Find your people. Ask big questions. Activate your life.

Activate is a one-year, life-changing experience for young adults aged 18-25 years old that combines fun and friendship with biblical studies and life skills — all within the vibrant college community of Trinity College Queensland.

Each cohort of Activate students has the opportunity to undertake new experiences, grow and change personally, and build genuine relationships with fellow Christians from diverse Christian backgrounds.

An Activate year isn’t a gap filler. It’s a year of intention where young people set aside time and space to set their life and faith in motion. 

Enquire now to see how you can join our 2024 cohort.

All the FAQs

If you’re 18-25* and you’ve achieved at least Year 10 in an Australian school system or equivalent, you’re eligible to take part in Activate.

The program is suitable for

  • School leavers taking a gap year.
  • Young people wanting to broaden their experiences and deepen their faith.
  • Young adults who are unsure of what to do next.
  • University students wanting a ‘change of pace’ and take a year break in their current course.
  • New graduates seeking grounding in their faith before embarking on a vocational track.

*applicant’s age in the year that they are attending the program

4 units (subjects) over a 12-week semester that goes to an ACT* Academic Studies in Theology Certificate.

*Australian College of Theology

Activate happens two and a half days per week over 2 semesters with some occasional weekends, leaving time for your other commitments.

Here are all the dates for Activate in 2024:

  • Intake cut-off: January 19, 2024 (If you are wanting to get accommodation at Raymont Residential College you need to apply earlier otherwise you may miss out!)
  • Activate starts: Week of Monday 5th February 2024
  • Activate finishes: Thursday 31st October 2024

You can find our Student Calendar 2024 here for an overview of the semester weeks.

Graduation: March 2025

  • 75% of the program: We will be onsite at Trinity College Queensland, conveniently located in the inner-city suburb of Auchenflower, Brisbane, with modern and public transport within walking distance to trains, ferries and bus stations.
  • 25% of the program: We will spend our time offsite at various locations that will include beach trips, hiking and much more. Also note that Trinity college is located very close to Toowong Village, with convenient services that include health clinics, Medicare, Centrelink and transport departments.

You sure can! But you’ll probably need a place to stay as this program isn’t online. We suggest Raymont Residential College, right next door to Trinity and offering a furnished room, awesome community and all your food, plus utilities, gym, pool parking and a great location.

Find out more

OR we can help you look for offsite accommodation in Brisbane.

Theory: Academic Studies in Theology Certificate

Practical Element: Activate Program Activities + Life Skills  (including a camp, a barista course, a first aid course + other day trips associated with the program)

Total Cost: TBC

Please be advised that there is no FEE-help available for this course, however payment plans are available and government support for living is available for eligible students.

Students between 18 and 24 years old who undertake Activate may be eligible for the Centrelink payment Youth Allowance, as long as they are taking four units per semester and living away from home. See Centrelink information here for current fee support.

Other support that may be available is the Government Relocation Scholarship if you’re a student getting Youth Allowance and you need to live away from home to study.

For further details contact Centrelink on 132 490.

Activate runs for only two and a half days a week each semester, giving you an opportunity for part-time work. We might also be able to help you find work opportunities nearby.

We believe that serving others is more than a natural consequence of following Jesus, it is a central part of our mission. Thus, Activate community will experience two different ways of serving:

  1. A mission trip (in Australia) where students will actively and reflectively engage with a mission organisation.
  2. Volunteer work with missions that serve people “in the margins” in the city of Brisbane.

Here at Trinity College, our student community represents a number of different Christian churches and we would be more than happy to connect you with a community of faith.

Get Activated

Come to one of our info nights to find out more!

Enjoy pizza. Ask your questions. Meet like-minded people who are interested in the program. Plus you can have a chat with our Activate Coordinator, Fernando Torres, and meet some of the Trinity College staff.

Brisbane Info Night Toowoomba Info Night
(available online for those who live outside SE Queensland)
August 2023 (date tbc)
(In-person event only) September 2023

How to Apply

  1. Application Form
    First thing to do is to complete the Activate Application Form here. No worries if you are under 18 at time of application, as long as you are turning 18 in the year of the program (If so, we will need your guardian/parent consent). You will then get an email confirming that we have received your application and to organise a time for your interview.
  2. Interview
    The next step involves something exciting and very important: we would love to get to know you better, introduce ourselves, and answer any questions you may have about Activate and everything involved in being part of this community. We can arrange a suitable time to meet you through two options:
    a. In person: If you live near Brisbane, we would be delighted to welcome you to the campus.
    b. Online. If you can’t attend in person, we’ll ‘come to you’ via zoom.
    The interview is more of a chat. We will have a relaxed and cozy approach. Don’t worry!
  3. Confirmation
    Finally, you will receive a phone call and email to let you what your next steps are in the application process.
    Please note that you will need to make a small non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. But, of course, the amount will be taken from the overall cost.

Register your interest now and go into the draw to win a Beats Solo3 wireless On-ear headphones*


*Competition T&Cs
This competition is opened to those who fall in the age group of 18 to 25 in 2024 and are interested in the Activate gap year program offered at Trinity College Queensland (ABN 25 548 385 225). Please note that this competition is open to entrants that do not need a student VISA to study in Australia. Trinity College Queensland is an ecumenical Theological College located in Auchenflower, Brisbane. There is no entry fee or commitment to sign up to the Activate program to be in the draw. Only one entry per person is allowed. Closing date for entry is 1st December 2023. After this no further entries to the competition will be permitted. The prize is as follows; Beats Solo3 wireless On-ear headphones (Black) values at $299. The prize is as stated, and no other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferrable. A winner will be chosen at random from all the eligible entries on 4th December 2023 and will be notified by phone and/or email. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and redraw for a replacement winner. By entering this competition, the entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. The winner agrees to use their name and image in any publicity material regarding Activate, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner, or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. By entering this competition, the entrant is indicating that their data can be collected and used on a database at Trinity College for further contact. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Beats or any other party.

Enquire now to see how you can join our 2024 cohort

Visit us at: Trinity College Queensland
Level 1, 60 Bayliss Street, Auchenflower, QLD 4066
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