This policy outlines the requirements for schools in receipt of career education funding.
- Career education funding is provided to Victorian government secondary schools including specialist schools and English language schools, to provide career education activities to all students in Years 7 to 12.
- Schools in receipt of this funding must ensure students in Years 7 to 12 participate in a planned program of career education activities and have access to appropriate support services.
- Schools must complete a series of steps to support the career pathways of students leaving school without completing Year 12, including convening a formal exit interview with a career practitioner or other relevant staff member.
- For information on how career education funding is calculated, refer to of .
Career education funding supports Victorian government secondary schools, including specialist schools and English language schools, to provide career education activities to all students in Years 7 to 12.
Importance of career education
Career education is a core responsibility of secondary schools that supports students’ life-long learning and wellbeing.
Best practice career education helps students:
- understand their interests, strengths and aspirations
- learn about their education, training and employment options
- explore and experience occupations, workplaces and industries
- develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours to make confident and informed career decisions during and after school
- plan what they need to do to achieve their goals.
Key career education activities
All government secondary schools receive career education funding and are required to deliver a planned program of career education activities for students in Years 7 to 12, including 4 key activities.
1. Annual career action planning
Schools must support all students in Years 9 to 12 to develop an individual annual career action plan that is linked to any personalised learning and support plans (such as individual learning plans). Schools must provide a copy of the student's career action plan to their parents and carers along with their student reports.
2. My Career Insights
Schools must support all students to participate in , as appropriate to their needs. The program includes the Morrisby career diagnostic tool and an unpacking meeting with an independent career consultant. My Career Insights is available to Year 9 students, or for students at specialist schools and alternative settings, after age 15.
3. Work-based learning
Schools must provide all students with access to work-based learning activities appropriate to their needs, such as:
4. Career counselling
Schools must provide all students with career counselling before students choose their senior secondary subjects and further education and training courses.
Career counselling is an important service that supports students to make well-informed choices about their school learning and post-school pathway.
It is recommended that career counselling discussions are documented in the student’s career action plan.
Additional services and activities
All students must be provided access to targeted career education and support services appropriate to their needs, including:
Requirements for students leaving school before completing Year 12
If a student is leaving school before completing Year 12, schools must ensure that:
- a transition from school form has been completed if the student is of compulsory school age – refer to
- 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, the exit destinations of young people in Years 10 to 12 has been recorded in for transmission to the department following the February Census.
Schools are required to follow up with all students who leave school early (without completing Year 12) within 6 months of them leaving school. If they are not in education, training or employment, the school must refer them to an appropriate agency.
Reporting requirements for 2024 are yet to be determined. They will be communicated to schools as soon as information is available.
How career education funding is calculated
Reviewed 27 February 2024