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$1.6 MILLION BOOST FOR QUALITY CAREERS ADVICE

10 November 2005 MIN 2032/05

I am pleased to announce Australian Government funding of $1.6 million to support a range of key initiatives that will further enhance the quality of careers advice being provided across the country.

Careers advisers play a pivotal role in guiding and supporting students in making their informed choices about career and study options.

The new funding will be provided to:

z Develop a new Certificate IV in Career Development. This will provide a qualification,

available on the web through Australian Career Development Studies (ACDS) and free of charge (other than for assessment), that will enable people to gain or upgrade their qualifications.

z Share good practices between schools that have emerged from the Career Education

Lighthouse Schools Projects. Lighthouse Schools champion good practice and innovation in career education and encourage other secondary, primary, government and non-government schools to implement quality career education programmes.

z Develop quality national standards for career information and career services which will

help users of these services to know what to expect, and help providers to improve their services. Currently there are no national standards for career practitioners in Australia which regulate minimum level qualifications, training, professional development, ethics and conduct.

z Train new careers advisers, particularly those providing Australian Government services

under the new Australian Network of Industry Careers Advisers initiative, in the use of the national career information website www.myfuture.edu.au, a key resource in helping young people work with careers advisers and plan their careers.

These projects are part of a broader national effort by the Howard Government to improve the

quality of career information, advice and services. Good quality career advice can help everyone make smooth transitions throughout their lives - whether it be changing jobs; beginning a job after an absence from work; or retiring from paid work.

This year the Australian Government has established the $143.2 million Australian Network of Industry Careers Advisers (ANICA) to ensure that all 13-19 year olds have access to professional career advice to achieve a successful transition through school and from school to further education, training and work.

The Howard Government is committed to helping all young Australians find and achieve their potential. No young person should feel that the value of their life is determined by the educational choices they make. Their choices in apprenticeships, TAFE or university must be equally valued.

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