The Australian Blueprint for Career Development is the product of an international partnership between a coalition of agencies including the National Life/Work Centre (NLWC), the Canadian Career Information Partnership (CCIP), Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), the National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NOICC) in the United States and the Australian Ministerial Council for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (now The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC)).
Through their willingness to extend this international partnership to include Australia, 15 years’ work in Canada and the USA was built upon in the initial development of the Australian prototype career development framework.
SCSEEC would like to thank Miles Morgan, the organisation commissioned to develop, trial and refine the Australian Blueprint for Career Development, for their contribution to this initiative over the past six years.
Thanks are also extended to career development associations, career development practitioners, leading academics, commonwealth, state and territory agency personnel and others who participated in the project and willingly offered their ideas and rallied their networks to support the development and early use of the prototype version of the Blueprint.
The Australian Government Department of Education has managed all stages of the Blueprint’s evolution over the last six years. They have been ably assisted in this task through several advisory committees, whose members have been drawn from a wide range of public and private sector organisations in all states and territories.
Particular thanks go to all individuals and organisations that participated in the trial and to those who developed resources that are shared through this site. Individuals are too numerous to name, but we acknowledge the contribution of staff from the many organisations and communities that participated in the trial. These include:
Communities of Practice
The Far North Queensland Indigenous Schooling Support Unit (FNQ ISSU) Community of Practice (CoP) comprised a partnership of four state schools from the Torres Strait and Cape district:
- Cooktown State High School
- Western Cape College (Weipa)
- Northern Peninsula Area College (Bamaga), and
- Thursday Island State High School.
This project also involved partnerships with many government and community-based organisations and sought to provide career development learning opportunities for young people in the region.
The Northern Corridor CoP in the Brisbane North region worked towards enhancing the current practices, and improving delivery and developing service consistency within and across sectors. Organisations that participated in this CoP included:
- Queensland University Technology
- Education Queensland schools
- Non-government schools
- Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, and
- Queensland Rail
The Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA) CoP involved partnerships with:
- Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS)
- University of South Australia, School of Education, final year pre-service teachers
- Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST)
- City and regional campuses of TAFE SA, and
- The Director of Studies and Programs - Flinders University the “Action Research Facilitator”
The work of this group included an initial audit of the extent to which their intersecting agency programs facilitated, or had the potential to facilitate, the development of career management competencies.
The Limestone Coast Regional Development Board CoP reference group planned to develop their own career management skills and then transfer that knowledge to others within their organisations, provide feedback to the newly established Career Development Centre in the region and determine implications for future practice. Participating organisations included:
- City of Mount Gambier
- Futures Connect
- Career Development Centre
- Pegler Personnel
- Regional Training Organisation
- Group Training Employment
- Lutheran Community Care
The Inner Melbourne VET Cluster Inc (IMVC) / Career Education Association of Victoria (CEAV) CoP included:
- Port Phillip Specialist School
- Siena College
- Camberwell Grammar
- Hillcrest Secondary College
- Erinbank Secondary College
- Broadmeadows Secondary College
This CoP reviewed and assessed the Blueprint appendices in a range of school environments.
The Morrison House Alliance CoP worked together to deveop a culture of career development across and between their organisations, located in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Participating organisations included:
- Coonara Community House
- Glen Park Community Centre
- Eastern Access Community Health Abound program
- Eastern Access Community Health CAMHA program (Community Access Mental Health
- Eastern Access Community Health Groundwork
Organisations & Networks
Individual organisations that participated in the trial included:
- Stellday Career Services: a private consulting company that provides career counselling and coaching and executive coaching services to individuals and organisations.
- Career Keys: located in a High School, this organisation delivers career and transition services to students transitioning from school to work.
- Worklinks: a community-based organisation that provides a range of services, such as employment and employment-skills development; recognised training courses; enterprise development; structured workplace learning; and career and transition services.
- Barossa Lower North Futures (BLNF): a Local Community Partnership (LCP), which forms part of the Career Advice Australia (CAA) network.
- Bedford: provides supported employment to people with disability and offers training and employment services.
- Career Kaleidoscope Pty Ltd: delivers career develpment software for schools and individuals and provides career development counselling and coaching for individuals.
- South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network (SGBCLLEN): the LLEN’s primary ojective is to ensure all young people in the region make a smooth transition from school to further education, training and/or employment.
- Skills Plus Inc: is a registered training organisation that delivers , amongst other courses, the Adult Migrant English Program to a range of Culturally and Linguiitcally Diverse (CALD)Learners.
- Extra Edge Services: a community-based organisation agency offering career services to people of all ages, as part of a Western Australian Government initiative.
- Henry Kendall High School and Wyong High School
- Oxley High School
- Kirwan State High School
- Mountain Creek State High School
- Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
- St John Fisher College
- St Mary’s College
- Belmont High School
- Mazenod College
- Mindarie Senior College
- University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Previous Users of the Blueprint
- Employment Choice
- Queensland Rail
- Victoria University
- Murdoch College
- WestOne Services