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Study Options Open Days are free information events designed to give students, parents and careers advisors the chance to find out more about studying at Australian and New Zealand universities.

Attending the Open Days is an opportunity not to be missed - these are the only events in the UK where you can meet and talk to a large number of Australian universities face-to-face, and under one roof. Go along to find out more about the universities, the courses available, accommodation options, campus lifestyles and facilities, and more.

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE is in the process of rebranding itself to become Melbourne Polytechnic.  The college has been established in northern Melbourne for over 100 years, but during that time they have expanded to have a student population of around 70,000.  The number and type of courses have also changed over time with the introduction of more vocational degree qualifications and pathways to higher education.  It is for this reason that they have decided to change their name to better reflect their current offer.

A recent survey has found that Australia is still the most successful destination for British expats.The seventh annual NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life index, undertaken by the Centre for Future Studies, found that 89% of Britons living in Australia reported an improved quality of life.

82% of those questioned said that their main reason for living in Australia was a better environment and quality of life for their children, with 73% saying that their health had improved in the new climate.

For the fourth year running, Melbourne has been awarded the highest ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability survey, with half of the top ten made up from cities in Australia and New Zealand.

As well as Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Auckland all feature.  Canada has also done well in the ranking, with three cities featuring in the top ten.

Australia’s Skilled Occupation List will soon be updated to include opportunities for trained chefs, bricklayers, floor and wall tilers to apply for visas without employer sponsorship.

The change is due to a shortage of these skilled workers in the areas of hospitality and construction.  Both industries are projected to experience strong growth in the near future.

TAFE colleges in Queensland have recently been restructured and rebranded, so some of the names that may be familiar to you have now been updated.  The twelve former colleges in the state have been unified under six new names.  TAFE Queensland is now made up of:

Brisbane Buddy is a discount card for students which allows you completely cash free entry to attractions, as well as many discounts in outlets around Brisbane.

It works as a ‘smart card’ - like a credit card with a computer chip inside – which means you just need to swipe your card for entry into Brisbane’s top attractions, tours, cruises and adventure activities or show your card in a number of other participating outlets for more discounts.

Australia’s largest state has currently also got the country’s strongest economy.  The recent mining boom has brought significant amounts of economic growth and people into the state, which in turn will encourage further investment in the future.  When it comes to college study this is great news - vocational courses benefit from close association with industry, so you will benefit increased opportunities to gain work experience in your area of study.