A new year offers us all a great chance to map a new course and pursue new opportunities. And if you’ve got a newly graduated high school student in your family, chances are they are already deep in decision making mode about their future direction.

There is an abundance of great information available for school leavers to help them decide on their next step.

We’ve compiled some of the latest information and links for you here, to save you searching.

But before you begin scrolling down through the list, a timely reminder of the results of the most recent Next Step post-school survey – it showed almost nine in ten Queensland school leavers from the 2018 cohort are now either at uni, in further education/training or working! So please relax and enjoy this next step in the process and encourage your teen to not feel overwhelmed. The right path will present itself in time!

* University entry and information on offers

If your teen is considering an academic path, universities are ready and waiting to talk to them about what’s possible either now, or in the years ahead.

Even if they didn’t get the OP they were hoping for, still encourage them to make contact with their preferred uni to see what is achievable. Many offer advice about alternative entry pathways.

The major round of offers were released by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) on Wednesday 15 January and the deadline for responding to these offers is 4pm Tuesday 21 January. There will be a further offer round made on Friday 24 January, with the deadline to respond to this round on Tuesday 28 January.

QTAC also advises on their website that applications for the Bond University medicine courses (which QTAC also oversee) will open on Wednesday 15 January with a due date of Friday 31 January. See more information about key dates on the QTAC website. Their website also has lots of information about changing course or universities and course entry requirements.

The QTAC call centre can be contacted during business hours on 1300 467 822.

* Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The vocational education path has always been a popular one. And there is also plenty of information available to help you and your teen navigate the options of this path.

Tafe Queensland

Find out about their certificates, diplomas, degrees, trade qualifications and university pathway options here.

Queensland Government Apprenticeship/Traineeship information

Information on incentives, costs and support can be found here.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways

This website has tools & resources to assist students researching apprenticeship & traineeship career pathways.

Queensland Skills Gateway

This website offers information on vocational education and training including courses, training providers, government funding and career pathways.

* Other general websites that may be useful

My Future

This website helps explore career options based on your skills and interests. Find it here.

Study Assist

Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study can be found here.


Compare the experiences of students at higher education institutions on this website.


CareerMe is a free app for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets to help young people plan career paths and find job opportunities. Find details here.