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Government Services


Create a myGOV Account

Click here to create a myGov account.

myGov is essential if you want to access:

Child Support
Australian Tax Office (ATO)
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Australian JobSeatch



The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities.

You can narrow the list of around 1500 occupations, specialisations and alternative job names by using Job Search.

The Job Guide also shows useful contact addresses under each entry so that you can find out more detailed information about the occupation.

The information included there was correct at the time of publication, but requirements for courses may have changed. Check specific entry requirements with institutions, and the Australian Apprenticeship options at your school, before you make subject choices for Years 11 or 12 if you are still at school.



Department of Employment


The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

You will find information for job seekers, employers and employees on this site.


On 1 July 2015, the Australian Government is introducing new employment services called 'jobactive' to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers and improve job outcomes.

Click here for information about the transition of services.

Explore Career Options

Click here to access the Job Guide which helps young people explore career options and make subject choices.

It provides information about a wide range of occupations and the education and training pathways that lead to them. It also includes useful information about the job search process, provides details of available government assistance and suggests where to go for further information.


Department of Employment

The Department of Employment works to provide people from all backgrounds with access to services and support to help them overcome barriers and develop the required skills to gain employment and participate in society.



Returning to Study

A Guide to VCE, VCAL and VET for Adults

The information in the guide will assist you if you are:

  • over 18 years of age 
  • interested in returning to study at the senior secondary level (above Year 10)

The options available to you include:

  • the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • Both VCE and VCAL may include Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Further study can be a pathway to:

  • tertiary study 
  • more satisfying work opportunities 
  • new careers 
  • personal enrichment

You can also read about where adults can study VCE and VCAL.

Download the brochure


Australian Tax Office Claiming Self Education Expenses

Self-education Expenses

You may be able to claim a deduction for self-education expenses if your study is work-related or if you receive a taxable bonded scholarship. In some circumstances you have to reduce the amount of your claim by $250.

The Australian Tax Office website has details to help you work it out.

Find out more 

Eligible Courses
Work-related self-education expenses are expenses you incur when you undertake a course to obtain a formal qualification from a school, college, university or other place of education that is relevant for your current employment.

Expenses You Can Claim
We provide a list of the expenses you can claim in relation to your self-education.

Expenses You Can't Claim

We provide a list of the expenses you cannot claim in relation to your self-education.

$250 Reduction
In certain circumstances you may have to reduce your allowable self-education expenses by $250. However, you may have other types of expenses - some of which are not allowable as a deduction - that can be offset against the $250 before you have to reduce the amount you can claim for allowable expenses.




One of the most important constituents of our success is great people. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining extraordinary contributors. A variety of initiatives and programs offer our associates the opportunity to grow and develop their careers, be rewarded and recognized for their efforts.

Welcome to Victoria's Volunteering Portal

More than 1.5 million Victorians volunteer their time, skills and experience, and in one way or another make a huge contribution to local communities. Victoria’s Volunteering Portal is a free online resource to support volunteering in Victoria.


Information for Volunteers

This section has information about volunteering, what it involves and how to find volunteering opportunities.



United Way -  Ballarat

Volunteering Ballarat is the peak body for volunteering for the City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Pyrenees Shire and Hepburn Shire. They are there to help the community to find volunteering opportunities and to help those seeking volunteers.

Volunteer in Ballarat Guide is available here.


Golden Plains Shire Volunteer Training Program


The 2015 Volunteer Training Program is open to all volunteers in Golden Plains Shire. Whether you deliver community transport, meals on wheels or are from a local sporting club, committee of management or other community group there’s sure to be something to interest you on your training journey. These training sessions are designed to further develop your skills and provide support in your role. We look forward to meeting you on your travels.

The 2015 Volunteer Training Road Map (2046 kb) provides you with all the information you need for the training year.

This NEW interactive roadmap provides you with the opportunity to:
• Post it on the wall at your club
• Encourage your volunteers to attend each training session
• Register their attendance
• Indicate their attendance in the ‘Who’s attending from our club?’ box
• List your own club events and activities.
• Check out the Shire’s monthly community events, and
• Don’t forget to take note of the grants, links and tips throughout!
You can call Caroline Jordan on 5220 7216 to get yourself a printed copy.