Media Releases & Articles
myfuture – Australia’s career information and exploration service
myskills – online information about vocational education and training options
QILT – helps you compare official study experience and employment outcomes data from Australian higher education institutions. Create your own shortlist to compare different study areas and institutions.
Course Seeker – is a national course comparison tool which allows students to search over 7,000 undergraduate courses. Students can search, select and compare up to four higher education courses nationally.
Australian Job Search – Australia’s largest free online jobs website
Job Jump Start – Find new ways to explore careers and prepare for work by reading articles and using the tools provided. All the information on Job Jumpstart fits into three themes: Looking for a job; Building a career; and At work.
jobactive – Australian Government employment services system that supports job seekers and employers
Disability Employment Services – helps people with a disability find work and keep a job
Parents Talking Career Choices – an additional downloadable flyer to supplement the use of Job Guide
Job Outlook – a careers and labour market research information site to help you decide on your future career
Labour Market Information Portal – developed by the Department of Employment to provide up to date labour market data to assist people understand their local labour markets
Australian Apprenticeships – Australian Government information site for apprenticeships
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways – apprenticeships and traineeships information and resources
Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service – provides apprenticeships and traineeships information and resources for Australian Apprenticeships Centres, Registered Training Organisations, Group Training Organisations, jobactive providers and other service providers and stakeholders
National Apprentice Employment Network – the national association representing group training organisations, Australia’s largest employer network of apprentices and trainees
National Centre for Vocational Education Research – informing policy and practice in Australia’s training system
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority – ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) improves learning for young Australians through world-class school curriculum, assessment and reporting
Work Studies Years 9-10 Australian Curriculum – The Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10 will deliver a school-based subject that provides opportunities for students to undertake vocational learning and develop work-readiness skills in preparation for further study towards a skilled occupation or further education after leaving school
The International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy – The main purpose of this web site is to facilitate policy learning through the international exchange of knowledge and information concerning public policy and career development issues
Canadian Career Development Foundation – a non-profit organization that works to advance career development and the capacity of the profession to respond with compassion and skill to all clients and stakeholders in an ever-changing work environment
Asia Pacific Career Development Association – connects career development professionals who work in or are interested in the Asia Pacific region and provides a global forum for sharing career development ideas, research, and techniques that are effective in the Asia Pacific region
Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training – is a national policy research institute, established in 1997 with the mandate of supporting national human resources development policy and the Korean public’s lifelong skills development
Careers New Zealand – is a Crown entity established under the Education Act 1989, and governed by a board that reports to the Minister of Education
Career Development Association of New Zealand – operates as an advocate for its members’ practice standards and professionalism, as well as a national voice for access to well-considered, personally, socially, and economically rewarding career development across the lifespan for all people
OECD Career Guidance Policy Review – effective career information and guidance systems are a key to making lifelong learning a reality for all.
European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network – aims to assist the European Union (EU) Member States (and the neighbouring countries eligible for the EU Lifelong Learning Programme) and the European Commission in developing European co-operation on lifelong guidance in both the education and the employment sectors.
International Centre for Guidance Studies – is an applied research centre specialising in career development and employability
The National Careers Council UK – is chaired by Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, with 9 members and 3 associate leading experts from business, education and careers sectors
Position & Commissioned Papers
Goverment Policy & Review
National Career Development Research Project
A research project on career development in Australia was undertaken to inform the National Career Development Strategy. The research project comprised four separate elements.
1. Literature Review
A literature review of national and international research into career development, prepared by Miles Morgan Australia to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
2. Needs Analysis
Identifies and analyses the career development needs and wants of young people (5-24 years), their parents, teachers and communities.
3. Cost-Benefit Analysis
A cost-benefit analysis exploring the pros and cons of the options for the National Career Development Strategy. Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
4. Recommendations and Options
A rationale and options for a National Career Development Strategy provides recommendations for improving career development interventions and a range of options for the National Career Development Strategy. Prepared by Nous Group to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
Australian Blueprint for Career Development
6th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy
Career Guidance – A Handbook for Policy Makers OECD
CICA School Career Development Service Benchmarking Resource
This resource has been developed for principals and leadership teams of schools to help them get the best value and outcomes from their career development services. The resource describes the features of a contemporary school-based career development service and sets out progressive performance benchmarks that enable schools to review their service delivery.
Schools can use this resource repeatedly as a quality improvement tool, to stimulate thinking about the aims of their career development service, how to achieve these aims, and how to continue to meet the changing career development needs of students within a rapidly changing world of work.
Although this resource is intended to be used by schools, the main elements could be adapted and customised for use in other sectors
Australian Blueprint for Career Development
The Australian Blueprint for Career Development is a framework for designing, implementing and evaluating career development programs for young people and adults. At its core, the Blueprint identifies the skills, attitudes and knowledge that individuals need to make sound choices and to effectively manage their careers.
The Australian Blueprint for Career Development (“the Blueprint”) has the potential to change the way Australians think about career education, information and guidance programmes.
The Blueprint has multiple goals but its primary aim is to have users work with a national framework of career competencies to create comprehensive, effective and measurable career development programs which help Australians to better manage their lives, learning and work.
CICA Guiding Principles for Career Development Services and Career Information Products
These Guiding Principles for Career Development Services and Career Information Products were designed to provide all those who offer such career development services and career information products with a clear and simple set of criteria with which to assess and continuously improve the quality of their services or products. Their widespread use will also enable clients to make judgements about the quality of the services and products they receive.
Preparing Secondary Students for Work – December 2014
Preparing Secondary Students for Work sets out a framework for vocational learning and vocational education and training (VET) delivered to secondary students. It updates the New Framework for Vocational Education in Schools released in 2001 by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs. The 2001 framework was introduced at a time when the VET sector, including vocational education in schools,was expanding.
In 2014 the Education Council decided to update the framework to ensure that vocational learning and VET delivered to secondary students reflect modern schools and workplaces. Like the earlier framework, Preparing Secondary Students for Work is a policy document. It is likely to be of most value to people who set policies, design programs and implement vocational learning and VET, whether they are within schools, schooling systems, industry bodies, training package developers or VET regulators.
Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework
The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (the CSfW) describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work. Participation in work could be as an employee, as someone who is self-employed, or as a volunteer.
This set of non-technical skills, often referred to as generic or employability skills, contribute to work performance in combination with technical or discipline-specific skills and core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills
ELGPN Guidelines for Policies and Systems Development for Lifelong Guidance
The aim of these guidelines is to provide advice and reference points for lifelong guidance policies
and systems across the education, training, employment and social fields in order to improve the career
learning experience of EU citizens and strengthen the professionalism of career services and tools. The
Guidelines also aim to demonstrate how coherent guidance policies and systems contribute to achieving
education, employment, youth and social policy goals. The Guidelines can be used by policy-makers and
developers, social partners, civil society, career guidance services and professional leaders, guidance
practitioners, and trainers of guidance practitioners. This tool synthesises the policy development work
undertaken by the members of ELGPN in 2007–15.
UK Gatsby Benchmarks
Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. Good career guidance is a necessity for delivering technical education reforms and is a vehicle for social justice: those young people without social capital or home support suffer most from poor career guidance. Yet, despite its importance, career guidance in English schools has often been criticised for being inadequate and patchy.
Against this background, in 2013 Gatsby commissioned Sir John Holman – Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of York, senior education adviser and former headteacher – with setting out what career guidance in England would be like were it good by international standards.
After six international visits, analysis of good practice in English schools and a comprehensive review of current literature, John wrote The Good Career Guidance Report which identifies a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision. These benchmarks have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
Australian Frameworks and Resources
International Frameworks and Resources
Career Conversations – an online resource to assist you to talk to your child about what sort of career they’d like in the future. Talking to your child about their own interests and abilities can help them to realise their potential
Foundation for Young Australians – The New Work Reality Report
Foundation for Young Australians – The New Work Smarts Report
Mission Australia Youth Report 2017
Foundation for Young Australians – The New Work Mindset Report
Being Work Ready – A Guide to What Employers Want
Foundation for Young Australians – The New Basics Report
Social Ventures Australia – Fundamental Principles for Youth Employment
Youth employment in Australia: a comparative analysis of labour force participation by age group
Foundation for Young Australians – How Young People are Faring 2015
Foundation for Young Australians – Future of Work 2015
2019 CDAA Conference
Inspiring Excellence in Career Development: Integration
19-21 September 2019
Hyatt Hotel Canberra