9. Resources

This section provides further resources to strengthen your strategic planning process with the use of career development frameworks, best practice indicators, community engagement planning tools and research. These resources can help you to enhance your whole school approach to career development.

Career Development – frameworks, best practice indicators, planning tools
  • The Australian Blueprint of Career Development
    This report outlines the 11 competencies required to become self-reliant career managers. They are further delineated within a cycle of learning: acquire, apply, personalise, act; and developmental phases covering kindergarten, primary school, high school and adulthood. An assortment of tools is also available to facilitate the use of the blueprint in different contexts.
  • School Career Development Service: Benchmarking Resource
    The resource was developed by Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) for principals and leadership teams of schools to help them get the best value and outcomes from their career development services. The resource describes the features of a contemporary school-based career development service and sets out progressive performance benchmarks that enable schools to review their service delivery. Schools can use this resource repeatedly as a quality improvement too.
  • Career Development: Defining and Measuring Quality
    Produced by the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy University of Melbourne; the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) reported to the Audit Office of NSW; the report contains a description of best practice indicators and examines student access to advice and the quality and appropriateness of advice, information and materials provided.
  • The Fundamental principles for youth employment
    This report was produced by Social Ventures Australia and outlines principles in action and indicators that underpin successful programs and initiatives supporting young people into sustainable employment.
  • Careers resources for special needs students
    The Australian Government’s National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program works strategically to assist people with disability access and participate in tertiary education and subsequent employment, through a national network of regionally based NDCOs.
Parent and Community Engagement – Research, Frameworks and Case Studies
  • Telling their stories
    Detailed examples of successful parental engagement strategies are presented featuring 15 schools in low socio-economic status communities across Australia




1. Why a whole school approach?

2. Develop a shared understanding of career development within your school

3. How to  increase your school’s resourcing for career development

4. Review your school’s approach – school self-assessments

5. How to better engage with parents

6. How to better engage with your community

7. Case studies

8. Write your strategic plan

9. Resources


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