Post School Pathways Fact Sheet Aboriginal Youth


Research in Australia and overseas points to strategies in three main areas that have shown to be effective in secondary schools for increasing engagement, achievement and school completion among Indigenous students. Through school-wide strategies that work to maintain student engagement and improve learning outcomes, broad curriculum provision, quality vocational education and training (VET) options and quality career education programs are foundational pieces to ensuring successful outcomes for students.

The fact sheet provides a high-level overview of post school pathway options to support Aboriginal students. This resource can be utilised by all staff to support Aboriginal students through key transition stages, in particular subject selection Stage 5 into 6 and exploring post school pathways.

Schools can use the Post School Destinations and Experiences Survey – Year 12 completers and early school leavers as a guide and way of monitoring post school pathway trends at a school level. This resource will provide the assistance and guidance in accessing the right and appropriate support for students.

Timeframe and Instructions for use:

This resource can also be used as a tool to assist in developing aspirational goals that align with the student’s Personalised Learning Pathways (PLPs). School based staff can guide students using these links to seek additional information and support.

Intended audience:

Careers Advisors, Transition Advisors, Teachers.

Evidence base:

Alignment to system priorities and/or needs:
This resource has been designed and aligned to the following key drivers of Aboriginal Education:

Aboriginal Education Policy:
The department will improve lifelong learning pathways for Aboriginal learners. This will include transitions: From home to school, through primary and secondary education and from school into further study and employment. The department is also committed to increase the participation and retention of Aboriginal students in schools.

Closing the Gap:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their full learning potential; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their full potential through further education pathways and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth are engaged in employment or education.

Alignment to School Excellence Framework: School Excellence Framework:
Teaching Domain – Data Skills and Use, Learning Domain – Reporting, Leading Domain – Educational Leadership.

Consulted with:
This fact sheet was produced in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate, Skills and Pathways and Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation.

Reviewed by:
This publication was reviewed by Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate, Skills and Pathways and Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE).

Created/last updated:
December 2023.

Anticipated resource review date:
This resource will be reviewed in December 2024. To ensure ongoing improvement of this resource, feedback on this resource can be provided via the survey or QR code below.

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Resource Link

To access the Post School Fact Sheet Aboriginal Youth resource, please visit Post-school Options.


  • DoE

Business Unit:

  • Aboriginal Education and Communities
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