Leaving secondary

Find information to guide you when you’re leaving or finishing secondary school.

Our interactive school leavers video will give you key information about Centrelink payments, Medicare, COVID-19 vaccination proof and more.

Help to decide what to do after school

If you aren’t sure what to do next, there’s information to help you decide.

You can:

Help to prepare for your next steps

To help with the transition to life after secondary school, you can:

Help for apprentices or trainees

We have payments and services to help if you’re considering an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Read about how we can help apprentices.

Help to continue study

You may want to go on to study in higher education. We have payments and services to support you while you study, depending on what course you choose.

Read about how we can help students in higher education.

Help to get a job

You can get help from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s JobSearch website with:

We can also help support you if you decide to work. Even if you already have a job, you may be able to get a payment from us.

Read about how we can help as you look for work.

Help to transition from state care

If you’re in or leaving formal state care you may be able to get the Transition to Independent Living Allowance payment. It’s a payment of up to $1,500 to help you cover some of the costs of leaving care like:

  • paying for a bond for accommodation
  • education or training courses
  • driving lessons or counselling.

The payment is for eligible young people aged 15 to 25.

Formal care is non-parent care where you’ve been placed on a court order, such as foster care, or community care.

Find out more about how to get the Transition to Independent Living Allowance.

Page last updated: 3 June 2022