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Supporting schools and students in Western NSW Region

Macquarie Darling Work Placement Incorporated
trading as
Western Student Connections

Head Office - Dubbo
Karen, Kim, Kylie, Ana
Margaret, Geraldine, Hollie
Emily B, Emily R, Emily S

Suite 2
46 Bultje Street
Dubbo NSW 2830
Phone: 02 6885 6144
Fax: 02 6885 6199

Broken Hill Office
Helen, Dominique, Donna

1a Wentworth Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Phone (Helen): 08 8082 5725
Phone (Dom): 08 8082 5706
Fax: 08 8082 5740

Bathurst Office

Phone: 02 6332 4733
Fax: 02 6332 4733

Please see our contacts page for further contact information

Work Placement

As the sole Work Placement Service Provider (WPSP) for Western NSW, Western Student Connections provides work placement coordination services for all schools and TAFE campuses in Work Placement Service Provider Regions 19, 20, 21 and 22 - see map.
We commenced business in October 2002 as Macquarie Darling Work Placement Incorporated and now trade as Western Student Connections.
In our role of Western NSW WPSP, we coordinate mandatory work placements for school students enrolled in NSW Higher School Certificate VET Industry Curriculum Framework courses at school and/or TAFE.
Western Student Connections Work Placement Coordinators work closely with NSW Department of Education & Communities, Catholic Education Commission and Independent schools, TAFE NSW Western and New England Institutes Campuses, and local employers to ensure a quality work placement for each student, that meets NSW Board of Studies requirements.
Our Work Placement page has further information.

Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP)

Western Student Connections, in a consortium with Access Group Training, is an Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways (IYCP) provider in Western NSW region.
The IYCP program provides a pathway opportunity for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students, through the facilitation of School Based Traineeships, conducting Aspiration Building Activities and events, and providing Structured Mentoring while the students are at school, and following their completion of Year 12 and transition from school to employment or further education.
See our IYCP page for further information

Western NSW Aboriginal Teacher Traineeships (WATT)

Western Student Connections is promoting this pathway to Early Childhood and Primary teaching in which students do a School Based Traineeship (SBAT) in Children's Services or Education Support
See our WATT webpage for further information


Western Student Connections is a Links to Learning provider for the Castlereagh, North West and Far West Links to Learning projects.
The Links to Learning Program is funded by the NSW Government and administered by the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Western Student Connections provides individualised workshops, resources and sessions for students in the Links to Learning projects.
See our Links to Learning web page for further information


Western Student Connections is endorsed to provide Quality Teaching council (QTC) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.
See our Training page for more information about this course and other training opportunities.

Business Documents & Links

Business Plan - 2015 - 2017
2015 Organisation Chart

Workshops and Training Opportunities


Visit our Training Page for workshop information and Application Forms

Work Readiness: Preparing Students for Workplace Learning
Completing Work Readiness: Preparing Students for Workplace Learning will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.3.2, 2.3.2, 3.5.2, 5.1.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2, 7.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW

Western Student Connections is an Institute of Teachers endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Proficient Teacher/Professional Competence.

VET and TVET teachers, VET and TVET Coordinators, Careers Advisers, Work Placement Coordinators, Job Coaches

Workplace Learning Policy, Board of Studies, NSW DET, CEC, AIS and WPSP requirements, Employability Skills, Work Readiness presentation for students, Employer expectations, Pre- and post-placement activities
One-day workshop 8:45am - 3:45pm See Training Page for dates.
$253.00 incl. GST
Enquiries: Western Student Connections Ph:02 6885 6144

What's On

Term 2 2016

26 April
Term 2 Day 1

3 May
WSC Annual General Meeting

4 May
Region K Work Placement - Orange Local Advisory Group meeting

5 May
Region J Work Placement - Broken Hill Local Advisory Group meeting

9 May
Region J Work Placement - Dubbo Local Advisory Group meeting

10 May
Work Readiness workshop - Orange

11 May
Region K Work Placement - Mudgee Local Advisory Group meeting

12 May
Work Readiness workshop - Mudgee

24 May
Region K Work Placement - Bathurst Local Advisory Group meeting

25 May
Work Readiness workshop - Bathurst

27 May
Work Readiness workshop - Dubbo

14 - 15 June
Links to Learning RSA/RCG training - Nyngan

15 June
Region J Work Placement - Bourke Local Advisory Group meeting

16 June
work Readiness workshop - Bourke

16 June
Links to Learning Fisrt Aid training - Gulgong

17 June
Links to Learning Fisrt Aid training - Dunedoo

20 June
Links to Learning White Card training - Cobar

21 June
Links to Learning White Card training - Nyngan

22 - 23 June
Real Game Series training - Dubbo

24 June
Links to Learning White Card training - Dunedoo

27 - 28 June
Links to Learning Fisrt Aid training - Cobar

28 - 29 June
Links to Learning Fisrt Aid training - Nyngan

1 July
Last day of Term 2

Term 1 2016

27 January
Term 1 Day 1

9 February
Broken Hill Links to Learning meetings

15 February
Links to Learning may begin in Eastern schools

22 February
Links to Learning may begin in western schools

29 February
Links to Learning Service Delivery Plans due

30 March
WSC Board meeting

1 April
Gulgong High School Links to Learning Career Development workshop

8 April
Last day of Term 1




Current Projects

Links to Learning Projects
Far West
North West

Indigenous Youth Careers Pathways Program

School Based Traineeships & Apprenticeships Facilitation

Bright Future Campaign

School Based Traineeships & Apprenticeships

Local Links to Industry Program

A School to Work Program for Students

The Real Game Series
Workshops for students

workshops for students

An online work placement readiness resource
for VET students

Western NSW Aboriginal Teacher Traineeships

Targeting Pathways for Transitional Students

BOSTES QTC Accredited Courses

Eco Schools Grants
Western Student Connections can write your application for you.
The 2015 round closes on 15th May 2015.

Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program
Western Student Connections can write your application for you.
2015-16 applications for funding are now closed


Previous Employers of the Month


DISCLAIMER: The content of the Western Student Connections’ web site is provided for information purposes only.
No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the website. Western Student Connections does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this web site or incorporated into it by reference.
The information on the Western Student Connections’ website is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the site undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of its content.
No liability is accepted for any information or services which may appear in any other format. No responsibility is taken for any information or services which may appear on any linked websites.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The coordination of work placements is funded by the State of New South Wales through the Department of Education under the Work Placement Service Provider Program
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