Resources to assist in developing career programs and providing career guidance for young people and adults.



In the modern Australian economy, on average, most workers will have five to seven career moves in a lifetime if they aspire to update or advance their skills and qualifications, or switch careers. To ensure people have the tools and support to manage their own career, quality career guidance has never been more important or valuable.

The following resources and frameworks help to provide valuable guidance, advice and support to help young people and adults make informed career decisions.

Guidance for career program development

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Preparing Secondary Students for Work

How vocational learning in schools prepares secondary students for work.

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Australian Blueprint for Career Development

The Australian Blueprint for Career Development is a framework that can be used to design, implement and evaluate career development programs for young people and adults.

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Little Ripples

A small moment today can change a student's life.



Use the following resources to add to either your career development program or for services for young people or adults. 

Infographics: Quick tips for your job hunt


Job hunting?

Download simple and easy advice and job market information based on the Australian Jobs 2021 report. Find out what employers are looking for, tips to nail your application, and how to prepare for the future.


Get to know the job market in your state or territory in 2021

Your local job market at a glance: the largest industries, top three jobs and most commonly advertised jobs.


At a glance: Australian jobs 2021

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The latest snapshot of the jobs market across the country including largest employing industries, based on the Australian Jobs report 2021.




Ten principles to help students improve their career decision making

Ten general principles to help students make important career decisions

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When to assist students with career planning and decision making

How to develop thinking skills in children so they can make good career decisions

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Why developing brain pathways help students make better career pathway choices

How executive functions give students the tools to take control of their career and learning pathways


Career industry bodies


Access a wide range of resources to support you as a career practitioner. 


Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) (External website, Opens in new window)

Is the national peak body for the career industry in Australia. It represents national, state and territory career practitioner organisations and provides professional standards for Australian career development practitioners.



International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) (External website, Opens in new window)

Shares information on how to develop policies and systems to improve career development services.


International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (External website, Opens in new window)

Offers advice on providing educational and vocational guidance that is ethical and inclusive.


CEDEFOP – The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training(External website, Opens in new window)

Is one of the European Union’s (EU) agencies for vocational education and training (VET). It supports EU member states, social partners, education and training researchers, practitioners and providers to promote and develop VET.