Leaving secondary school

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

Watch our interactive school leavers video to find out about student payments, Medicare 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:

  • use the School Leavers Information Kit on the Your Career website to learn about study, training and work options
  • use the Labour Market Insights search tool to see which jobs are in demand in your local area
  • go to the myfuture website to discover your strengths, and make career decisions
  • use the Your Career website to compare training at different providers.

Help to prepare for your next steps

To help transition to life after school, you can:

Help to continue study

We have payments to support you if you’re considering further study, including either:

Read about other payments you can get for higher education.

You can also use our Payment and Service Finder to see what payments you might be eligible for. It can also tell you out how much you could get each fortnight. It will be an estimate only and depends on you entering accurate information.

Learn about other types of financial help that are available from government, on the Study Assist website.

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 get a job

If you’re looking for work experience or a job, you can get help on the Workforce Australia website with:

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

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

Help with other life changes

We have payments and services to support you, if you’re doing any of the following:

Page last updated: 5 April 2024.
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