Media Releases & Articles
myfuture – Australia’s career information and exploration service
Your Career – The Your Career website is a platform of the National Careers Institute. It is designed to provide clear and simple careers information and to help people of all ages and circumstances better plan and manage their career
myskills – online information about vocational education and training options
National Careers Institute – The National Careers Institute (NCI) was established so that Australians have access to accurate and up to date career information and support regardless of their age and stage.
National Skills Commission – The National Skills Commission (NSC) is working to develop intelligence on Australia’s labour market, workforce changes and current and emerging skills needs. The NSC will drive long-term improvements across the skills system to bring together existing data and develop new capability in skills analysis, and improved data and advice on VET pricing and outcomes.
Job Outlook – a careers and labour market research information site to help you decide on your future career
Future Ready – Australia’s National Career Education Strategy and the resources that support the Strategy
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
Study Assist – Information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study
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
Labour Market Information Portal – developed by the Department of Employment to provide up to date labour market data to assist people to 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
Government Policy & Review
In the Same Sentence: Bringing higher and vocational education together. NSW Review Report
The NSW Government asked David Gonski AC and Peter Shergold AC to examine vocational education and training (VET) in NSW. They were asked to provide advice on how the state’s VET system could best address ongoing and emerging skills shortages, paying particular regard to its quality, efficiency and structural complexity. It was indicated that they should consider how to integrate secondary, vocational and higher education learning opportunities, how to re-imagine industry engagement and how to improve career advice to support lifelong learning. It was also suggested that they should seek to understand any negative public perceptions of VET.
Productivity Commission, National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development Review, Study Report
The Australian Government asked the Commission to review progress against the targets, outcomes and performance indicators in the NASWD and to assess whether it is still an effective long‑term framework for intergovernmental cooperation on VET policy. Intertwined with that assessment, the Commission has also been asked to consider options:
- to coordinate and streamline government support
- for national consistency in VET funding and pricing that maximise efficiency, transparency and the supply of trained workers
- to promote consistency in funding and loan arrangements between the VET and higher education sectors
- to ensure government investment in VET encourages increased participation in training that is commensurate with the benefits.
Looking to the Future – Report of the review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training
In recognition of the important role, senior secondary education plays in preparing students for the rapidly changing world beyond school, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools recommended establishing an independent inquiry into senior secondary schooling. The recommendation has been formalised in the national school reform agreement as a national policy initiative to review senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training (the Review).
The Review reported to Education Council as outlined in the National School Reform Agreement 2019-2023.
Future Ready: National Career Education Strategy
The National Career Education Strategy has been developed by the Australian Government to increase awareness and improve national consistency of career education.
The strategy reflects nationally agreed objectives for governments, schools and employers to support provision of high quality career education for all school students.
Victorian Government Inquiry into Career Advice in Victorian Schools
Secondary school is a time when students have to make important decisions about their future direction. They need the skills, knowledge and confidence to choose between further education, training or employment and the capacity to modify their direction as needed throughout their professional life. This Inquiry considered how well Victorian schools are preparing students to navigate the world of work and where they could improve.
Unique Individuals, Broad Skills – Inquiry into school to work transition
On Wednesday 31 May 2017, the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, referred to the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training (the Committee) an inquiry into how students are supported from school to work.
Career and Skills Pathways – Research into a whole-of-system approach to enhancing lifelong career support mechanisms for all Australians
PwC were engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training to research and investigate a whole-of-system, lifelong career support model for all Australians throughout their post-schooling life.
This report provides a summary of the current career support system, an understanding of the high level users and their requirements, and an informed set of recommendations for how to enhance careers support in Australia.
This work aligns with vocational education reform initiatives, including the recently announced Skilling Australians Fund and Industry Specialist Mentoring program, as well as the National Career Development Strategy.
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.