Kids Help Line:
1800 55 1800
Anytime, any Reason
24/7 phone line for kids, teens, young adults, parents and schools
The Kid’s Help Line website has lots of excellent information for teenagers and young adults on a wide range of topics in the categories of: Mental Health, Physical Health and Identity, Relationships and Sex, Life Issues, Family, Friends, School Work, and eSafety.
Online Resource eBook – The ultimate guide for students and teachers on career exploration, work-related skills, regional skill shortages and future growth industries. The information also relates to VCAL and Industry and Enterprise curriculum.
Explore online resources by topic:
Health - Wellbeing - Support
Health and Well-being
Headspace – online & telephone support
Beyond Blue – Youth Specific Support (anxiety & depression)
Reach Out – online Mental Health Support
Youth Support & Advocacy – Alcohol and Other Drugs Resource
YoDAA – Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice Service
If you cease to be a dependent child and are not receiving Centrelink benefits, you may no longer be covered by your parents’ Ambulance cover. Check your eligibility:
Staying Safe on Online
Potential employers may be able to view your social media accounts – be careful what you post and monitor your security settings
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
The Foundation for Young Australians
9 questions everyone asks about VET
Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is an individual education number for life. It gives students an online record of VET training undertaken in Australia. All students require a USI number to enrol in a VET course.
Apply for a USI number online
School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)
SWL Statewide Portal
Search for SBATs in Victoria via the SWL Portal.
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways:
Visit the AAP Website for all you need to know about School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
Download Steps to An Australian School-Based Apprenticeship.
Australians Apprenticeships (Australian Government Site)
Information on Australian School-Based Apprenticeships and links to helpful resources.
Read the Australian School-Based Apprenticeship Fact Sheet
Structured Workplace Learning
Work experience and why it matters – an informative article from the myfuture website with helpful tips for preparing for work experience.
Find information about Work Experience from the Department of Education and Training website
School Community Work - Volunteering
What Should I do with My Life?
Inspirational speaker, Josh Shipp, gives an entertaining perspective on a serious topic in this Youtube clip (9 min)
The gold-star website for careers information specifically tailored for young people making the transition to employment.
Provides a huge range of information on careers, training and study, applying for jobs and interesting and informative blogs of many life skills for young people entering the world of work and independent living.
My Big Tomorrow – A great website for students to investigate careers that match their skills and interests.
Career Bullseyes – Explore career pathways by selecting areas and subjects you enjoy.
Job Pathways Charts – An extensive list of Certificate Courses, grouped in career categories with associated career pathways from the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways website.
headspace work and study
headspace Work and Study Programs support 15-25-year-olds to plan a career, find employment or work towards further education in a highly accessible, confidential and youth-friendly environment.
If you are facing challenges in finding or maintaining work, the Career Mentoring Service can connect you with an industry (work) mentor.
Foundation for Young Australians
A series of video clips “How I Got the Job” – a range of topics on careers and choosing a pathway to employment.
An Australian Government website with excellent information on looking for a job, applying for a job, building a career, starting a job and much more…
Job Outlook – Australian Government site – A great place to start searching for career information.
Good for all careers related research
The Good Careers Guide
Information about 400 jobs and lots more.
Video-based careers information and a quiz
Link your interests to available courses
Youth Central – Career Profiles
Hundreds of videos about getting a trade or skill
Thousands of job advertisements as well as career advice and course information.
Gap Year information
This site is for parents to find out about the benefits of a Gap Year but has great advice for students as well.
- Take a break from study
- Earn some money
- Consider your future
- Deferring study:
- How long can you defer
- Will deferring affect scholarships and bursaries?
- Do all Tertiary institutions allow deferrals?
- Financial considerations:
- Students from regional or remote areas who earn a designated amount of money during a gap year are able to qualify as independent and receive Youth Allowance during their studies. Deferring and working is the only way that many students can qualify for Youth Allowance to support them through their years of study. See the Centrelink website for more information on how you can qualify as independent.
Find more options on how to spend a gap year here:
- Volunteering organisations
Victorian Skills Gateway—a State Government site with extensive information about:
- Apprenticeships and traineeships
- Choosing a training provider
- Jobs and Careers
- Fees, funding and financial support
- Funding eligibility
- TAFEs and other public providers
Young people making the transition from year 12. Search for information on:
- Education providers
- Gap year programs
Australia’s directory of training
Includes a helpful section on starting a career
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
Everything you need to know about applying to study in Victoria
Information about apprenticeships.
Finding a Job
Job Seeker Secrets: A series of five short, engaging video clips with tips on applying for a job (from Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN). See Job Seeker Secrets on this page.
It’s a WRAP (Work Readiness Assistance Program): Five Mock Position Descriptions for students to practise applying for a job. See It’s a WRAP Resources from Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN
How to write a resume
A comprehensive guide on how to put together a resume. Learn how to use social media to find a job role, network, and gain and succeed in an interview.
A simple guide to addressing selection criteria in your job application
Great information of finding jobs, applying for jobs, writing a resume, preparing for interviews, volunteering and work experience
The Seek website has a wide range of topics relating to career advice along with free templates for resumes and cover letters. You can also search for jobs. (Thousands of jobs Australia-wide)
Searching for a Job
A comprehensive list of over 30 job-search websites: general and industry-specific jobs and apprenticeships
Australian Government job search website
5 things you can do if you are a young person who has lost your job
Tips on finding a job from a young person who lost his job during COVID-19.
Helpful information if you are leaving school from the Department Of Human Services website on:
- Payments for students and trainees
- Financial and health support for young people
- Looking for Work
- Work Experience
- Deciding what’s next
Centrelink Youth Allowance:
Youtube clip explaining Youth Allowance eligibility. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zpLQ8z_U20
Detailed information about eligibility and applying for Youth Allowance
Like ‘Student Update’ on Facebook and get all the important information and reminders relating to Centrelink
Applying for a Health Care Card
Students who qualify as ‘independent’ may be eligible for a Commonwealth Government Health Care Card which may reduce the cost of some study courses and provide a range of financial concessions.
Find your nearest Centrelink or Department of Human Services office here: