support flexible study and include part-time and online students.

Students may receive a further $500 to support an internship.

To be eligible for a scholarship the applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia;
  • not have already commenced their eligible course of study;
  • have a permanent home address that is in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard. Applicants can check the remoteness classification of their address.
  • Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of need and merit, as outlined in Section 6 of the program guidelines, with priority given to women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people among others.You can submit your application and supporting documentation to the Scholarship Support Organisation at the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
  • To apply for a scholarship, applicants must submit a completed application form and attach the following supporting documentation:
  • How to apply
  • evidence of Australian citizenship, permanent residency, holding a permanent humanitarian visa or being a New Zealand citizen living in Australia;
  • proof of residence in a regional or remote area in Australia;
  • evidence of financial need; and
  • evidence of eligibility for other considerations (available in Section 6 of the program guidelines).Scholarship Support Organisation
  • The Department of Education and Training has contracted the QTAC as the Scholarship Support Organisation, to manage the application and selection processes, distribute scholarship funding, monitor continued eligibility and compliance with scholarship conditions, and report to the department.
  • Applications for the 2018 round of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship program are open from Monday, 4 December 2017 and close Monday, 8 January 2018.

Bendigo Bank – Scholarships – Register Your Interest

Looking to go to university in 2018? Need help with fees?

Life can be hard enough without having to worry about what tertiary scholarships, if any, are out there.

If you’re a first time university student you’re looking in the right place. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank offers one of Australia’s leading scholarship programs. From agriculture based scholarships, to those connected to one of our many Community Bank® branches, we have something to help you reach your university dreams.

The 2018 Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program will open for applications from 1 December 2017.

Go to the web Link: https: https://www.bendigobank.com.au/public/community/scholarships/2018-scholarships


Alice Jennings Scholarship – Year 12 Female Koorie Students

Scholarship details

  • Sponsored by the Department of Education and Training
  • Valued at $1000
  • Available for the duration of the course, subject to satisfactory academic progress
  • One scholarship awarded each year.

Who can apply?

  • Female Koorie students who are currently completing Year 12 in 2017 in a registered Victorian school, who will be commencing a full-time approved TAFE or university course in 2018 in a field that contributes to the welfare of the Koorie population (i.e. law, social work, education, psychology or applied science – health production, nursing, etc
  • Students involved in Koorie community activities.

What documentation do you need to provide?

  • Applicant’s 2017 academic results
  • Applicant’s confirmation of enrolment in an approved TAFE or university course – evidence will be required by 1 March 2018
  • Statement confirming the applicant’s involvement in Koorie community activities.

Application Closing Date

  • 1 February 2018

Further information

If you have not yet registered you will need to do so here Register  If you have already registered you can start your application here Apply for this Scholarship