Well, it's February 2010 and Ambulance Tasmania has just recently hired its LAST batch of student paramedics (they were advertised in June 2009). See this post for the difference between a "student paramedic" and a "graduate paramedic".
From next year they will only be hiring qualified officers or graduate students (those who have already completed a degree). No more being hired without any qualifications and being trained on the job (whilst being paid) over 3 years. This will make becoming a paramedic in Tasmania as a mature aged person very difficult.
Anyway, seventeen (17) new students commenced in the middle of February and are completing an induction period in Hobart which includes basic BLS skills and their initial driver training amongst other things, then the 5 coming to my station start here on the 15th of March with a weeks induction to the region and then they will spend a week riding on the ambulances as thirds. Then it's out on the road with a mentor.
Til then, be safe.