National Gold Education Program
The Gold Industry Group (GIG)’s National Gold Education Program provides teachers with an informative array of educational gold resources.
Exclusive Gold Resources Kits including large rock samples are available for teachers to order for their school.
Teachers can book free, interactive gold incursions delivered by passionate workers in Australia’s gold industry to better inform students about the significance of gold, how it has helped shape our nation and the diverse range of careers available in the industry.
Lesson plans, an app, case studies, videos, other educational resources are also available covering gold careers, Science, Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Sustainability.
Gold Class Sessions
Free Gold Class Sessions are run by gold industry workers and are designed to educate students on the value of the sector to the community and economy, how the industry solves problems through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), and the diverse range of careers available in Australia’s gold industry.
These 60-minute sessions are delivered to students in secondary school (Years 9 – 12) exploring various career pathways and the many opportunities available in gold. Gold industry workers will share their career journey and the diverse range of jobs available in the sector through their experiences, worker interviews and profiles. These sessions can be delivered Australia-wide, online or in-person.
You can also visit the Gold Industry Group’s Gold Jobs website, a central online hub of career content. It is a comprehensive resource for students and teachers to explore the range of jobs, career pathways, and employment programs on offer in Australia’s gold industry.
These 60-minute sessions are delivered to a single class of up to 32 students in upper primary (Years 4 – 6) and lower secondary (Years 7 – 10) school. Engage your students with real-life challenges run by industry professionals! During each interactive session, students will learn all about gold, its value, relevance and diverse opportunities, through hands-on STEM activities. Facilitators also provide students with a unique insight into their career journey. These sessions are available in Western Australia, Melbourne and Bendigo.
Students will also explore the free Heart of Gold Australia app, featuring interactive gold games and activities.
Win! Book your STEM Session in Perth this semester and go in the draw to win a Golden Day Out for your students. One lucky class will be taken on an all-expenses paid excursion embarking on the Heart of Gold Discovery Trail, lunch in the city and an exciting tour of The Perth Mint. Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, see Terms and Conditions.
Order a Gold Resources Kit
Note: More than 1000 of our free Gold Resources Kits have been snapped up by schools across Australia so far! 500 new Kits are now available to order.
The Gold Industry Group’s free, exclusive Gold Resources Kits are popular, with a range of lessons and resources linked to the Australian Curriculum and large rock and gold samples from gold mines in Australia. The Kit provides teachers with unique learning tools and local samples to excite students about Australia’s diverse gold sector.
Each Kit includes a sandstone rock, dolerite rock, gneiss rock, pegmatite rock, porphyry rock, a gold leaf vial, geological hand lens, a comprehensive Teacher Guide, a Discover Gold in Your Life booklet and stickers, an Origins of Gold Specimens map, a Get into Gold flyer, a Careers in Gold poster and A Golden Country facts brochure.
Heart of Gold Australia app
Our free Heart of Gold Australia app, available to download from the App Store and Google Play, provides a range of interactive activities that students can use from any location, including the Discover Gold game. The app also features the Perth and Kalgoorlie Heart of Gold Discovery Trails for your next excursion or take the virtual tours from your classroom. Trail HASS and STEM lesson plans that are linked to the Australian Curriculum are also available.
Book an excursion
Take your students on a golden walking adventure through the heart of Perth city using the Heart of Gold Australia app. The trail will wow your students on a virtual journey to discover the history of a city and nation built on gold.
Enjoy lunch in city gardens and finish at the Perth Mint to experience dazzling exhibitions and live demonstrations that will enhance students’ understanding of Australia’s history and today’s modern gold mining industry.
You can book an excursion or choose the self-guided option to walk the trail.
Access gold resources
Order gold class materials, download lesson plans and case studies, and watch videos covering gold careers, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Mathematics and Sustainability.
About the Gold Industry Group
The Gold Industry Group (GIG) is a not-for-profit, member-based association dedicated to growing and supporting the gold sector and communities across Australia. We develop educational and community initiatives that deliver long-term outcomes and drive positive change.