Transition & Pathways

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program

The National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO) provides transition information, coordination, and referral services for schools, tertiary education providers, and individuals. To contact the NDCO for your region, go to www.ndcovictoria.net.au

Careers Resources

 

The following websites provide career and transition information designed to assist young people successfully move from school to further study, work, or other programs.

 

DET career moves

www.careermoves.net.au

 

Career tips

www.careertips.net.au/

 

Broaden your horizons

www.imvc.com.au/content/broaden-your-horizons

 

Futures For Young Adults (FFYA)

 

Futures for Young Adults (FFYA) is available to permanent residents of Victoria, who are 18 years old and in the last year of school, who have been assessed as eligible through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Program for Students with Disabilities or equivalent in the Catholic or independent sectors and currently receiving support at school.

 

The Futures for Young Adults (FFYA) program provides support to students with a disability who need additional assistance to make the transition to post-school options. The program is available to eligible students from when they are 18 and complete school until they turn 21 (3yrs).

Another component of the FFYA program is the Transition to Employment (TTE) initiative. Transition to Employment is focused on providing 12 months of support to young people with a disability who want to pursue further education, training and employment but are not yet ready to move directly into employment, or receive assistance through a Commonwealth Employment Service.

 

For further information visit

http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-individuals/disability/community-life-and-jobs/transitioning-to-employment

Or contact the Department of Human Service’s Intake and Response Service on 1800 783 783.

 

VTAC and SEAS

School leavers with a disability who are applying for University or higher-level study in TAFE can apply through VTAC for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS).

Students are eligible to apply if:

  •   the disability is long term and has impacted on the students’ education

  •   during years 11 and 12, students experienced adverse circumstances related to disability, medical conditions, injury, or mental health that impacted on their education.

 

 

For more information, go to http://www.vtac.edu.au/who.html

 

Tertiary Education

 

Each TAFE and University in Victoria employs a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO). DLOs can facilitate a range of supports and adjustments to ensure that students are able to fully participate in their studies and campus life.

A list of DLOs for each Victorian Institute of TAFE and University can be found at www.vta.vic.edu.au/TDN/downloads.html

TAFE and University open days are also good opportunities for students to explore courses and discuss needs and options with disability liaison officers. Dates for open days can be found at www.vtac.edu.au/opendays.html

Testimonials from students with a range of disabilities who have participated in tertiary education can be found on the following CD's http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability/transitionstories

 

Employment, Traineeships and Apprenticeships

 

Jobaccess is a comprehensive initiative for school leavers with a disability who are looking for work. Information and support includes:

  • Free expert help with employment
  • Help from Centrelink
  • Financial help and wage information
  • Help with your own business
  • Help outside of work

For more information, go to:

Information for job seekers

www.jobaccess.gov.au

 

Australian Apprenticeships Centre

www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

 

Australian Apprentice Pathways

www.aapathways.com.au/Home

 

Job Services Australia

www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/JSA/Pages/default.aspx

 

‘Beyond expectations’ is a series of stories about people with various disabilities in a range of jobs. To view these stories, go to

https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/communityed/disabilityacces/beyondexpvideos/index.html


The NDCO is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)