Becoming a finalist is music to Lien’s ears

29-year old Lien Vanmaele from Inglewood has been short-listed as a finalist for the “WA International Student of the Year” award at this year’s WA Training Awards for her dedication to pursuing a career in the music events industry.

Belgium born Lien moved to Perth two years ago to experience living and studying in another country and says it is the best thing she has ever done.

“Studying and spending time in a different country has had such a huge positive impact on my life,” said Lien. “I have become fluent in English, obtained two qualifications and secured a job that I absolutely love.”

Lien studied a Diploma of Music Business at North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville whilst participating in an internship at West Australian Music, where she gained experience working on gigs like the State of the Art Festival and the West Australian Music Festival.

Lien went on to obtain a Diploma of Events at North Metro TAFE’s Northbridge campus and now works in a front of house role at the Perth Arena where she has had the opportunity to work on events such as The Prince Concert, The Cure, Disney on Ice and Canada vs USA Ice Hockey.

“My dream was always to work in the music industry, for a big festival or concert venue and now I’m living my dream and I have to pinch myself some days to make sure I’m awake.”

Lien admits that her journey hasn’t always been an easy one, particularly with the language barrier she faced when she arrived in Australia. She knew she had to overcome her fears of not being understood because she wouldn’t only have to speak in English, she’d need to study in English as well.

“The first few weeks were really tough,” she said. “I was translating every single word in my head trying to work out what it meant and on top of that, I had the Australian accent to get used to”.

“After a while, something started to change. I felt myself getting used to it. I was no longer translating every word and actually caught myself thinking in English!” said Lien.

North Metro TAFE Events lecturer Liz Bindon-Bonney said that Lien has transformed into an independent, confident and extremely motivated student during her studies.

“Lien is a hard-working and talented student who has used her strength and enthusiasm to overcome the many challenges faced by an international student,” said Liz. “She will go far in the events industry and I wish her the very best.”

Not resting on her laurels, Lien now studies Leadership and Management at Sterling Business College which she hopes will assist her to gain a management position in the future.

Lien is competing against three other finalists for the “WA International Student of the Year” title which will be awarded at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 23 September at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

More Than Afternoon Tea

Deciding the right type of study can be an intimidating prospect, which is why Central created Open Arvo, to illustrate all that Central has to offer. Future students can discover not only which course is right for them but also what studying at Central will be like.

Running from 3 – 6.30pm on Wednesday 2 September, this year’s Open Arvo gave future students the opportunity to explore the Northbridge campus, speak to lecturers and students and get hands on at an array of interactive stands..

Free coffee, free massages, a 3D printer, an electric car, beer goggles and free health assessments were just some of the things on offer and the sheer range of activities and information kept even the most hard to please informed and entertained.

No matter what you’re interested in, Central has something to spark your curiosity, whether it’s art, media, science, business, design or anything in between.

This year’s event was no exception with every study area pulling out all the stops.

As always, one of the most popular activities was the free five-minute massage from the Remedial Massage students. A free massage is something rarely turned down and our massage students were kept very busy with people wanting to sample their skills.

The best way to get a feel for the campus and its facilities was to take one of various campus tours. The tours demonstrated what to expect from various portfolios if you choose to study at Central. There was the CUT Mine tour, Central Vibe Fitness Centre tour, Fashion Department tour and all manner of work lining the route of the Art and Design tour.

Apart from the displays and activities, the afternoon featured music from singer/song writer Mat Cal, and alt country troubadour Ruby Boots.

If you’re looking to study and missed out on the Open Arvo, or attended and want to know more about what Central has to offer, please see our range of courses at the Central website.

Applications are now open for Semester One 2016


Events in Practice

Study is the perfect time to meet new people, learn new skills and put them into practice to prepare for what lays ahead.

Based on the reactions of students and industry, the future is bright for Central Events students.

During March, Events students tried their hand by helping out at the Perth Bridal Fair and Sculptures at Bathers.

The work experience saw the students participate in real industry events and gain valuable insights into working in the industry.

The students turned theory into practice as they helped organise and run the events with great success.

Like most students, James Fagan found working at Sculptures at Bathers to be an invaluable experience that put what he was learning into perspective.

“As a Certificate three student, it was a perfect environment to sample the events world and immerse myself, without too much responsibility. 
It was refreshing to attend an activity that was relevant to the course I study. I was able to see how different areas of the course were put into practice and use what I had learnt in communication, networking and customer service,” James said.

“I believe most of the students learnt some valuable skills from the interaction with the general population, the staff at Kidodo and Tony and Pam Jones,” he continued.

But it wasn’t just the students who found the experience rewarding, Perth Bridal Fair Director, Kym Oates was overwhelmed by how professional and enthusiastic the students were.


“I just wanted to say how amazing the Central Tafe students were this year. They were by far the best we have had yet. I received so many wonderful, positive comments from exhibitors, staff and models about the group of girls that helped out over the weekend”, she said.

The tremendous support of industry work experience from students and industry alike is proof of the balance of theoretical and practical learning at Central.

Central’s Events training that gives you more than knowledge, it gives you industry experience to put you at the head of the pack.

For information on Central Events training click here

More than a Race Around Town

Once again the Perth International Student Festival brought out the best in Central students with volunteers and participants making it a day to remember.

There were activities galore surrounding the Perth Cultural Centre to celebrate the cultural diversity that international students bring to Perth and Central alike. The day also provided Central Event Management students the valuable opportunity to gain hands on experience in running an event.

Central students assisted in running the festival and used what they had learnt to ensure the day ran smoothly. From marshaling students for the beginning of the City Challenge to running the food stalls, Central students made sure the day went on without a hitch.

The festival, a not for profit event orchestrated by {Study} Perth brings together newly arrived and established international students from school, university, and college. The carnival atmosphere provided a great place to meet people outside of study and learn more about what Perth has to offer.


The main event for the day featured the City Challenge, an amazing race style scavenger hunt across the streets of the CBD. Students teamed up in groups of two to solve clues and take photos, all while gaining a better knowledge of local life in Perth.

Prizes were awarded for the best-dressed team as well as first, second and third place getters. Central student Atiqah Mohammed Rafie took out third place amongst tough competition as she and her partner blitzed the course.


The rest of the day featured food stalls with cuisine from around the world, close encounters with native Australian animals, community stalls from ANZ, West Coast Eagles and the WA police, music and a padded gladiator style, boxing ring. Students spent the day investigating the stalls and testing their strength and skill in the boxing ring to he entertainment of the crowd.

The day concluded with Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi honouring international student contribution and congratulating the winners of the City Challenge.