Careers Development and Youth Transition

​​Purpose of this policy

To support schools to provide career development and transition programs and advice that assist young people to make decisions that enable them to make successful transitions to further education, training and employment and support their lifelong learning and career planning.


Schools must provide young people with career development programs and services that equip them with knowledge, skills and capabilities to become self-reliant career managers who are able to make the best possible educational, training and occupational choices and manage their life, learning and work in rapidly changing labour markets see: Careers and Transitions.

Programs and support sources

Programs and support services can include:

  • careers counselling advice through personal interviews and group discussions
  • careers information – printed and electronic resources
  • career education
  • telephone advice and online help.

Career development services are provided in a wide range of settings including schools and tertiary institutions, public employment services, private providers, enterprises and community settings.

The following outlines some career development and transition programs and other sources of support:

Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework

Provides a scaffold for teachers, trainers, career practitioners, team leaders, curriculum coordinators and school leaders to develop a localised and customised quality career development program for young people from Year 7 to Year 12 and in ACE and TAFE. It supports the work of teachers, trainers and careers practioners in the preparation of young people to make a successful transition into further education, training or employment see: Victorian Careers Curriculum Framework.

Managed Individual Pathways (MIPs)

Funding supports Victorian Government schools’ careers and transition programs, including ensuring that all students aged 15 years and over are provided with an individual Career Action Plan (MIPs/pathways plan) and associated support as a means to making a successful transition to further education, training or full-time employment. Schools are also funded to provide additional support to students at risk of disengaging or not making a successful transition to further education, training or secure employment. Further funding is provided under Wannik MIPs to government schools to provide careers and transition support to Koorie students enrolled in Years 8 and 9 see: MIPS.

Regional Career Development Officers (RCDOs)

Aim to enhance the capacity of careers practitioners in all schools and ACE and TAFE providers to implement effective career development programs to young people, to drive continuous improvement in the long-term, and to increase the engagement, retention and improved post-school outcomes for young people. One equivalent full-time RCDO is employed in each of the nine Department's regional offices see: Youth Transitions Contacts.

The Study Grants for Careers Practitioners initiative

Aims to increase the number of qualified Victorian careers practitioners assisting young people with their career development and pathway planning. Study grants are available for the Graduate Certificate in Career Development courses at Australian Catholic University, RMIT and Swinburne University see: Study Grants for Professional Development for Careers Practitioners.

The Careers Mentoring Network Initiative

Aims to improve lifelong learning and employment prospects of current students from three targeted groups: Koorie, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Low SES communities. This program will commence in 2011 and will be managed by the Office for Youth see: Youth Career and Transition Programs.

Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs)

Help improve education, training and employment outcomes for young people 10-19 years. They have a particular focus on assisting those at risk of making poor transitions from compulsory schooling to the next stage of their lives and careers. LLENs broker strategic, sustainable partnerships between education and training providers, business and industry, parents and families and community agencies that support improved education and transition outcomes for young people see: LLENS and Other Networks.

Workplace Learning Coordinators (WLCs)

Are available in each LLEN area to facilitate workplace based learning experiences for students. WLCs work with LLENs, secondary schools, TAFE and ACE providers and local employers to coordinate work placements for School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships, Structured Workplace Learning and Work Experience see: Workplace Learning Coordinators.

The Youth Connections program

Provides support for young people at risk to remain engaged in, or re-engage with education and/or further training see: Youth Career and Transition Programs.

Related policies

Department resources

For additional information on related programs see: