Useful links for school leavers

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this resource is correct at the time of publication. This resource contains links to third party sites. The NSW Department of Education is not responsible for the condition or the content of these sites.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support

Australian Government programs and services for Indigenous people.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Lists the Australian Apprenticeships Centre in your region. These Centres can assist students with financial assistance for apprentices, School-Based Apprenticeships, and eligibility criteria for Living Away from Home Allowance and Trade Support Loans.

Illustrations of Australian Apprenticeship training package pathway charts.

Group Training Companies provide apprenticeship employment opportunities. Some GTCs focus on servicing the needs of a specific industry.

Your One-Stop Shop for all apprenticeship, traineeship and vocational training needs. NSW State Training Services Centre provides information, funding and assistance for businesses, individuals and training organisations to meet their vocational training goals.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship courses at TAFE.

This is a video platform with over 1500 short video stories about getting a trade or skill.

Australian Qualifications Framework

The AQF incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single national qualifications framework.

Career research and job finding

The Government’s Youth Employment Strategy to help young disengaged Australians to overcome the challenges to participating in work and study.

Youth Employment Strategy

Explore career options and occupation profiles; plan career pathways; manage work transitions and gain job - seeking tips.

In-depth look at a range of occupations and growth areas; and education and training pathways. Useful information on how to work out what occupations are best suited to your interest and abilities. Tips and advice on finding work and useful addresses terms and links.

Information about employment projections, labour force data by region, remote jobs and communities programs, disability employment services, vacancy reports and recruitment analysis.

Job Outlook includes information on workforce and occupational characteristics, including expected employment growth, average weekly earnings, the skills needed to perform work tasks and typical work activities.

Job Services Australia is the government’s employment and recruitment organisation to help students find and keep a job.

One portal for all government information and services

This report provides information to help you to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the Australian labour market. It profiles industries and occupations, as well as national, state/territory and regional labour markets.

Australian Jobs Publication

Generation Success is an industry-driven initiative, led by Woolworths and News Corp. The aim is to increase awareness of youth unemployment issues across the country, encourage employers to consider the employment of young people and support young people already in the workplace.

Portal for NSW young people.

Take their free career quiz and find out what jobs will suit you, research your career options and use their career builder.

Career Harvest is an online hub for prospective students to discover rewarding careers in the food and fibre industry.

This is a resource for student and job seekers, new entrants to the industry, parents and educators, counsellors and employers. It features career descriptions, interactive displays, education and training options to highlight careers pathways in rural and related areas.

Profiles young people from both rural and city backgrounds making their future in agriculture.

Whether working in mining, law, business, finance, education or medicine – now is the time to take up a Digital Career in Australia.

Information on technical careers for school leavers.

Latest news, jobs, scholarships and upcoming events in ICT.

Australian Defence Force jobs and training.

Seek advice and explore a career in the NSW disability and community care sector. Resources, True Stories, a fun Careers Quiz and job search.

Includes online videos about Australians working in jobs they are passionate about.

Latest national information about business, energy, industry, the resources sector, science and skills in Australia.

Providing career options in the construction and property services industries.

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Apply Direct is an Australian-based online jobs portal which lists hundreds of relevant positions direct from employers nationwide, including small to large Australian employers across the public, private, non-profit and volunteer sectors.

The online gateway of the National Tourism Alliance for anyone interested in the Tourism & Hospitality industry. Join the conversation and post a question for the website’s online career advisors and develop your career today

Course Finding

Use The Good Universities Guide to find courses at Australia's top universities, TAFEs and training colleges.

Browse TAFE, Uni and IT courses. Diploma, Certificate, short and on-line courses.

Commercial job websites

Costs & charges may be associated with these services

Find job advertisements, resumes, cover letters, interview tips, courses, job-hunting strategies and jobs within certain industries.

Find job advertisements, job advice and research and the best paying industry sectors.

Find job advertisements, resumes, courses and training, and job seeking advice.

Find job advertisements, resumes, courses, salaries, advice and tips.

Disability information and support

JobAccess helps people with a disability, employers, service providers and the community to access information about services, financial assistance and workplace solutions.

ADCET supports disability practitioners, teachers and learning support staff in their work with people with disability or medical conditions in post-secondary education, training and employment.

International students

TAFE NSW site for international students interested in studying in NSW government schools to achieve their study and career goals.

University Admissions Centre site for international students addresses eligibility criteria, selection processes, international course search, admission requirements and application procedures.

This official Australian government site for overseas students, includes steps in planning and applying to study in Australia.

Job placement and training services

Find out if you are eligible for social and health-related payments and services, and register to be eligible for various government programs.

Links job seekers with harvest jobs Australia-wide.


NSW Department of Education

This department offers public education and training services at school, TAFE, VET and higher education options.

Resources for students, teachers, parents/carers and the community to help with young people's career decision-making.

Private Education and Training Providers

Australian Council for Private Education and Training represents independent training providers of higher education.


Equity Scholarships to assist financially disadvantaged students with higher education costs.

Find a range of available scholarships.

Start a business

Helpful information on forms, services etc to help you to conduct and manage a business.

Find information and interactive tools you need to start, run and grow your business.


Technical and Further Education TAFE NSW - Courses, campuses and student services.

Distance education through TAFE NSW Open Training and Education Network OTEN

TAFE NSW now offers a number of higher education degree courses

Tips and advice for school leavers

Online magazine for school leavers – Something different, bridging the gap, your rights and responsibilities.

Everything you need to know about Australia's electoral system and voting.

Support services and programs you may be able to access to continue your education and training or work.

Discover your future and live the kind of life you want through further education. Includes case studies, study options, money and other challenges. Includes information about life as a student and available support and services.

Resource for school leavers, parents and teachers. Articles about resilience, preparation for university and study options.


This Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) site provides essential travel and safety advice about countries you might be planning to visit, as well as other important information and the facility for registering your travel plans with DFAT. This will help you in case you need assistance as an Australian travelling or working overseas.


Universities Admissions Centre provides information to undergraduate, international and post-graduate students on application procedures for participating institutions.

This Australian Government site has information for students about government assistance for financing tertiary study.

University study through distance education (Open Universities Australia)

Course searches, information and rankings for universities in Australia.

Find courses and places to study using various search criteria and ratings on universities, campuses and courses.

Employment and career opportunities for graduates.

A flexible way to study towards a university degree off campus.

Bridges is a partnership of five Sydney universities working with schools and communities to improve the participation of students from communities under-represented in higher education. The website incorporates multimedia content to showcase students’ stories as role models and advisors through the visitor’s journey, emphasising alternative pathways as well as traditional routes.

Choose a university or higher education institution that is best for you. Compare undergraduate student experience and graduate employment.

Volunteer work

Work with indigenous Australians in rural communities.

Provides opportunities to volunteer in many countries.

Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program provides skilled young Australians the opportunity to volunteer overseas in Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Young people - support

Directory of sites and services for young people.

The Foundation for Young Australians is an independent national organisation that funds and works in partnership with youth-led initiatives.

A new government funded Youth Employment Strategy, designed to give young people the skills and assistance to get into the workforce.

Youth Employment Strategy

Young Workers Rights

A tool kit for educators, employers, supervisors, and parents of young workers. It will assist young people to gain an understanding of  workplace safety rights and responsibilities, dealing with workplace hazards, communication and negotiation skills.

NSW Office of Industrial Relations site with information about your rights, entitlements and responsibilities at work.