Australian Blueprint for Career Development

The Australian Blueprint for Career Development includes resources to help career advisers create and review career development services for young people and adults.

What is the Blueprint?


The Australian Blueprint for Career Development (the Blueprint) is a framework that can be used to design, implement, and evaluate intentional career development learning for people of all ages and stages, beginning in early childhood.

At its core, the Blueprint identifies the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that an individual needs to make sound choices and effectively manage their own career. In the Blueprint, these are referred to as career management competencies.

The Blueprint has a solid foundation in career development theory that underpins the Blueprint’s emphasis on individuals developing a good self-understanding to understand their preferences better and make sound decisions.

The Blueprint will be used primarily by professional career development practitioners with postgraduate qualifications in career development and specialists in their field.


Professional Learning

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Download the Blueprint


The Blueprint contains hyperlinks for ease of navigation.

Throughout the Blueprint, links to external websites appear as underlined, and links for navigation within the document appear in blue text.

Click here to access the Blueprint

Australian Blueprint for Career Development (PDF 2.89MB)


Blueprint Poster

The Australian Blueprint for Career Development Poster (PDF 580KB)


Professional Learning


The National Careers Institute has commissioned the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) to deliver a suite of professional learning sessions on the new version of the Blueprint.

These sessions are being held from February – April 2023 and will be for new users and experienced users of the Blueprint. There is no charge to attend a session, but registration is required.


Orientation to the Blueprint

These 30-minute online webinars will be run via ZOOM and are designed for new users of the Blueprint.

Sessions will be held in February. Dates to be published soon.


The Blueprint Masterclass

These in person workshops, are designed for career development practitioners with at least 12 months experience who are responsible for designing, implementing, or reviewing programs, services and products that facilitate the career development of individuals at all ages and stages.

There is no charge to attend a session, but registration is required.

2 March 2023
Rydges Southbank
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8 March 2023
Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection
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10 March 2023
Watersedge at Campbell’s Stores
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14 March 2023
Hilton Darwin
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22 March 2023
Adelaide Oval
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27 March 2023
RACV City Club
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29 March 2023
Hobart Function and Conference Centre
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5 April 2023
Beaumonde on the Point
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