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Return of International Students - FAQs

The Australian government has announced Australia’s borders will reopen to fully vaccinated international students and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders from 1 December 2021. 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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Student Accommodation Grant

We invite you to consider Your Next Move with up to 10 weeks accommodation on the Gold Coast with either a homestay family or a student accommodation provider.

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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.




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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Soft Skill Development Leads to Success

Tertiary education provides students with many things – career specific knowledge, technical skills, problem solving capabilities and personal growth among them, but one area that often isn’t addressed are the soft skills that make us better professionals in our chosen field. That’s why Study Gold Coast developed Kickstart –  a program specifically designed to provide graduates with practical workplace skills to build their effectiveness within their organisation.

Throughout the Kickstart Program participants receive varied training through experiential learning; practical and interactive workshops; as well as coaching from executive and career co-facilitators with mentoring through the completion of a significant project.

This year was the second time Kickstart had been run, with 20 participants representing 15 employers taking part in the program. Participants delivered their final presentations to an enthusiastic audience this week, with their employers proudly looking on. Employees and their employers were universally effusive in their praise for the program, with all parties recognising the mutual benefits from the experience.  

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Career Ambition Holds No Bars

Josh Apanui’s first contact with the justice system was as an offender. But now, fuelled by a desire to give back to his community and to break down barriers for Australia’s Indigenous people, the Gold Coast man finds himself on the other side of the law, as a First Nations Legal Executive with the Queensland Law Society. 

Josh is one of three inaugural recipients of Bond University’s Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) Indigenous Scholarship. The scholarship covers all tuition costs for the online GDLP for an indigenous student who has completed either a Bachelor of Laws or a Juris Doctor degree, and is seeking admission as a legal practitioner. 


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