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University resources for career teachers in Western Australia

With so much competition for school leavers, teachers have plenty of opportunities to engage with universities.

All West Australian universities provide one on one career interviews. Everyone should talk to a career advisor at their chosen university before they enrol.

All universities also do campus tours and special information evenings. You can find an updated calendar of events in the In Focus Careers Newsletter.

Schools can invite career counsellors to give presentations at schools or attend school expos.

Murdoch workshops for high schools

Murdoch Outreach have been working hard to develop an online offer to help support teachers and school communities. Explore our wide range of online workshops and our inspiring podcast series.

Explore our online workshops

Your high school students can participate in our Outreach workshops, but online! Get them to explore the curriculum, build new skills and develop a deeper understanding of subjects through our series of free online STEM, HASS and Creative Arts and Communication workshops, which can be booked by teachers for a whole class.

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STEM workshops

In our STEM workshops, students will develop their critical thinking and teamwork skills through using their imagination to solve challenges, crack codes, write algorithms, explore probability and design and build machines.

Find out more

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HASS workshops

What is criminology? Can we lower our carbon footprint? How do businesses work and what do marketers do? Get your students to explore all these questions and more while working with their classmates in our HASS workshops.

Find out more

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Creative Arts and Communication workshops

In our Creative Arts and Communication workshops your students will explore digital painting, pixel art, portfolio design, personal branding, design thinking and ideation, the principles of graphic design and much more.

Find out more

Explore our Murdoch Minds podcast series

Join us for our Murdoch Minds podcast series where you will hear from our free thinking academics as we explore their career paths, current research projects and more.

Find out more

Curtin Support for schools

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Curtin AHEAD in School

Curtin AHEAD is a dynamic outreach program, fostering the potential of individuals and groups underrepresented in higher education. We work with high schools to raise aspirations and build learning skills, delivering workshops, on-campus experiences, mentoring programs and career-developing activities.

EcoChallenge Australia

EcoChallenge Australia provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students in Years 5-12 through the online strategic game, Aqua Republica, to explore issues and solutions relating to water management and sustainable development. EcoChallenge Australia incorporates a sustained engagement with the principles of water usage across industrial, urban and agricultural systems and the impact upon ecosystems.

Innovative Schools Consortium

Through a partnership with Curtin, secondary schools can help their high achievers fulfil their true potential. Identified students participate in programs that build their skills and strengths in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. They receive a record of their achievements that can be used towards meeting university admission criteria, gaining accelerated entry into Curtin or supporting their scholarship applications. Download the Innovative Schools Consortium flyer – [.pdf 270kB]

Learning Futures Network

Comprising more than 140 schools, industry and community organisations, the Learning Futures Network is focused on driving transformation across student learning and the future of work, while building deep learning relationships across communities.

The network provides an avenue for schools to collaborate with Curtin, and learn more about higher education, alternative entry pathways, and professional learning and postgraduate opportunities for teachers. Join the Learning Futures Network.

Professional Learning Hub

Curtin’s commitment to teaching and teachers continues after graduation. Our Professional Learning Hub enables our alumni to remain inspired, informed and current in their classrooms. Our innovative, practical and research-based workshops contribute to teacher PD hours, building better educational outcomes for the community through greater job satisfaction.

Curtin’s School of Education also offers networking sessions and presentations for teaching professionals.

Benefit from the Professional Learning Hub.

STEM Outreach

STEM Outreach offers engaging and innovative programs that connect your school and community to STEM and Curtin research. We deliver programs, workshops, camps, excursions, incursions and competitions for students and teachers across metropolitan and regional Western Australia. See all the ways your school can get involved with STEM Outreach.

UniReady in Schools

The UniReady Enabling Program is one of Curtin’s alternative entry pathway programs. It has been approved as an endorsed program for high schools in Western Australia and can be run as part of the high school curriculum. It not only makes up a high school student’s WACE but, if completed successfully, also means the student is eligible to apply for a range of Curtin undergraduate courses.

Presently the course is offered as part of a pilot with a limited number of places. If your school is interested in the program, you will need to make an application to UniReady and pay a program licence.

Contact or call +61 8 9266 7632 for more information.


Through the AIME Mentoring program, Curtin students are empowering Indigenous high school students, giving them the skills and confidence to grow and succeed. Read more about AIME

High school resources

This dedicated page provides resources to all the key questions we receive from high school students around admission pathways, study areas, scholarships, how to apply and understanding prerequisites. This will be a key resource for you to distribute to students with everything they need in one place. Visit the high school resources page

UWA Career advisers and teachers

Here you can access resources, request school visits or on-campus experiences, and keep up to date with the latest information to help your students find their path to UWA.  You can find the information HERE.

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School Engagement team

The School Engagement team supports students in Years 10–12 to make informed decisions about their future study options. Our team can advise on UWA courses, opportunities, scholarships, accommodation options, admissions pathways and more.

Please contact us directly for further information and to book:

  • presentations at your school
  • campus tours
  • attendance at careers expos, fairs and information events

You can also sign up to receive our regular e-newsletter, which covers opportunities, events and activities for your school, as well as the latest information on UWA courses and admissions. Contact the School Engagement team on

Notre Dame For Career Advisors

Careers Advisor hold the key to guiding students to their future opportunities.

To best direct students’ potential towards education and career choices that will enrich their lives, you need to know the facts.

We’ve gathered everything you need to know here to support you in your vital role.

If you have any questions please get in touch.



Exploring opportunities outside school should not be a huge burden for teachers. These resources are designed to support teachers and students. If you are looking for something different for your school, contact your local university and request the help you need.

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Career and Life Exploration for Middle School Students

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Middle School: Time to Explore

Life can start to slow down in Middle School. You learned the basics in Primary School. In Middle School you are old enough to start exploring more broadly.

These opportunities are designed for Middle School Students.

Middle School Opportunities Mind Map

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Discover Your Potential

Age: 14 – 24 There are 4 sections:

1.      Adventurous Journey

2.      Physical Recreation

3.       SkillsVoluntary Service

4.       Gold Residential Project



Coding for Fun

Ages 7 – 17

Run by volunteers in libraries, unis and community centres. Young people and volunteers get together to learn to play with coding.

WAAPA Short Courses


Age 6 – 18

Acting, music and dance short courses are run on weekends and holidays.  There are classes for young kids through to those who already have some experience.

Australian Youth Mentoring Network

Youth Mentoring

Get a mentor. Their support can change your life. There are often more mentors offering services than students wanting to engage.

Local Government Youth Programs

Government Youth Programs

Every local government council has youth programs. Check out your local government to see what it has on offer.



Age: 12 – 19

Fun with Robots

Teams make and program robots and compete in different challenges. This is big in WA and the kids seem to have a great time.

Santos Science Experience

Age: 13 – 15

The Santos Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students.

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Careers WA – Essential Career Information for West Australians: May 2021 Issue

Careers WA delivers the latest career information for West Australian adults.

 The May 2021 Issue includes information about:

Get the May Issue of Careers WA:

Catch up on the April News. It includes information about:

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ANZAC Day Story of my Mum

Mum’s career in the Signals during WWII was written and read out at the John Forrest High School ANZAC Day ceremony by my daughter Rebecca de Beer.

Anzac Day is a time that we reflect on the contributions of Australian and New Zealand Service people who have contributed in times of war. It is a time to think about their stories, and remember that they were ordinary people, following the requests of governments to do extraordinary things.

Today I would like to tell you the story of Hilda Sly, who was born in 1922 and joined the Australian Women’s Army Service in World War 2. Hilda grew up, living in tents during the Great Depression as her family struggled to make ends meet during the worst economic downturn Australia had ever experienced. She left school at 14 and worked in various jobs to help support her family.

In November 1941, the reality of war became apparent to Hilda when the ship, HMAS Sydney was sunk off the coast of Western Australia, after a battle with the German cruiser Kormoran, which also sank. All 645 crewman on board the Australian vessel died. This loss of life inspired Hilda to consider enlistment.  Initially, she applied to join the Airforce but she was told they were not recruiting women at that stage.  However, on June 12, 1942 the government published a statement in the West Australian stating that 1,000 recruits for the Australian Women’s Army Service Signal Corps had been selected for training after undergoing rigid adaptability tasks. It also called for more recruits from Western Australia to undertake duties in the areas of wireless telegraphists, line operators, signal clerks, teleprinter operators, cipher personnel and switchboard operators. These were the key communications tools used during WW2, long before instant messages and mobile phones.

Hilda made an application to join the AWAS. She thought she would be trained to undertake a trade, study mechanics, learn to drive or work in a kitchen.  She did a maths test, had a medical and went to ‘school’ for 2 months of training. However, she then got a telegram inviting her to go for an interview and join the Signals Corps in Melbourne.  She had no idea that she would be de-coding secret messages within a Special Unit of the Signallers Corps.

Hilda Sly was formally enlisted on July 31, 1942. After a short training period in Brisbane, Hilda’s unit were each given a steel helmet, a gas mask, a water bottle and a pistol – nobody understood why that had been given a gun, none of them had handled a gun or had any training with firearms.

Hilda in Townsville with tin hat, gas mask, bottle of water and a pistol

Hilda did shift work behind closed doors, all the time deciphering a wide variety of messages.  The messages were sets of numbers on sheets of paper and they were deciphered by using only a set of books containing the number systems for deciphering codes. Messages they deciphered ranged from receiving and passing on requests for stores, especially fuel and food, instructions regarding wounded servicemen and other troop movements including those of the US servicemen. They were required to sign a sworn secrecy statement, and advised not to take shortcuts by trying to guess the meaning of a message or memorise the codes as that would make them vulnerable if they were captured by the enemy.

Hilda at Adelaide River

Hilda went to work in Townsville in 1942 while Australian troops fought against the Japanese in Kokoda, New Guinea. During this period ‘hundreds of thousands of US military personnel’ passed through Brisbane as it was the headquarters of US General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in the South Pacific.

A most traumatic occurrence for Hilda during her time at Townsville was the forced removal of all her teeth. She had all her teeth removed while sitting up in a chair with only a local anaesthetic. She didn’t have any problems with tooth-ache or gum disease, but was informed that it was to prevent problems in the future, and she was issued with false teeth at 20 years old.

This barbaric and unnecessary procedure was the result of policy developed by the Army because of difficulties experienced by troops during WWI. Men serving in the trenches of the Western Front suffered extreme ‘ulcerative gingivitis’ and could not eat, let alone fight! Dental treatment was considered essential for Army recruits in order to avoid dental health problems arising while they were serving in remote areas or overseas and a separate Australian Army Dental Corps was established in 1943. However, it seems unlikely that all men sent overseas had all their teeth removed ‘just in case’.  

Deciphering code from behind the locked door

The Signal Office where Hilda worked was situated in a disused Bank of NSW uncomfortably close to the wharf.  The cipher office was situated on the top floor and Hilda found it hard to understand why they were situated in such a vulnerable position. Whenever there was an air raid alert all of the equipment was carried in a tin trunk, down the back stairs to the cellar. It was easier carrying it down than carrying it all back after the “All Clear”.

Incidents which resulted in important news coming through the Cipher Unit included reports on the conditions facing Prisoners of War, the Sandakan March, and the training of the Z Force. They were extremely busy during the ‘Battle for the Bismarck Sea’.  This battle took place early in March 1943 in the South West Pacific when aircraft of the U.S. Fifth Air Force and the RAF attacked a Japanese convoy transporting troops to Lae in Papua New Guinea.

All the members of the Cipher Unit had been promoted to Corporal at the end of the training in Melbourne, and were promoted to Sergeant while in Townsville, without having to attend Non-commissioned officer school or take an examination.  Although they received basic training in Melbourne, they learnt more on the job in Brisbane and Townsville. A highlight of their social life was that when they had free time they attended dances at Magnetic Island. On one occasion Hilda recalled dancing with an Aboriginal boy she had known in Kalgoorlie. She said he had been too shy to dance with her at home but on Magnetic Island they danced so well together that the floor cleared and everyone stood around to watch them!

In 1943, Hilda was given leave from Townsville and went home via Brisbane. Before going onto Kalgoorlie, Hilda stopped off in Northam to visit family. While waiting for the train to continue her journey a day or two later, she found herself mingling with a large group of soldiers when one who was nearby looked up at her and said ‘Hello Sergeant!’. She replied, ‘How are you doing Private?’. This man eventually became her husband and he later told her that he had said to his mate, ‘I am going to follow up with that girl’. His mate replied, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that, she’s a Sergeant’.  But Wally Johnson was determined and he made contact later and he and Hilda kept in touch throughout the war, although they had very little opportunity to spend time together until after the War.

Hilda outside Chip Inn mess hall Adelaide River

After spending some time working in Darwin, Hilda was re-assigned to duties at the Swan Barracks in Francis Street, Perth.  On the morning of August 6, 1945 when she got to work a 300 word message had arrived in two parts to ensure its security.  It was the ‘Peace Message’ declaring that the Japanese had signed an agreement to surrender.  As she was the Sergeant in charge, and the only person on duty at the time she decoded the messages. By the time she went off duty in the evening the news had been officially released and people were dancing in the streets.  She later wrote:

As I was the only person on duty I decoded both. As I went home about 1600 there was much excitement in the streets and young ones were jitter bugging in the foyer of the Piccadilly Theatre to the tune of “I danced with a dolly with a hole in her stocking”.  … I felt relief that our troops would be coming home and did not realise that POWs were still to be tortured and murdered. Although I had heard rumours they were nothing like the reality.

A total of 24,082 women served in the Australian Women’s Army Service, 41 died on active service but none of these deaths were due to enemy action. The women’s pay and allowances were set at approximately 68% of those paid to the men. Hilda has said that working as an AWAS Signal girl provided her with the best years of her life. She felt intellectually stimulated, productive and appreciated. She also had the companionship of like-minded women who worked together in sociable teams. Hilda has been an inspiration to her family, her great grandson recently wrote about her for a school project for International Women’s Day about a Woman who inspires him. She has provided me with a lot of stories to tell my History classes, she is my Grandma, and she would have loved to have been here today to commemorate this occasion, unfortunately she is in hospital at the moment, but at 98 years old she is still happy to tell me stories of her time in the army and give me insight into how much things have changed in her lifetime. My life has certainly been enriched from having such a strong woman as a role model in my life.

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Scholarships not for you? Think again! The World wants you to succeed.

Think scholarships are not for you?

The world wants YOU to succeed, not just academic super stars. There is probably a scholarship sitting on the table right now, waiting for you to find it.

Are you poor? LGBTIQ? Come from a defence family? Female interested in painting and decorating?

Start looking for scholarships now.

There are so many. There are scholarships for agriculture, local government scholarships and scholarships for regional, migrants and Aboriginal students.

Don’t study poor!

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Finding scholarships is a skill. Once you have that skill you can save yourself hundreds of hours working in a coffee shop or at Coles!!

STEP 1: Finding ScholarshipS

Knowing how to find them is something you can learn.

Start by looking here:

  • See the Good Universities Guide Scholarships HERE
  • Look for scholarships in your town or suburb – Scholarships Geraldton (or the name of your town).
  • Look for scholarships in your industry. A quick look for jewellery scholarships revealed this. Look for scholarships agriculture, or scholarships marketing. Name your industry of choice.
  • Contact your future university/TAFE college.

You can get more than one scholarship and you can get them throughout your study and work career.

STEP 2: Learn how to apply

Getting a scholarship is a skill. Learn how to develop good applications. They may include providing a sample of your work or an audition.

Audition for scholarship

Scholarship Application Tips

The World wants you to succeed

Scholarships are there to help you to succeed.

You. Not just the academic super stars. Don’t expect someone with a bag of money to knock on your door. You need to go out and find opportunities that will help you to do what you hope for.

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Year 12. Thinking of a law degree next year? Think again.

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There are more law graduates in Australia each year than the total number of lawyers in Australia.

It may take you years after you graduate to find a job where you practise law.


Not only are there too many law graduates for the job vacancies that are available, you can get advice on how to write your will online. You can file for divorce online. Artificial intelligence delivers instant information that law degrees take years to deliver.

People don’t go to lawyers if they can save themselves money by doing law themselves.

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The cost of a law degree is now over $70,000.

The demand is down. The price is up. There is a glut of law graduates looking for work.

You might think again about doing a law degree.

Law degrees deliver great thinking and analytical skills

If someone with a law degree applied for a job I advertised, chances are they would get an interview. The job probably wouldn’t demand law work but I would presume the applicant could problem solve, think of good wording for contracts and warn me of any dodgy stuff that was in paper work. Someone with a law degree would probably be a good employee.

On the other hand, someone with a business or commerce degree may be better for my business, AND their degree would have cost them half as much.

Make Smart Decisions

If you bought a car for $70,000 you would check out a few car sales places before you made your decision to buy.

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All universities in Western Australia deliver law degrees. Pick two or three universities and make an appointment with career advisors. Check out what law degrees you can specialise in. Compare the different courses and support that the different unis deliver…. there is a big difference between the support provided by unis in WA.

Ask current students questions about the courses on Whirlpool.

Compare employment statistics for graduates.

Law degrees are great, but they are expensive and chances are you will never work as a lawyer.

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Give yourself every chance to succeed

Every life comes with a story … and a possibility for a great adventure.

Make this the year your future self will thank you for as you create your amazing life.

If you are lucky, you will have family and friends and teachers who all WANT you to succeed. They can help you to achieve your amazing life.

A great school experience can set you up for your great future. Get all of the help they can give to boost your academic and life experiences.

If academic success is what you need to to make your crazy dreams come true, you can get extra academic support to boost your ATAR, OLNA and NAPLAN results.

Revision Programs

Check out these different programs to see if any of them can help you to take the next step to your amazing life.

Revise Online 

Revise Online

ReviseOnline specialises in providing online education. It provides teaching resources and support as well as practice tests and exams.


Master mind

Master Mind Australia intensive revision of the syllabus and assessment preparation, including the effective modelling of answers to ATAR-style exam questions.

Academic Task Force

Academic Taskforce

Academic Task Force specialist teachers work with students showing them how to apply what they have learnt at school, how to prepare for their exams and how to maximize their exam performance.



ATARget ATAR Revision, ATAR Exam Preparation and Study Skills programs focus on strengthening students’ understanding of subjects, boosting classroom confidence and improving examination performance.



WACE+ ATAR Revision, ATAR Exam Preparation and Study Skills programs focus on strengthening students’ understanding of subjects, boosting classroom confidence and improving examination performance.

TEE Consultants

TEE Consultants

TEE Consultants deliver intensive courses for year 12 students seeking university.

Courses are run at UWA and Murdoch.

Academic Associates

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Academic Associates conducts courses in most WACE subjects.

Accredited Tutor

Accredited Tutor

Accredited Tutor delivers small group classes in most WACE classes, exam preparation and study skills.



Many semi-retired teachers continue to tutor in their specialty subject.

These teachers have a lifetime of knowledge of their subject, what examiners are looking for and tips for success.

Ask at your school front office to see if they know anyone you can contact.

ECU ATAR Free Program


ECU ATAR revision programs are run during the September holidays at the Joondalup and Bunbury campuses.

These are a free service to Year 12 students.

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What’s New in Careers for West Australians?

April 2021

FREE Careers WA April Issue out now.

Discover new opportunities and tips for your career.

Careers WA April Issue

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2022 Early Offers and Alternative Pathways

Universities in WA are already competing for students for 2022. 

Offers are open. Make your choices now.

UWA was first out of the blocks with the decision to take enrolments for 2022 based on Year 11 results.

ECU came next.

Curtin and Murdoch then joined the rush for your attention.

Notre Dame keeps being scored as the best university in Australia by its students. You can register your interest in an early offer HERE.

All of the universities are putting in place more requirements that they did last year so students don’t have the freedom to drop out of school once they get offered a place. Each of the universities is slightly different and you can apply for a place at more than one university.

University Career Advisors will get you there

They ALL want you to enrol at their university and are bending over backwards to help you.

– Don’t meet the course pre-requisites? We have a bridging program for you.

– Don’t know how to do referencing? Do this support program.

– Having trouble settling in to uni life? Check out our wellness program.

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How to Decide

Pick a university. Is it close? Are your friends going there? Does it have a great course? Do you like its ranking by past students? 

– Go to that university and meet with a career advisor. Tell them what you would like to study.

– Ask them what is available to help you to meet entry requirements. They will point you to the best course for you, or design one that meets your needs. 

– Repeat at your second choice. Remember you are making a big investment of time and money. You want to check out more than one option.

How to decide
How to decide

Murdoch has the Horizon Summer Program which introduces you to uni and gives you credits towards a degree. You can do the Horizons Program at the end of Year 11. Email for information.

There are many free places in alternative pathway programs but apply early to secure one of them. 

What Do Alternative Pathways Give?

Alternative entry programs are from 4 weeks to one semester long and they give much more than academic skills.

You may change your mind about what course to take.

You will find your way around the campus, where to park, where the libraries are.  

You find out about uni life and about a range of degrees that are available. You may find out about less expensive ways of achieving your degree. 

Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….

  • Academic Writing
  • Communication Skills
  • Essential Maths
  • Research Skills and Information Literacy

Courses like medicine, that have strict quotas, are not available through alternative pathways but most courses will be open to you. 


– You can approach any university or all universities in Western Australia and apply for a place in 2022.

– If your Year 11 ATAR score is good enough your will be offered a place, conditional on how well you do in Year 12.

– If you don’t meet the pre-requisites, or don’t think you will get the ATAR score you need, the university will have a pathway that will help you to get there.

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April Issue of In Focus Careers News Out Now

The March issue is out now with news about holiday programs for school students at uni, particularly at Murdoch, and details about the Construction Industry Expo.

The first issue of Career Opportunities for Adults makes its debut as a supplement to the monthly In Focus Careers News.

You can get your free copy HERE.

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