Career education funding

​​From 2019, funding will be available for career education for all students in years 7 to 12 in Victorian government schools.

What has changed

Career education funding (CEF) will replace managed individual pathways (MIPs) funding. The way career education funding is allocated for students aged 15 years and over (years 10-12) in Victorian government schools has not changed.

From 2019, the funding will now also support schools to provide career education activities to younger students, starting from year 7. Additional funding will help schools to provide:

  • workshops for years 7 and 8 students in career self-exploration
  • a professional career planning service for year 9 students which includes a careers e-portfolio.

The funding will allow schools to continue to provide additional support to students at risk of disengaging or not making a successful transition to further education, training or secure employment.

Accountability requirements

All students in years 7 to 12 are required to participate in planned career education activities, including:

  • workshops for students in years 7 and 8 in career self-exploration
  • a professional career planning service for all year 9 students to support creation of their career action plans. This includes:
    • access to a career diagnostic tool
    • diagnostic assessment and one-on-one career counselling from external qualified and accredited career practitioners
    • access to a careers e-portfolio, an online platform that allows students to keep all of their career planning in one place, including their career action plans
  • all students in years 9 to 12 to have:
    • an individual annual career action plan which is linked to any personalised learning and support plans (such as individual learning plans)
    • a copy of their  career action plan given to their parents and carers with their student reports
    • careers counselling prior to choosing their senior secondary subject selection and further education and training courses
  • all students to have access to targeted support services appropriate to their needs, including:
    • student welfare coordinators
    • student support services
    • community-based agencies or programs including mentoring and workplace learning.

You are required to follow up with all students within six months of them leaving school. If they are not in education, training or employment you are required to refer them to an appropriate agency.

Reporting requirements

In the mid-year school supplementary census in August, your school must report on the number of students who:

  1. have a current career action plan
  2. exited the school in the previous year (January to December) without successfully completing year 12 (excluding students transferring to another school)
  3. were counselled about their options when leaving school through a formal exit interview
  4. were followed up within six months by their school to determine their destination
  5. were found not to be in education, training or full-time employment
  6. were referred to an appropriate local provider or agency for assistance with re-engaging in education, training or full-time employment.

Requirements for students leaving school before completing year 12

If a student is leaving school before completing year 12, you must ensure that:

  • a transition from school form has been completed if the student is of compulsory school age. Find out more about exemption from school attendance or enrolment
  • the student has had a formal exit interview with a career practitioner or other relevant staff member that includes:
    • counselling of options
    • referral to relevant education or training institutions
    • referral to appropriate transition support programs or agencies, and
    • provision of any relevant documentation to support the young person’s transitions.
  • at the time of exit, schools must record the exit destinations of young people in years 10 to 12 through CASES21 for transmission to us following the February Census.
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How CEF funds are calculated

Find out how career education funding is calculated


The funding will support schools to provide high quality career education that will help students:

  • understand their interests, strengths and aspirations
  • explore and experience how jobs and careers are changing in the rapidly changing world of work
  • learn about the education, training and employment options available to them
  • develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours to make confident and informed decisions now and for the rest of their lives.​

Find out more about how we are transforming career education