Help fuel your child’s future after school

26 August 2019

Read about support available to help steer your kids into success.

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Whatever adventure they’re going on after school, you’ll want them to be ready for the journey. Decisions they make now can help them plan and prepare for their future.

Start with their strengths

Think about what your child is good at. This is a great way to help guide what they might enjoy doing after school.

They can try the career quiz on the Job Outlook website if they need a hand. It gives an idea of the type of qualification your child might need for jobs that interest them.

Decide a pathway

Once your child has an idea of what they’re interested in or good at, they can make their next move.


Are they passionate about building, beauty or baking? An Australian Apprenticeship might be perfect for them. They can do Apprenticeships for over 500 occupations. With an apprenticeship, your child could study, train and earn an income at the same time. Get them to contact their local TAFE for course information and to find out when to apply.

Read more about Australian Apprenticeships on their website.


Maybe they’re great with numbers and want to be a maths teacher or a data analyst. Then they’ll need to do further study at university. Your child can access profiles on all Australian universities on the Universities Australia webpage. They can also look up open days and go along to decide which university and course is the right fit.


If they want to join the workforce, a resume is a good place to start. Your child can get resume and interview tips on the jobactive website. If they want to try some different jobs, they can do work experience. Use the Youth Jobs PaTH on the jobactive website to connect with different employers.

Look at support options

We have payments for students and trainees that can help your child with study costs.

If they’re doing full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship, they might get Youth Allowance as a student. If they’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, they might get ABSTUDY.

If they want to look for work after school, they might get Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

You can see what payments and services your child can get based on their situation using Payment and Service Finder.

We know getting through the last year of school and taking that next big step can be stressful. If your child’s struggling or wants to speak to someone, they can contact headspace. They have mental and physical health support for young people.

Your child can also use Payment and Service Finder to find services in your area.

More information

Your family payments may change when your child finishes school. Read about what happens when your child turns 16 or stops studying.

You can also read more about leaving school.

Don’t forget, you or your child can ask us questions on social media about our payments or services. Follow Student Update on  Facebook or  Twitter.

Keep in mind, you shouldn’t share personal details in a public space like social media.

Page last updated: 26 August 2019