Career Services Policy Paper

Boosting Business with Career Services: Career Services Policy Paper

Career Services Policy Paper

Businesses highly value the role of career services in creating a high performing and efficient labour market. This Career Services Policy Paper puts forward policy recommendations that enable lifelong learning, place-based careers activities, and a system that prepares people to navigate their careers.

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Summary of Recommendations:

Key: (V) = Victorian (F) = Federal

01 Establish a Local Careers Development Fund to enable a place-based approach to careers development activities and current successful place-based careers development activities to be scaled up and replicated. Ensure employers and business groups can access this Fund.
02 Establish a central database and coordinating function for employers to access careers development activities.
03 Reduce and remove the regulatory burden around providing access to workplace experiences. (V)
04 Establish subsidies or tax incentives to employers who provide work experience and internships.
05 Develop a workforce strategy for career professionals to ensure sufficient experts are available to deliver wide-ranging career education and guidance to all Australian students.
06 Include careers in school curriculums from Year 7 by inserting one career education subject in the curriculum as a compulsory unit of work.
07 Ensure tertiary education providers offer career development activities in courses.
08 Ensure industry groups can access an established Local Careers Development Fund for their career development and industry information activities.
09 Establish easy-to-access information for employers about microcredentials – what they are, their role, how they are developed, and how they are funded.
10 Subsidise training and upskilling for line managers, particularly for training involving how to develop career navigation skills in employees.
11 Offer subsidies or tax incentives to employers who provide professional career services to their employees.
12 Establish federal leadership about career education and career services in schools. (F)
13 Enable place-based coordination, with Skills and Jobs Australia playing a key role, to increase efficiencies, reduce competition and duplication. (F)
14 Create a clear and coordinated Commonwealth-led strategy to lift the status and prestige of VET pathways and occupations in schools to provide clear messages and guidance on the qualities of VET. (F)
15 Ensure every student leaves school with a career action plan. (V)
16 Ensure a whole-of-school approach for careers education
17 Establish Careers Victoria within Jobs Victoria and reestablish careers counselling.
18 Increase the availability of information for parents on the My Future platform.
19 Australia has several programmes that target mid-career adults who face disruption or job transition, and these should be evaluated, and scaled up if evaluation results suggest they are successful. (F)
20 Ensure schools are equipped with a careers engagement strategy for parents.
21 Streamline employer access to government employment services and the pool of unemployed Australians through a more centralised contact point to increase employment opportunities and reduce confusion for employers. (F)
22 Ensure supports for unemployed Australians include career advice and guidance from qualified career counsellors with CICA endorsed professional standing, as well as working closer to provide work experience and knowledge about the workplace to increase successful employment placements. (F)
23 Cease job cycling of jobseeker placement in any job by underpinning the employment ecosystem with career development principles and interventions.
24 Ensure the Department of Education supports secondary schools to employ a ratio of minimum one career professional for every 450 enrolled students. (V)
25 Ensure the Department of Education provides school career practitioners additional support and resourcing, by funding a secondary school career development coordinator at each Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) throughout the state.
26 Establish a local industry satisfaction rating scale for Local Learning and Employment Networks about their engagement with employers.
27 Ensure the Department of Education publishes longitudinal data (on Track) that tracks school leavers’ satisfaction with career development services at their school and their perceived career management skills to provide a more meaningful measure of effectiveness.
28 Ensure that the Victorian Department of Education keeps Career Education Funding separate from schools’ global budgets and that the funding is utilised solely on career development services.2 (V)
29 Create an economy-wide dashboard to show the ROI on career services, based for instance at the Productivity Commission or the Victorian Economic Growth Commission, drawing from factors such as career benchmarking measures and evidence-based vocational tools that measure service effectiveness.


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