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

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

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

National Careers Service in England

Northern Ireland Careers Service

Skills Development Scotland

Careers Wales


Government Policy & Review

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.

Future Ready – a student focused National Career Education Strategy

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.

Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools Report

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.

Unique Individuals, Broad Skills Inquiry into School to Work Transition – May 2018

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.

PwC Career and Skills Pathways Project – June 2017

National Career Development Research Project

National Career Development Strategy 2013

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.

NCDS Element 1 Miles Morgan

2. Needs Analysis

Identifies and analyses the career development needs and wants of young people (5-24 years), their parents, teachers and communities.

NCDS Element 2 Qualitative Research

NCDS Element 2 Quantitative Research

NCDS Element 2 Synthesis Report

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.

NCDS Deloitte Access Cost Benefit Analysis

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.

NCDS Rationale & Options Nous Group

Job Guide

Job Guide Review Final Report 2013

Australian Blueprint for Career Development

ABCD Review Report Nov 2012

6th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy

Report 6th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy

Career Guidance – A Handbook for Policy Makers OECD

Career Guidance – A Handbook for Policy Makers

OECD Australia Country Note – 2002

OECD Australia Country Note 2002



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

CICA School Career Benchmarking Resource

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.

Australian Blueprint for Career Development

Australian Blueprint Poster

Managing Life Learning and Work in the 21 Century – Issues Informing the Design of an Australian Blueprint

ABCD Review Report Nov 2012

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.

Guiding Principles for Career Development Services Information 2007

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.

Preparing Secondary Students for Work

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

Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework 2013

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.

ELGPN Guidelines for Policies and Systems Development

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

The Good Career Guidance Report

Reaching the Gatsby Benchmarks

Understanding the Role of the Careers Leader



The Early Years Career Development for Young Children Parents Guide – October 2017

Beyond School Study Guide

Womens Work | Mens Work – Career Profiles

Parents Talking Career Choices 2014

Parents as Career Transition Support (PACTS)

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

Parents as Partners March 2014



Foundation for Young Australians – The New Work Reality Report

FYA – The New Work Reality – June 2018

Foundation for Young Australians – The New Work Smarts Report

FYA – The New Work Smarts – July 2017

Mission Australia Youth Report 2017

Mission Australia Youth Survey Report 2017

Foundation for Young Australians – The New Work Mindset Report

The New Work Mindset – FYA November 2016

Being Work Ready – A Guide to What Employers Want

Being Work Ready Guide – BCA June 2016

Foundation for Young Australians – The New Basics Report

The New Basics – FYA April 2016

Social Ventures Australia – Fundamental Principles for Youth Employment

Fundamental Principles for Youth Employment Report February 2016

Youth employment in Australia: a comparative analysis of labour force participation by age group

Journal of Applied Youth Sciences V1 N2 2016

Foundation for Young Australians – How Young People are Faring 2015

How Young People Are Faring Report Card – FYA November 2015

Foundation for Young Australians – Future of Work 2015

FYA – Future of Work Report






Future Ready Research on incorporating career education in the Australian Curriculum – Ithaca Group – January 2019

Employability in a Global Context – July 2018

Youth Action – Career Guidance: The Missing Link in School to Work Transitions – July 2017

Y13 – After the ATAR – Understanding How Gen Z Transition Into Further Education & Employment – July 2017

What’s Happening in Our Schools? Insights into our School-Based Career Practitioners – June 2017

Skilling Australia and McCrindle – Perceptions are not Reality – May 2017

CICA Infographic – Equipping the Next Generation – Insights into our School-Based Career Practitioners – May 2017

Career Guidance, School Experiences and the University Participation of Young People from Equity Groups – February 2017

Schools and Career Guidance Key to Widening University Participation – February 2017

Everybody’s Core Business – Research into the non-technical capabilities needed for successful participation in work or further study – August 2016

Everybody’s Core Business Supplementary Report – Supplementary Report: Findings from the literature – August 2016

CICA Infographic – The Role of Career Practitioners in Our Schools – April 2015

CICA Infographic – A Snapshot of Career Practitioners in Australia – March 2015

CICA VET Career Development Services: the way forward – June 2012

CICA Engaging Parents in the Career Development of Young People – March 2012

OECD Review of Career Guidance Policies – Australia Country Note May 2002

OECD Australian Review of Career Guidance Policies – January 2002

Koder Report – Careers Advisory Services in Higher Education Institutions – December 1990


Education and Employers – Insights and Inspiration Guest Speakers in Schools – October 2019

OECD – Envisioning the future of education and jobs – January 2019

Education and Employers, Teach First, AKO Foundation – The role of primary teachers and schools in preparing children for the future – January 2019

Careers & Enterprise Company, Education and Employers Research – What works? Career Related Learning in Primary School – December 2018.

OECD – Working it Out: Career Guidance and Employer Engagement – July 2018

Education and Employers – Introducing Primary Children to the World of Work – July 2018

Education and Employers UK – Drawing The Future – January 2018

Education and Employers Research UK – How to make the most of mock interviews and CV workshops – July 2017

Education and Employers Research UK – How to make the most of careers events with employers – July 2017

Careers & Enterprise Company – Careers events. What works? – 2017

Careers & Enterprise Company – The evidence base for careers websites – 2017

UK Department for Education – Funding and Expenditure in Post-16 Education – July 2017

OECD / ILO – Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship – July 2017

ICCDPP International Symposium Communique – June 2017

ICCDPP – Understanding how work opportunites are changing – 2017

ICCDPP – Ensuring that content and delivery of career development programs and services are relevant – 2017

ICCDPP – Improving career practitioner training and practice – 2017

ICCDPP – Reforming career services in education and labour to focus on career competencies and successful transitions – 2017

Addressing the Catch 22: RBC Career Launch Applicants Recommendations for Improving School-to-Work Transitions – 2017

Principles of Career and Career Development Infographic Canada – November 2016

Changing Places- Mid-career review and mobility – Eurofound 2016

Improving the school-to-work transitions of youth in Canada: a scoping review – 2016

Maximising the impact of careers services on career management skills- a review of the literature – August 2016

Careers education- International literature review – July 2016

World Class Apprenticeship Standards: Report & Recommendations June 2016

iGeGS – Understanding Career Management Skills – February 2016

ICCDPP Engaging Employers – 2015

ICCDPP Why ROI Matters – 2015

ICCDPP The Role of Emerging Technologies – 2015

ICCDPP – Integrated Policies Creating Systems that Work – 2015

Mapping Careers Provision in Schools and Colleges in England – July 2015

Careers England Research Paper -The Economic Benefits of Career Guidance – July 2015

The Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training – Future in Focus Framework – June 2015

Careers in the Classroom Report – Teach First UK March 2015

Teachers and Careers – The role of school teachers in delivering career and employability learning – The University of Derby 2015

The Evidence Base on Lifelong Guidance – 2014

A Nordic Perspective on Career Competences and Guidance – 2014

Gatsby Foundation – Good Career Guidance in the UK April 2014

PwC Gatsby Assessing benchmarks of good practice in school career guidance

Career Education in Korea – June 2013

Career Management Skills Framework for Scotland – 2013

McKinsey & Company Education to Employment – Designing a System that Works – January 2013

Guidance In Education Denmark 2012

Lifelong Guidance in Finland – November 2012

Career counselling in Secondary Education – A comparative between Greece and France 2012

European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network – Youth Unemployment: A Crisis in Our Midst – The role of lifelong guidance policies in addressing labour supply and demand – 2012

OECD Learning for Jobs – The Relationship of Career Guidance to VET – A G Watts – September 2009

OECD – Career Guidance and Public Policy – 2004

OECD – Career Guidance – A Handbook for Policy Makers – 2004




2019 CDAA Conference

Inspiring Excellence in Career Development: Integration

19-21 September 2019

Hyatt Hotel Canberra

2019 NAGCAS Conference

Careers Future, Future Careers

27-29 November 2019

The conference will provide opportunities to:

  • hear from and interact with, international, national and local experts;
  • attend interactive presentations from practitioners and researchers;
  • participate in professional competitions;
  • experience a variety of networking and social opportunities and functions; and
  • take time to reflect, re-energise and discuss with like-minded colleagues