Why Kiwis Should Come And Study In Australia

why kiwis should come study in australia

Why Kiwis Should Come And Study In Australia

Aussies and Kiwis have a long history of comradeship. We are economic and political partners. Our governments have a strong bond known as the Trans-Tasman relations.  

Our relationship has always been one akin to squabbling siblings, with jokes about jandals and each side subtly mocking each other’s accents.  

But for all our teasing, Australians and New Zealanders have always had a good relationship. The relationship between Kiwis and Aussies is better than with any other country. This relationship means that Kiwis have amazing access to the same opportunities that Aussies do in regard to studying qualifications in VET and in turn getting sustainable employment in Australia. 

What does this mean for New Zealanders living in Australia?   

There are all kinds of government programs Kiwis can access. Depending on the type of visa you have you may be able to access Medicare, family assistance programs, rent assistance, student loans and more. You can check out all the entitlements for eligible New Zealand citizens here 

There is even government funding for study that eligible New Zealanders can access. For example, under the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding in Queensland, Kiwis have access to a range of Certificate II and III qualifications that will allow them to study online or via face-to-face workshops at several registered training organisations.  

What can Kiwis study in Australia?

There are so many options for further study that can help you to retrain for a new industry!


Ever thought about a rewarding a career in security?

Security is a growing industry, new opportunities are coming up all the time.  The Certificate II in Security Operations is the standard course required to gain your unarmed security guard licence. The course can be completed in an eight day face-to-face workshop with some online work required before attending your workshop.

In the course you’ll learn how to:

  • Apply effective communication skills to maintain security 
  • Apply legal and procedural requirements to work effectively within a security team 
  • Apply WHS, emergency response and evacuation procedures to maintain security
  • Apply risk assessment to select and carry out response to security risk situations 
  • Provide quality services to a range of security clients 
  • Protect self and others using basic defensive techniques 
  • Patrol premises to monitor property and maintain security 
  • Screen people, personal effects and items to maintain security 
  • Monitor and control access and exit of persons and vehicles from premises 
  • Monitor and control individual and crowd behaviour to maintain security 
  • Apply security procedures to manage intoxicated persons 
  • Apply security procedures to remove persons from premises 
  • Escort and protect persons and valuables 
  • Provide first aid 

The course is partially funded under Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for eligible students. If you were successful in gaining this funding, you would only need to pay a small student co-contribution fee or either $14 or $42 depending on your circumstances. You can learn more about this course in our our free information sessions here 


If you’re wanting to break into the business or administration world and work your way up, there are many studying pathways you can use to get there. One course with customisable options is covered by the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding.

Eligible students who gain the funding will only need to pay a small student co-contribution fee of either $13 or $39. The Certificate III in Business has multiple specialisation options. All students in the course complete the core units, these include:

  • BSBCRT311 Apply critical thinking skills in a team environment 
  • BSBPEF201 Support personal wellbeing in the workplace 
  • BSBSUS211 Participate in sustainable work practices 
  • BSBTWK301 Use inclusive work practices 
  • BSBWHS311 Assist with maintaining workplace safety 
  • BSBXCM301 Engage in workplace communication 

And then you can choose a specialisation within the Business qualification, this could be General, Customer Engagement or Administration.  

Each of these specialisations has different units that will help you to broaden your knowledge and understanding and prepare you for an entry level role in that field.  

You can check out the course here 

Investigative Services  

If you’re stealthy and have a knack for problem solving, you might make a good PI!

It might surprise you to find out that the Certificate III in Investigative Services, the course requirement for gaining your private investigations licence, is covered by the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding. Students who are successful in gaining the funding will only need to pay a small student co-contribution fee of either $16 or $48.  

In the course you’ll learn how to;  

  • Work effectively in investigative services 
  • Develop investigation plans 
  • Investigate and locate subjects 
  • Provide quality investigative services to clients 
  • Prepare and present evidence in court 
  • Address compliance requirements for new business ventures 
  • Conduct factual investigations 
  • Conduct interviews and take statements to support investigations 
  • Develop factual investigation reports 
  • Maintain work health and safety 
  • Compile and use official notes 
  • Produce formal record of interview 
  • Handle sensitive information 
  • Conduct covert surveillance operations 
  • Organise and operate surveillance vehicles 
  • Develop surveillance investigation reports 

You can learn more about the course here 

Transport Security Protection  

If you’re interested in moving into the aviation security industry, you’ll need to undertake a Certificate II in Transport Security Protection.

In the course you’ll learn how to: 

  • Undertake physical search of cargo and articles 
  • Identify and handle weapons, explosives and prohibited items 
  • Work effectively in a transport security industry 
  • Control access to and exit from a security sensitive area 
  • Establish and maintain a sterile sensitive area 
  • Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference within a transport security environment 
  • Conduct frisk search of persons 
  • Conduct screening using explosive trace detection 
  • Manage the flow of items for screening by X-ray screening equipment 
  • Screen articles by interpreting X-ray images 
  • Operate body scanner 
  • Identify powders, liquids, aerosols and gels (PLAGs) 
  • Conduct vehicle search for access to security sensitive areas 
  • Apply awareness of dangerous goods and hazardous substances in the transport security environment 
  • Control persons using empty hand techniques 
  • Conduct security screening using walk-through metal detection equipment 
  • Conduct security screening using hand-held metal detectors 

You can check out the course here 


Get your foot in the door in the retail industry!

The Certificate III in Retail is the perfect course to help you bridge the gap in your skills to break into the fast-paced retail environment. And it’s covered by the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding. Eligible students who are successful in gaining the funding will only need to pay a small student co-contribution fee of either $13 or $39.  

In the course you’ll learn how to:

  • Engage the customer 
  • Assist with customer difficulties 
  • Build customer relationships and loyalty 
  • Work effectively in a team 
  • Work effectively in a service environment 
  • Identify and respond to security risks 
  • Sell to the retail customer 
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety 
  • Work with diverse people 
  • Receive and handle retail stock 
  • Maintain personal health and wellbeing 
  • Organise and maintain the store environment 
  • Organise personal work requirements 

You can check out the course here 

Entrepreneurship and New Business  

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?

The Certificate III in Entrepreneurship and New Business is the course that can help you do it! It’s been specially designed to help fledging business owners come into their own and scale their small business idea and it’s covered by the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding. Eligible applicants would only need to pay small student co-contribution fee of either $10 or $30.  

In the course you’ll learn how to:

  • Investigate business opportunities 
  • Develop and present business proposals 
  • Organise finances for new business ventures 
  • Address compliance requirements for new business ventures 
  • Build and maintain business relationships 
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers 
  • Organise personal work priorities 
  • Contribute to continuous improvement 
  • Assist with maintaining workplace safety 
  • Engage in workplace communication 

You can learn more about this course here 

All of these qualifications allow Kiwis the chance to get their foot in the door in the Australian employment market. 

How does the funding work? 

Studying in Australia is easy and there are many support options available at Asset College to help Kiwis get the qualifications they need for a job they want.

If you’re a New Zealand citizen living in QLD and have not completed a Certificate III or above qualification before, you may be eligible for government funding and therefore should look into applying. You can do so here. 

Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee for eligible participants, Kiwis will pay a small co-contribution fee towards the cost of their course. This is anywhere between $12 – $50 depending on the qualification chosen, which is a big difference from the fee for service charges for Certificate III qualifications.

This program is designed to assist unskilled workers to receive the training they need to enter the workforce and with the support from Asset College, we’ll help you do just that. Don’t worry if you’re not eligible, there are options for you too! 

There are so many options for Kiwis who want to live, study and work in Australia. Come and check out the sunshine state!

Contact Asset College today to discuss the many options available to you. 

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