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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.R

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CAREERS INFO RM A TIO N FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, the Hon Tony Street MR, today announced the release of the 1977 issue of the "Careers Guide for Victoria". The "Careers Guide" has been established over a number of years as an authorative source of information to school leavers about work and training beyond secondary school.

Mr Street said that this valuable source of information was primarily intended to be used by this year's school leavers and it will be of much assistance over the coming months. All young people who are planning their future in the workforce will find it essential reading. Copies of the "Careers Guide for Victoria" are distributed free of charge to all secondary schools and public libraries in Victoria.

Mr Street said that "factual information about the nature of work is important to anyone who is trying to make decisions about their future employment and whilst our immediate concerns are for this year's school leavers we should also be helping next years school leavers plan ahead."

In keeping with this view, Mr Street announced plans to broaden the amount of careers information and advice that is available.

Early in 1978, for the first time in Australia a national guide to careers and work will be produced. The new "Job Guide for Australia" is to provide information about various aspects of work and advice about choosing a career strategies and resources that exist to help the transition from school work. Factual information about a cross section of jobs will also be presented.

Mr Street said that there is a need also to present information about work and careers that may vary from one state to another. Early in 1978 career guides will be produced by the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations in five States.

The following are planned for publication early in 1978:

Job Guide for Australia

Queensland Job Manual

Job Information Guide for South Australia

Careers Guide for Tasmania

Careers Guide for Victoria

What's My Future — Careers Guide for Western Australia

In New South Wales the major source of career guidance information for school leavers is provided by the State Government. .

Quantities of all these guides will be made available free of charge to all secondary schools and public libraries in the appropriate States. .

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The production of documents like the careers guides is an integral part of the career information service that is offered to the public through the Commonwealth Employment Service and Career Reference Centres.

MELBOURNE

22 November 1977