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Australian Defence Forces  - Gap Year 2019

ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened. It's a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.

Through an ADF Gap Year participants will:

  • Gain valuable skills and work experience
  • Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
  • Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
  • Make friends like-minded people\
  • Get the opportunity to see more of Australia

In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year we’re offering 30 Army Officer roles - places are limited.

ADF Gap Year – Navy

Closes 9 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Combat Engineer

Closes 9 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Officer

Closes 23 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Artillery Operator

Closes 23 April 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Infantry Soldier

Closes 14 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Driver

Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Administration Assistant

Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Warehouse Assistant

Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Army Air Defence Operator

Closes 21 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Cabin Crew

Closes 7 March 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Warehouse Storeperson

Closes 28 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Aviation Support Technician

Closes 28 May 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Airbase Protection and Security

Closes 4 June 2018

ADF Gap Year Air Force Administration Assistant

Closes 4 June 2018


Closing dates are driven by demand and may close sooner than listed.


Applications can be made at the following link :


Gap Year videos from past participants are found at the following link :



The UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website

Please find important information at the links below 


UMAT 2018 Key Dates:

Registrations are open now and close on                               Friday 1st June, 2018  @  5.00pm

Late registrations close                                                           Friday 15th June, 2018  @  5.00pm

UMAT Test date                                                                      Wednesday 25 July, 2018

Results released                                                                     Mid September, 2018


Medicine or Dentistry - UMAT

Do you have a dream of pursuing Medicine or Dentistry?  Would you like to be considered for a highly competitive undergraduate course at the end of Year 12?  Then as well as very strong VCE results, you will also need a strong score on the UMAT – University Medical Admission Test -

Michael Tsai from iCanMed has agreed to come to Geelong Grammar School on Tuesday 17th April (First day back in Term 2) to present a FREE 2 hour seminar that all prospective UMATers in Geelong could well consider attending.  

Tuesday 17th April 2018 - 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm AEST

Geelong Grammar School

Cook Theatre

50 Biddlecombe Ave


Even if you have signed up for a prep course elsewhere, this would still be an excellent investment of your time on Tuesday afternoon.

In this event, iCanMed's co-founder, Michael Tsai, will be taking you through the most efficient and effective strategies to score above 90th percentile in the UMAT.

Michael will be going through: 

  • What UMAT is and what it assesses in students
  • Trends in the 2017 exam and predictions for the 2018 exam
  • Why UMAT preparation is different to preparing for subjects at school
  • The ways 95% or more students are preparing and the serious flaws in these preparation approaches
  • How UMAT questions are designed and made to be challenging - insight from an assessment writer
  • The basic components of section 1, 2 and 3 questions - the differences and similarities
  • The secret 5 step approach to deciphering each and every UMAT question - with applications to section 1, 2 and 3 question examples
  • Recommended timeline for UMAT preparation, medical school application writing, interview preparation and studying for your ATAR


This workshop is suitable for Year 11 and 12 Students, and also forward planning Year 10 students.

Registration is via Eventbrite:   


Free articles, guides, video tutorials and updated questions for UMAT preparation

Michael has compiled a series of links that explains preparation methods for the UMAT. The page had been viewed almost 70,000 times since June last year. 

Practice Questions and Video Solutions (scroll down to the bottom of the page to view)





What is the best way to study for the UMAT



Three stages of UMAT preparation: Initial, middle and late stage



Section 1 question type overview:


Section 2 question type overview:


Section 3 question type overview:



Please see the Careers Department should you wish to discuss this further.


Weekly Career News

Please find the Weekly Careers Newsletter attached for your information. Topics includeAT:

  • Focus on entrepreneurship/small business ownership
  • TVSA Pilot Training Open Day, 17 March
  • Victorian College of the Arts Visual Art Winter School, 9 - 13 April
  • A Day in The Life of a Fashion Illustrator, Box Hill Institute, 11 April
  • Game Art & Program Workshops, Academy of Interactive Entertainment, 12 & 13 April
  • Macleay College Information Day, 24 April
  • National Youth Science Forum 


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