The National Career Development Strategy provides a framework to align the efforts of all stakeholders in career development, with the aim of ensuring that “all Australians have the skills, knowledge and capabilities to manage their careers throughout life to support their individual wellbeing and participation in the workforce and contribute to Australia’s productivity”. The strategy sets out high level goals and guiding principles, and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Australian Government, state/territory governments, schools, business and industry, and the career development sector.
National Career Development Strategy Research Project
A research project on career development in Australia was undertaken to inform the National Career Development Strategy. The research project comprised four separate elements.
- Literature Review
A literature review of national and international research into career development, prepared by Miles Morgan Australia to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
- Needs Analysis (2011)
Identifies and analyses the career development needs and wants of young people (5-24 years), their parents, teachers and communities. Comprises a Qualitative Report, a Quantitative Report and a Synthesis Report.Conducted by Urbis to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
- Cost-Benefit Analysis (2011)
A Cost-Benefit Analysis exploring the pros and cons of the options for the National Career Development Strategy. Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
- Recommendations and options
A rationale and options for a National Career Development Strategy (2011) provides recommendations for improving career development interventions and a range of options for the National Career Development Strategy. Prepared by Nous Group to inform the National Career Development Strategy.
Research, Reviews and Reports
- The 2011 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy Symposium Report was produced by the Australian Country Team that attended the 2011 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy.
- The Cognitive Neuroscience: Implications for career development strategies and intervention provides an analysis of the brain development of young people aged 5-24 years, focusing on decision making processes pertaining to career development. Produced by Professor Martin Westwell of Flinders University.
- The Review of the Australian Blueprint for Career Development (2012) report can be found on the Blueprint website.
- The Career Guidance: A Handbook for Policy Makers (2004) was developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2004. The Australian Government participated in the review of national career guidance policies conducted by the OECD and the European Commission during 2001-2003 to inform the handbook.