Bunbury and Busselton students win top vocational education prize

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino today congratulated three students who have been awarded one of the nation’s top prizes for Year 12 students undertaking Vocational Education and Training in School (VETiS).


  • Lily Wunnenberg from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Bunbury
  • Emma Hay, from Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, Busselton
  • Shasa Smith, Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, Busselton

They are among 500 students to receive the Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP), which recognises the skill, commitment and achievements of school students who take on vocational education in their final year.


Additionally, Emma Hay is one of only 20 students to be further awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School.


“Congratulations for being not just a wonderful ambassador for your school, but for pursuing the first-class career opportunities that high-quality VETiS can provide,” Mrs Marino said.


“The Government is committed to delivering a VETiS system with stronger links to industry and training providers, ensuring our graduates get high-quality, on-the-job training that equips them with the skills employers need.”


In congratulating the students, Mrs Marino noted: “the future prosperity of our economy very much depends on a highly-skilled workforce with this generation given an opportunity to pursue a trade or training while at school and deciding on a future career”.



The AVSP recognises Year 12 students from 2013 who excelled while undertaking a VETiS program or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

The AVSP was launched in 2005 as the vocational equivalent of the academic Australian Student

Prize, which will be awarded shortly and is another initiative aimed at recognising the achievements of students and their schools.

For more information visit www.education.gov.au/australian-vocational-student-prize.


Emma Hay Biography

Emma Hay


Georgiana Molloy Anglican School, WA Certificate IV Agri-Food Veterinary Nursing VETiS
Emma Hay has just achieved a major landmark – not only is she the first West Australian Secondary School student to graduate with a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, she is also the first in Australia to do so.

At school, she maintained a hectic program of study and out-of-school commitments.   She undertook The Employment Advantage Program, gained Senior First Aid and Surf Rescue Certificates, and completed a Certificate II in Business in 2012 while working 20 hours a week at GEO Vet practices.

Emma also represented Western Australia for three years in the Equestrian Interschool Championship, and served as Vice Team Captain for Western Australia at the Interschool National Equestrian Championships in 2012.

She has also been honoured by the Pony Club Association of WA for her contribution to the sport, culminating in 2014 in her receiving the Young Sports Person of the Year Award at the Australia Day Ceremony in the Shire of Capel.

Emma is modest about her achievements and, as champions do, attributes much of her success to the help and support of others. Her aim is to become a veterinary surgeon. A tireless, committed, generous person; she will likely make a great one.