Sustainable Development Goals Virtual Study Program 

Self-Paced Program

We provide self-paced program where students can learn at their own speed. It allows students to study at their convenience and can increase their learning potentials.


Learn more about Real Global Issues and how you can make a difference by making small changes in your life? Come and join us on an epic Far North Queensland adventure where you will enhance your knowledge and understanding for the United Nation’s SDGs, environmental issues effecting Australia and much more!


  • Australian Personality Profile (AusID)
  • Become and Aussie Ambassador by completing the Aussie Ambassador App
  • Great Barrier Reef Virtual Program, including presentations by world leading university Professors.
  • Tropical Rainforest Program, includes presentations by world leading ecologists.
  • Native Wildlife Program, includes meeting the newest addition to our Koala family
  • Improve your English language skills
  • Aboriginal Culture Program, includes your chance to create your own indigenous masterpiece.
  • Academic Lectures on topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Educational Webinars on topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Session 1: Welcome, SDGs & AusID

Welcome to Cairns with our Managing Director
Great Barrier Reef Academy’s Managing Director Janine Bowmaker will welcome you to the program direct from

Educational Presentation on SDGs
Learn more about UNESCO’S 17 Sustainable Development Goals and What you can do to help achieve these goals
including an interactive game that provides everyone with their SDG mascot.

Session with AusID Global Director, Michael White
Students will learn more about their personalities and how to apply this knowledge at school, home and in their
future careers. *Activity Questions included.


Session 2: Our World Heritage Region 1 – Great Barrier Reef

Citizen of The Great Barrier Reef
Become a Citizen of The Great Barrier Reef

Behind the Scenes Tour at JCU Aquarium
Join Famous Marine Biologist for a behind the scenes tour of the outstanding research facilities @ the JCU Aquarium.
Learn about the venomous wildlife who call the aquarium home!! *Activity Questions included

Interview with “Straw No More” Young Ambassador Molly Steer
Join Molly for an informative session on her campaign for no more plastic straws.  *Activity Questions included

Session 3: Our World Heritage Region 2 – Tropical Rainforest

Rainforest and Sustainability Lecture and Tour
Go Behind the Scenes at Rainforestation with a specialist rainforest guide. Explore the Rainforest and discover the
sustainability efforts in place in this unique nature park.

Educational Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Lecture and Tour
Discover the amazing world of the Australian Butterfly’s. Guided Tour and Talk with Butterfly Expert.

JCU Behind the Scenes Herbarium Tour
Join Professor Darren Crayn for a Behind the Scenes Tour of the Herbarium Research Facilities at James Cook

Session 4: Our Native Culture

Native Bush Tucker Talk
Native Indigenous Guided walk through the rainforest learning about the different bush tucker found here in the
World Heritage Rainforest.

Aboriginal Painting and Indigenous Symbols Lesson
Learn how to paint from an Indigenous painter. Learn about the history of aboriginal art, where the base colours are
found and what the symbols mean.

Aboriginal Dancing & Didgeridoo Lesson
Students will learn aboriginal dance steps and the basis of how to play the didgeridoo.

Aussie Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge of Australian Facts.

Session 5: Our Native Animals 

Native Australian Wildlife Session
Join Specialist Wildlife Guide for an introduction to some Native Aussies Wildlife. Learn about Wallabies,
Snakes, Crocodiles, Cassowaries and many more native animals. *Activity Questions included

Native Wildlife Care Session
Join Local Wildlife Carer for a talk on and Introduction to Native Australian Wildlife.

Tree Planting
Plant a tree in your honour with Cairns Regional Council. GPS Coordinates to your very own tree provided.

Live Farewell Ceremony and Certificate Presentation
Once every 2 weeks, Live via Zoom. Once you have completed your program please join us on Saturday for your Live Farewell Ceremony and Certificate Presentation. *Runs once every 2 weeks on Satuday morning