Applications for Education Vision Project Fund 2021/22 HAVE CLOSED.

Recipients of 2021/22 Funding

We are delighted to announce the recipients of funding for 2021/22. 

Consortium Partners Project

Education Queensland International (EQI)

Griffith University

A Remarkable Gold Coast Journey  

Studying in the Gold Coast offers international students so much more than the chance to enhance their education. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be fully immersed in the enviable Gold Coast lifestyle, culture and experience. This project will produce video content which will not merely inform but engage, intrigue and entice international high school students and their families. These stories will be told through the eyes and voice of alumni sharing their journeys from high school and university to a great career outcome.


SOBC Global (Blockchain Collective)

Tyler International

Emerging Technology Literacy - Blockchain for future planning

The design and delivery of a 15–25-minute digital experience (with prizes for students) that assesses the current understanding of emerging technology and the role it plays in the future. Aimed at Secondary High School students (locally, nationally and internationally), this project will attract and retain future student enrolments, whilst providing positive student experiences focused on employability in the tech space.

Capital College

All Saints Anglican School

Youth Music Venture

Golden Opportunity (GO Gold Coast)

A stadium-class musical/choral event for students attending EQI Schools on the Gold Coast, performing with headline Australian recording artists who are immigrants themselves, using music and the spoken word to tell their hopes, dreams and stories of why studying on the Gold Coast is a Golden Opportunity for students past, present, and all those yet to come. Broadcast-quality promo videos, event live simulcast, and videos of student success stories will be produced for ongoing Gold Coast promotion.

Griffith University 

RDK Sports


Miami State High School

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School

Robina State High School

Elite Athlete Curriculum and Pathway Program

Working with Gold Coast school-based sports excellence programs, the Elite Athlete Curriculum and Pathway Program is designed to better prepare student athletes for their transition into elite sporting programs and careers. By learning from elite athletes and elite sporting professionals, local students interested in careers in sport will learn the skills and strategies they will need to progress, excel and increase their employability.

Southport State High School

Gold Coast Secondary Principals Alliance

Beyond the School Gates

This project will allow all ATAR students access to high level academic tutoring, after school hours. Phase one of the initiative is to target three subject areas – Mathematical Methods, Physics and Chemistry. Expert teachers will be selected from across the schools. The project will culminate with consortium partner Griffith University through its outreach program Science on the Go providing expert masterclasses during the school holidays.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast  

National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Limited t/as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

International Hospitality Apprenticeship Program

The aim of this project is to promote the Gold Coast region to onshore international students as a desirable location to study a new and innovative model of delivery for hospitality based on the current apprenticeship model. A marketing campaign, including video and testimonials from the trial program, will be rolled out Australia wide.


All Saints Anglican School 

Saint Stephen's College

R U OK? - Mental Health Kit for International Students

This project is designed to produce an international student-specific multi-language Mental Health kit containing resources to better help younger learners assimilate into their new life at the Gold Coast and monitor on-going mental health and well-being.

Griffith College

Griffith University

Elevate International Student Immersion Pilot

This project will elevate student attraction, support, and student experience for students who want to study on the Gold Coast but cannot, due to border closures. The project aims to pilot a free, 24/7 student support and counselling service.

Southern Cross University

Publishers Internationale

Post-COVID Awareness in India

This initiative partners with Publishers Internationale and combines a social media and digital campaign with strong editorial content, particularly emphasising the safety aspects of life and study on the Gold Coast. Testimonials will be used to convey the value of a Southern Cross University Gold Coast education, particularly targeting females. Connections with the Indian communities of the region will be included in a microsite so parents feel reassured that their student child will be safe. Additionally, a special “India edition” of the Southern Cross University study guide will be created for download. 


Education Vision Project Fund was established as a partnership program to support Study Gold Coast to achieve its vision. The program empowers Study Gold Coast education and training members to collaborate with industry stakeholders to run initiatives that support Study Gold Coast’s strategic pillars: Student Attraction, Student Retention, Student Employability and Student Experience.   

Eligible consortia may apply for between $5,000 and $50,000 matched funding. This means, a successful project costing $50,000 could receive $25,000 support. A maximum of 50% of total project costs will be awarded to successful projects. 

Projects funded will:   

  • Be linked directly to Study Gold Coast’s strategic plan and the City of Gold Coast Funding Agreement’s goals and targets; 
  • Require collaborative activities and focus with at least two organisations, one being a Study Gold Coast Ordinary member; 
  • Be assessed by an independent panel and recommended to the Study Gold Coast Management Committee; 
  • Demonstrate value for money; 
  • Not be dependent on international travel; 
  • Require matched financial contribution (either cash or in-kind) by the consortium; 
  • Be clear in the expected outcomes; and  
  • Require reporting to Study Gold Coast on project progress and achievement.    


We are thrilled to announce the recipients of funding through the 2020 Education Vision Project Fund as follows: 

Consortium Partners Project

Helensvale State High School 

University of Queensland 

Helensvale - The Next Generation Thinkers  

This project is a critical and creative thinking program for Year 8 students, focused on underpinning 21st century skills to build study capability, including reading, thinking and writing. Includes expert online communication with teacher collaboration and professional learning, along with expert lectures and a showcasing event online. 

Emmanuel College 

Clicking Bricks 

Tyler International 

Live Lego with Andrew & Damian (LEGO Masters) – “Connecting Bricks…… Connecting People”  

This project centres around the student construct of four LEGO builds in collaboration with partners of Study Gold Coast to promote Gold Coast as a study destination (face-to-face and online). Each build will depict an aspect of the Gold Coast’s beautiful landscape as well as our cultural diversity. Individually each will tell a story and together they will create a larger picture of the Gold Coast, a celebration of our diversity.

Imagine Education 

Ridgeway Group 

Entrepreneur Education  

GC Paid Internship  

The GC Paid Internship takes the student experience to the next stage by giving 35 students the opportunity to gain on-the-job expertise when they join the team of a local business relating to their current field of study.  

Merrimac State High School

Browns English Language School 

Varsity College 

Southport State High School 

Benowa State High School 

Nerang State High School 

Robina State High School  

Learning Without Borders  

During a time of limited international travel, the project aims to keep Gold Coast schools, their educational offerings, and post-school learning opportunities at the front of minds of prospective international students. The proposed program is based on schools' recent experiences of online teaching and learning evolved and refined during COVID related school closures. Initially offering a semester's study of the subjects maths and physics, which require only basic English language skills, it is designed to engage and accredit its recipients, with a view to them continuing broader, longer term onsite studies once COVID induced border restrictions ease. 

TAFE Queensland 

Gold Coast Manufacturing Ecosystem 

Gold Coast School Manufacturing Hub  

Development of a Gold Coast School Manufacturing Hub as part of the current Gold Coast Manufacturing Ecosystem of 12 stakeholder groups. The Ecosystem's research work will identify a specific Gold Coast Manufacturing profile and identify strategies to address misconceptions about the industry. 

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast  

Southern Cross University 

Digital Technologies 

A 10 week series of events - showcases, seminars and workshops to promote digital technologies, culminating in a collaborative project hub where students would work with industry to develop a project (app, game, program etc), or solve an industry problem using digital technologies experienced during the events. 


Barrington College Australia 

Southport State High School 

Aquinas College 

Hospitality Skills Intensive Program  

Barrington College Australia will work with local secondary schools, education agents, English Language Schools and Study Gold Coast to offer an intensive hospitality skills training program for: 1) Year 13 domestic students whose final year of school studies and post-school plans were disrupted, and now require new skills for employment to facilitate ongoing employability, education and engagement; and 2) International students - relocating to the Gold Coast from other parts of Australia and/or requiring skills for employment particularly in the current economic climate and in the absence of government support. 

Australian Pacific College 

English Unlimited Brisbane 

Future Forward Fashion Design Creative Hub  

This project has four key components: the development and delivery of innovative design, fashion and merchandising industry focussed English courses; the offering of Nationally recognised fashion design and merchandising courses; the establishment of a creative fashion education and innovation hub to bring together the local fashion industry; and a work placement program that links fashion and merchandising education to business. 

Browns English Language School 

Destination Gold Coast  

Gold Coast EQI schools

Coomera Anglican College

Emmanuel College 

Hillcrest Christian College 

Kings Christian College 

St Hilda’s College 

The Southport School (TSS) 

TAFE Queensland 

Griffith University 

Southern Cross University 

Bond University 

On the GC TV / Station GC / Channel GC (TBC) 

Establishing an omni-media production/platform that is dedicated to showcasing the City of Gold Coast as Australia’s premier study destination for international students. Broadcasting will be via podcast/vodcast (live streamed and recorded), allowing Gold Coast education institutions to stream and record guest classes/lectures and events. Study Gold Coast members and local industries will be able to live stream or pre-record presentations, interviews, webinars, advertisements and other information pieces related to study, working, visiting or living on the GC.   

Southern Cross University 

Young Change Agents 

Gold Coast Changemaker Challenge  

The Gold Coast Changemaker Challenge is a collaboration between Southern Cross University, Young Change Agents and four Gold Coast high schools. Each high school will receive a Young Change Agents program in which students will work in teams to develop social enterprise solutions to problems they identify in their local area. The top two teams from each school will then progress to the pitch event at Southern Cross University where they will go head-to-head against other local teams to convince a panel of expert judges and audience that their idea will have the most beneficial impacts on the local community. 

Bond University  


Agent Bond - International Career Counsellor Advising Tool    

Earlier this year, Bond developed an onboarding tool for agents providing a unique and interactive way to learn more about Bond and the Gold Coast, with outstanding engagement and extremely positive feedback received. This project will deliver a similar experience for international high school career counsellors - critical influencers of prospective international undergraduate students. 


Liminal VR  

Virtual Reality in Healthcare Pilot  

To create education skills programs using Virtual Reality to augment and gamify learning within education facilities, health industry and industry. The initial project, a pilot, will create a Virtual Reality augmented experience for educating students and employees in Infection Control 101 specifically the skill: surface cleaning (cleaning procedures and their specified times, routine surface cleaning).  


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