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Return of International Students - FAQs

The Queensland government has announced that border will reopen to fully vaccinated international travellers from 22 January 2022. The frequently asked questions on this page provide details on the information currently available. 

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2022 Gold Coast Careers Festival

The Gold Coast Careers Festival is your opportunity to meet local employers, as well as education and training providers all under one roof. Whether you’re a high school student, parent, career changer or returning to the workforce, the Careers Festival provides all of the information you need to plan your future career.

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This podcast series profiles the lives of our city’s exceptional students. With over 35,000 international students from more than 130 countries, Tomorrow Is Mine celebrates the Gold Coast’s culturally diverse student community through their achievements and contribution to the city’s rich cultural fabric.

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Course Finder

Browse over 800 courses from 95 education and training providers on the Gold Coast in order to find the course which best aligns with your career pathway.

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Careers Explorer

Design your future by discovering your career opportunities in two easy steps.

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Gold Coast Student Jobs

Are you a Gold Coast student or recent graduate looking for an exciting opportunity?

If you're looking to enhance your employability skills Gold Coast Student Jobs has you covered with 100's of opportunities across a range of industries. 

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Gold Coast Student Jobs


Connecting Gold Coast students and graduates to opportunities is your one-stop-shop if you’re:

  • a Gold Coast student or graduate looking for a job, work experience, or opportunities to launch your career.
  • a Gold Coast employer wanting to fill vacant positions or nurture student talent by offering work experience.


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Student Life in Australia's favourite classroom

See what students are up to in Australia’s favourite classroom.




Outstanding Students Making A Difference

Five Gold Coast students were recently acknowledged for their outstanding achievements and their impact on our city at the Gold Coast Student Excellence Awards.

Now in their third year, the Awards were established to recognise the valuable contributions that students make to the wider benefit of our community and how they enrich the cultural fabric of our lives. The award categories are: Championing Diversity, Fostering the Creative Arts, Protecting Our Environment, Enhancing Our Communities and Peer to Peer Support.

This year’s winners covered a broad scope of achievements, from building social and public speaking skills through drama to working with disabled children and a raft of initiatives advocating for gender equality.

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Local Filmaker Wins BUFTA 2021

Ryan Thwaite of the Gold Coast has taken out Australia’s top competition for high school filmmakers with an intriguing abstract animation.  The Year 12 student from Palm Beach Currumbin State High won the top prize at the 2021 Bond University Film & Television Awards, or BUFTA, at an awards ceremony on November 20. 

Mr Thwaite secured a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond with his short film Veronica. The film is a dark and brooding animation with a dramatic monotone colour palette and striking sound effects that reinforce the uneasy sense of dread. 

Ryan’s film won the animation, directing, sound and best Gold Coast filmmaking categories as well as going on to take out the supreme prize. and he was amazed by his success. 

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Gold Coast Teacher Wins Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching

Mudgeeraba Creek State School’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialist and primary teacher, Megan Hayes has received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools, in the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. Mrs Hayes is recognised for her outstanding work in championing the importance of STEM education for primary children, both in her community and at a national level.

As an innovative educator with more than 30 years’ teaching experience, Megan Hayes philosophy is to build the connection between science and its application in the real world for her students. She inspires students to think critically, take risks and become ‘agents of change’ for the future.

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