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, and
  • meet the challenges of the rapidly changing world of work.

A suite of new initiatives will ensure students:

  • have access to high-quality career education, and
  • make more informed 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 students being able to make confidently informed subject, course and career choices in later years of school and beyond.
  • Connect to work: Career education will enhance students’ quality engagement with the world of work. It will give them opportunities to see and experience different jobs. These explorations are vital to assist students in making informed career decisions.
  • Make career education a priority: Build the capacity of our career education system to support our government schools to deliver high-quality career education by training more than 400 careers practitioners across four years.

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 and roll out the new suite of initiatives as it becomes available.

Career education funding

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

My Career Exploration

We have developed teaching and learning resources to help year 7 and 8 students think about their interests, skills, values and aspirations and explore the world of the work through classroom activities and encounters with employers and industry.

Find out more about My Career Exploration.

My Career Insights

All year 9 students will be given access to:

  • Morrisby, an online career discovery tool
  • analysis of their Morrisby career assessment through one-on-one career counselling by an external accredited career practitioner.

Find out more about My Career Insights.

My Career Portfolio for year 7-12 students

An online resource that supports students to:

  • create and update an online career action plan
  • store files related their course and career planning
  • access links to current information and resources to support course and career exploration.

 Find out more about My Career Portfolio.

Industry exposure programs for vulnerable students

This initiative will offer vulnerable students in years 7 to 10 career education and planning support that is tailored to their circumstances, and supports meaningful work experience opportunities.

Upskilling career practitioners

Government secondary teachers can apply for funding to obtain a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development.

Funding of up to $6,550 is available from 2019 to 2022 for more than 400 teachers. The funding will cover all costs in most cases. Schools can also get two days of casual relief teaching to support involvement in course work.

We encourage all government secondary schools to help their staff to apply. See scholarships for more information about when and how to apply.

Career education across the Victorian curriculum

We are working with the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) to develop advice and resources as to how career education can be delivered across the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and years 11 and 12. This includes professional learning for staff.

Enhanced work readiness for students with a disability

This initiative includes:

  • strengthened career education resources for students with a disability. These resources reflect the contemporary world of work.
  • A Job Well Done has been redeveloped to help prepare students with disabilities for work experience, and includes eight new videos, a web-based interactive game and new teaching and learning resources.
  • new resources to support employers to provide meaningful and safe workplace learning opportunities for all students, including students with a disability, undertaking structured workplace learning, work experience, volunteering, and School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
  • professional learning for career practitioners and teachers in government secondary and special schools
  • seminars on career education for parents and carers of children with a disability.