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Time to Apply for Uni for 2017

Year 12 students and senior teachers must roll their eyes at the TISC site.

The information is perfect but the site Pokemondesign could do with a few Pokemon GO characters to liven it up.

Applying for Uni online through the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) saves you the trouble of applying to each WA university one at a time.*

You can apply for up to 6 courses.

  • TISC ranks your application according to your ATAR
  • It then coordinates offers in accordance with your first preference as a first step.
  • Choose your first preference carefully as most courses have more applicants than places.
  • All of your preferences are considered in turn until you can be made an offer.
  • You only receive one offer via the TISC process.

Pokemon 2If you are having trouble with anything on the TISC site ring them. I have always found them to be helpful.

Their number is (08) 9318 8000 or email them via

If you have a question for a particular university you need to ring their admissions centre directly.

Applications for 2017 university places are open from now until 26 September.

After that date you can still make changes but you need to pay a late fee. Conditions relating to late changes are available on the TISC Calendar. 

*You need to apply directly to Notre Dame University or for a place at WAAPA.

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Job Hackers are Volunteering

Coder Dojo

Can’t get a job without experience? Can’t get experience without a job?

Job Hackers are volunteering…

  • to engage with an industry
  • to make friends with industry experts
  • to learn new skills
  • to get runs on the board for their CV
  • to create a Show Project
  • to feel useful and virtuous and engaged and valued!!

Find opportunities to volunteer here.


Choose safely and DON’T stay if you feel you are being ripped off. 


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Scholarships for School Leavers

With the massive cost increases of many courses you need to find all of the financial support available so that you don’t end uni with a massive debt.

I found these unusual ones:

Most scholarships can be found in the Good Universities Guide.


Apply in Year 12

Many scholarships need to be applied for during year 12.

The closing dates vary depending on the scholarship but many close in August or September.

Some scholarships require a personal statement and references which may take some time to compile.


WA university scholarship information

University Scholarship Link

Sign up for Curtin’s scholarship alert on the website.





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Other Payments to Students and Trainees

Check Centrelink for information about financial support including relocation and rent allowances.

Check Study Assist

Check the Good Universities Guide for a broad range of information on how to get support and manage finances.





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Jobs for the Future

Mud Jeans leases jeans. When they are returned they are resold as vintage jeans with the story of the adventures they have had so far. When they are no longer useful as jeans the cotton is recycled as yarn that is woven into sweaters.

Bert van Son from Mud Jeans is in Australia using his knowledge of the circular economy to advise Australia Post how to redesign uniforms with the final destination of the uniform materials in mind.

He argues that Generation Y is no longer satisfied with built in obsolescence.

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The circular economy movement is about sustainable development and reusing, repurposing and redesigning products with recycling as a final step.

WA is becoming a leader in this as we move  from the resources boom to creating jobs in a sustainable economy.

In June we were the only state to host one of the world’s Open Source Circular Economy events, we can’t keep up with the demand for Coderdojos  and groups like enkel  are bringing together changemakers, from school students to grandmothers, who are experimenting with new approaches to designing and creating for the future.

If you are in WA and would like to start learning about Redesigning Futures contact me and I will try to match you with a mentor, group or workshop to kick start your journey.


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July ATAR Revision Classes

ATAR revision classes for Year 11 and 12 students start in WA on Monday 4th July and there is another round starting on 11th. There is a range to choose from.








Murdoch and UWA  

TEE Consultants Intensive Programmes

These are held in the first week of the holidays with 10-hour courses (2 hours per day) offered in the major ATAR subjects. Enrolment forms, including fees and payment details, are available via the Enrolment forms page.

Dates: Monday 4 July 2016 – Friday 8 July 2016

Location: Murdoch University, South Street campus

Cost: $175 per subject (2 hours per day for 5 days – total of 10 hours)

8.30am Mathematics Methods OR Mathematics Applications
10.45am English OR English Literature
1.00pm Chemistry OR Geography OR Economics
3.15pm Physics OR Human Biology





 University of Western Australia  



Academic Australia Program
Start: 11th Jul – 15th Jul (5-day courses – 10 hours)

8:30am – 10:30am 10:40am – 12:40pm 1:20pm – 3:20pm 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Economics Yr 12 ATAR English Yr 12 ATAR (2) Chemistry Yr 12 ATAR Chemistry Yr 12 ATAR (2)
English Yr 12 ATAR Maths Methods Yr 12 ATAR Human Biology Yr 12 ATAR Geography Yr 12 ATAR
Maths Applications Yr 12 ATAR Modern History Yr 12 ATAR Literature Yr 12 ATAR Human Biology Yr 12 ATAR (2)
Maths Specialist Yr 12 ATAR Phys Ed Studies Yr 12 ATAR Maths App. Yr 12 ATAR (2) Maths Methods Yr 12 ATAR (2)
Politics and Law Yr 12 ATAR Psychology Yr 12 ATAR Physics Yr 12 ATAR Physics Yr 12 ATAR (2)







Study Less Achieve More Program

Year 11 ATAR English
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 12 ATAR English
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 11 ATAR Human Biology
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 12 ATAR Human Biology
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 11 Chemistry
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 11 ATAR Mathematics Methods
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Year 12 ATAR Mathematics Methods
11-14 July
Cost: $130.00
Study Skills for Year 11 Students
13-14 July
Cost: $60.00
Study Skills for Year 12 Students
13-14 July
Cost: $60.00
The Write Stuff
11 or 12 July
Cost: $60.00

ECUECU Academic Taskforce Master Classes


14 – 15 July
ATAR Physics Yr 12 9:00am – 10:00am
ATAR Chemistry Yr 12 10:00am – 11:00am
ATAR Physics Yr 11 11:00am – 12:00pm
ATAR Chemistry Yr 11 12:00pm – 1:00pm
ATAR Chemistry Yr 12 1:00pm – 2:00pm
ATAR Physics Yr 12 2:00pm – 3:00pm
ATAR English Yr 12 4:30pm – 5:30pm
ATAR Mathematics Methods Yr 11 4:30pm – 5:30pm
ATAR Maths Applications Yr 12 5:00pm – 6:00pm
ATAR Maths Methods Yr 12 5:00pm – 6:00pm
ATAR English Yr 11 5:30pm – 6:30pm
ATAR Maths Specialist Yr 11 5:30pm – 6:30pm
ATAR Mathematics Methods Yr 12 6:00pm – 7:00pm
ATAR Literature 6:30pm – 7:30pm
ATAR Mathematics Specialist Yr 12 7:00pm – 8:00pm