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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 helps you create and review career development services for young people and adults.


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

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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)

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) 

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

International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance

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

CEDEFOP – The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training

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.