Department program

Transforming career education

Career education in government schools is being transformed to ensure students:

  • have the skills and capabilities to navigate multiple careers
  • meet the challenges of the changing world of work.

A suite of new initiatives will ensure students:

  • have access to high-quality career education
  • make improved career and pathway decisions to prepare them for life beyond school.

Focus areas

These new initiatives will focus on three key areas of reform:

  • Start early: Career education will be comprehensive. A decision-making process will start in year 7 and result in confident, informed choices in later years and beyond.
  • Connect to work: Career education will enhance students’ engagement with the world of work. It will give them more opportunities to experience different jobs. These explorations that are vital to confident, informed career decisions.
  • Make career education a priority: Build the capacity of our career education system. Train more careers practitioners in government secondary schools.

The plan

To read the plan in full, see:

To read the key findings of the review, see:

Initiatives for schools

We will give schools more information on how to run the new suite of initiatives as it becomes available.

Career education funding

Available from 2019. Managed individual pathways has been refocused as career education funding (CEF). The funding will help secondary schools implement a broader range of career education activities for all students from year 7. This will ensure all students in years 10 to 12 continue to receive course and career counselling. In these years they will also build detailed career action plans.

Career self-exploration workshops for years 7 and 8

Available from 2019. These workshops will help students think about their interests, skills, values and aspirations in the world of the work. The workshops include classroom activities and encounters with employers and industry. All Victorian government secondary schools will run the workshops for students in years 7 and 8.

Professional career planning service for year 9 students

Available from 2019. All year 9 students will be given:

  • a career diagnostic tool
  • analysis of their diagnostic assessment by an external accredited career practitioner
  • follow-up one-on-one career counselling.

Careers e-portfolio for year 9 students

Available from 2019. This is an online platform to support students to:

  • capture their career goals and plans
  • share their skills, experiences and accomplishments
  • keep all the information they need to complete their career action plans.

Industry exposure programs for vulnerable students

Available from 2019. This initiative will help give vulnerable students in years 7 to 10 exposure to real workplaces. They can use this experience to make confident career planning and decisions.

Upskilling career practitioners

Government secondary teachers can apply for funding to help obtain a Graduate Certificate in Career Education or development. Funding of up to $6550 will be available across 2019 to 2022 for more than 400 teachers. Schools can also get two days of casual relief teaching to cover the training time.

Applications are now open for the 2019 intake. We encourage all government secondary schools to help their staff to apply. See scholarships for more information and to apply.

Career education across the Victorian curriculum

Available from 2019. We will be giving schools more teaching resources to take a whole school approach to career education. This includes professional learning for staff.

Career action plans sent home to parents and carers with student reports

Available from 2019. We encourage schools to send career action plans to parents and carers of students in years 9 to 12.

Enhanced work readiness project

This initiative includes:

  • new strengthened career education for students with a disability. These resources reflect the contemporary world of work.
  • A Job Well Done is being redeveloped to include eight new videos, a web-based interactive game, and new teaching resources. Available from November 2018
  • new employer resources will help structured workplace learning, work experience, volunteering, and apprenticeships and traineeships for school students with disability. Available from 2019
  • professional learning for career practitioners and teachers in Victorian government secondary and special schools. The professional learning will be through face to face briefings and webinars. Available from November 2018
  • parents and carers will have the opportunity to access seminars on career education. Available from November 2018