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Just for Year 12
Short Courses
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
University Information
Open Days
Work experience
Part-Time Jobs
Important dates

27 July 2022: ANU visiting SFX
31 July 2022: Career Starter applications close
13 August 2022: Macquarie University Open Day
20 August 2022: Australian Catholic University Open Day
27 August 2022: CIT Open Day
3 September 2022: UC Open Day
3 September 2022: ANU Open Day
15 September 2022: CIT Studio 22 event for Year 11 and 12 students

Are you hoping to gain work experience? Wanting to give back to your community and meet new people at the same time? Vinnies  are urgently needing volunteer workers to help in our Belconnen and Kippax Centre. A range of different shifts are available every day of the week – including our busy Saturday and Sunday’s – times can also be flexible. You will be trained by our team to work in different roles – from helping to process goods for sale through to working with customers, and later assisting at our busy register. Be prepared to learn a lot while having a direct impact helping people in your local community. For further information, please contact Belconnen Centre manager Isla Smith on (02) 6234 7490 or email
Heather Freckelton on (02) 6234 7475 or email

Just for Year 12

Did you know that 30% of Gen Zs want to take a gap year in both Australia and overseas? 

Gap years have become exponentially popular among school leavers; the freedom, the life-changing experiences and opportunity to meet new friends before starting their next chapter. And while it makes sense to want to head overseas, an Aussie gap year has just as much to offer... 

That's why we're excited to share a rare opportunity to find adventure, learn new skills and land a unique job with minimal experience - all without having to leave Australia.  

A gap year in the Northern Territory’s Red Centre is the perfect opportunity for young people wanting to explore their own Aussie backyard. 

There's heaps of entry-level jobs on offer, from short stints to long stays - with a dedicated website to help school leavers explore their options. 

This is a reminder that the Career Starter Program applications are still open and will be closing at 11:30pm AEST on Sunday 31 July 2022. Candidate information sessions are available for this week.
The Career Starter Program is a whole of government entry-level recruitment program, coordinated by the Department of Finance, targeted at people who have completed a year 12 certificate in
2021 or be completing one in 2022.  The Career Starter Program provides participants with the opportunity to become effective and efficient public servants in a full-time ongoing position.
Career Starters commence as an APS1 and participate in a structured 11 month (February-December) development program, and receive a nationally recognised qualification, Certificate IV in Government
upon successful completion.
How to apply
Students interested in applying for the Career Starter Program can submit an application via the Department of Finance Careers Page.
Candidate Information Sessions
Additional Candidate Information Sessions have been scheduled daily over the final week.
The sessions will cover off on key information about the Career Starter Program, the type of roles career starters may perform, agencies participating in the program, Certificate IV in Government, the recruitment
process and answer any questions they may have. Participants joining the sessions will also have an opportunity to hear from current and previous Career Starters about their experience in completing the Career Starter Program.
The Candidate Information Sessions will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams on the following days:
Date Time Link
Monday, 25 July 4:00pm – 4:30pm (AEST) Microsoft Teams link 4
Tuesday, 26 July 4:30pm – 5:00pm (AEST) Microsoft Teams link 5
Wednesday, 27 July 4:30pm – 5:00pm (AEST) Microsoft Teams link 6
Thursday, 28 July 4:30pm – 5:00pm (AEST) Microsoft Teams link 7
Friday, 29 July 4:00pm – 4:30pm (AEST) Microsoft Teams link 8
Short Courses and Information Sessions

We would like to invite the first 10 x students to register to attend a Navy Ship Tour, taking place on the 29th July 2022.

The Australian Navy offers a multitude of career opportunities in trades, hospitality, logistics, aviation, healthcare, engineering- and much more.

Find out about serving, living and learning in the Navy by joining us on this tour. Speak with current serving members about their own experiences and advice and discover how the Navy can shape your career.

Please note: This event is open to students in Year 11 and 12 only. Staff will be adhering to up to date health guidelines. 

It is highly recommended your student book as soon as possible to avoid missing out, as places are strictly limited!



0500: All attendees to arrive at Canberra Defence Force Recruiting Centre, Level 2/64 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT 2601.

0515: Bus departs Canberra.

0820: Bus arrives at HMAS Kuttbaul (Sydney).

0900: Ship tour commences.

1040: Gym tour commences.

1115: Lunch at the mess.

1230: Innovation Centre activities commence.

1545: All attendees to depart HMAS Kuttabul and head back to Canberra.

1845: Bus arrives at Canberra Defence Force Recruiting Centre. Parents / legal guardians to pick-up attendees from this location.


 To register please click on the below link:

High School Kids Keeper for a Day

These ‘stand alone’ three hour sessions allow children to experience life as a zoo keeper. They will be given the opportunity to participate in activities such as cleaning, feeding and making toys for our animals, as well as learning about local and international conservation issues. We aim to include different activities in each session to ensure that no two days at the zoo are exactly the same! You can come to one session or more!

Cost is $80 per session.

Sessions run on selected Saturdays for 3 hours and alternate morning sessions of 8:30am-11:30am or afternoon sessions from 1:30pm-4:30pm.

Restrictions – Things you need to know before making your booking

These sessions are for children in years 7-10 at school.

Book now
Book your ticket here
Please see the VET and Careers office if you are interested in attending this event
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Three Mills Bakery is keen to take on a student in an ASBA capacity. If you looking to make a career in Patisserie, there is no better place than one of Canberra's local and homegrown success stories. 

Students should forward any and all enquiries or expressions of interest to
Tailormade are a small domestic building company specialising in Extensions, Renovations, Bathrooms & Outdoor Living Spaces/Structures. They are seeking an Apprentice who is keen to work in the building industry and would consider an ASBA arrangement for the right person.

If this interests you, contact:
Email –
Phone – Sharon 0417 858983
University Information

Early offers made through UAC

Because UAC has several offer rounds in the first half of the year, many Year 12 students ask us if they can receive an offer now.
The short answer is ‘no’: the first UAC offers to Year 12 students will be made to Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) applicants on 11 November 2022. Offers made then are not based on HSC results and ATARs. Instead, they are based on other criteria like Year 11 results and the school’s rating of the student.
Before November, offers are made to applicants who are not in Year 12 this year and already have a qualification UAC can assess. They’re often applying to start a course in Semester 2.
Most UAC offers to Year 12 students are made in late December, after the release of ATARs.
If you’re after an early offer, make sure to apply directly to the university of your choice through their early entry program. You can find a full list of early entry programs, including closing and offer dates, in our Early Entry Guide.

All courses available soon
All 2023 courses from UAC’s participating institutions will be available on UAC’s website in early August.
For students who have already applied, this is the time for them to log in to their application and review and update their preferences.
For students who haven’t yet applied the early bird period ends on Friday 30 September, at which time the processing fee increases. Even if they’re not sure what course they want to study, they should apply now and put in any course as a placeholder until they are ready to decide.

UAC PIN reminder
An email will be sent to Year 12 students who haven’t applied in early August to remind them of their UAC PIN. PINs will be emailed to the address they have registered with BSSS, so they need to ensure that this is a current email address.
To start their UAC application students will need their Year 12 student number (issued through their school) and their UAC PIN. Once they have applied, they can then use their UAC application number and UAC PIN to log in and manage their application.
If students don’t have their UAC PIN email, or are having problems with their PIN, they can read the PIN FAQs or contact UAC.
If you are planning on studying at UNSW Sydney, check out the undergraduate accommodation information here.  Applications to live at New College in 2023 are now open.  Scholarship and bursary information can be obtained from the VET and Careers office.  First Round Applications close 25 September 2022.
UTS Early Entry Program
Secure your place at UTS before your final Year 12 exams!
Designed for students who have excelled in Year 11, our Early Entry Program recognises and rewards the hard work that you have put in to your studies, while providing you with some certainty about your next steps after school.

Applications for 2023 are now open. Start your application!

Open Days
Check out Open Days at institutions in Canberra and across Australia using the SFX Careers website.   Click on your institution below to find out more.
Open Day
Sunday 21 August 2022
Register now
Work experience
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council provide unpaid work experience for people undertaking educational training at school, TAFE or university. Our work experience program provides practical on-the-job experiences while offering exposure to a diverse range of services, programs and facilities.

The number of placements available depends if the work area can provide effective on-the-job experience at a suitable time for both Council and the student.

Where there is high demand, preference is given to schools and institutions within the Queanbeyan-Palerang region, and students whose studies are most relevant.

Find out more
On your work experience placement, we’ll show you the wide range of roles within our agency. You’ll get a chance to develop your skills while working on a variety of tasks. You’ll gain a greater understanding of our agency and the public service.
Part-Time Jobs and Workforce News
Saturdays are our busiest day in salon, and with both Sam and Elissa fully booked with clients, we are looking for a junior (14-17 years of age) to help out around the salon each Saturday, 9am - 2:30pm for the rest of the year.
The position will be reception and assistance duties such as:
- booking clients
- answering the phone
- cleaning dishes / tools & equipment
- making tea etc
- helping open and close the salon
- setting rooms for the therapists
You’re not required to have any job experience, however we do require you have a great work ethic, a smile on your face, confidence to engage with clients and initiative to see what needs to be done.
If you think this is suitable for you, please submit your resume to

*Organisations and employers for the positions listed have not been vetted in any way by St Francis Xavier College. They are publicly
available and from the wording on the ad have been deemed of interest. Please advise the Career Advisor of any concerns regarding any communication with or experience at any place of employment. *
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