Transition Planning

Transition Planning is fundamental to high quality career education. Transition Planning helps to inform and guide students’ decision making. This is important for making decisions after year 10. 

Transition Planning can start in year 9. This might occur through work exposure and other career education activities. Parents and carers can be part of the transition planning process. 

The Education Act 2016 mandates the issuing of a Transition Statement at the completion of Year 10. An approved Transition Plan results in a Transition Statement being issued by the Principal. This permits the student to progress to an Approved Learning Program for years 11 and 12.  

We are currently developing a new transition planning policy and procedure which is due for release in early 2023. The purpose of the policy and procedure is to support schools to meet requirements of the Education Act 2016 and to develop consistent approach to transition planning across DECYP schools. A suite of professional learning will be available throughout 2023 to support implementation of the policy and procedure.

To support the policy and strengthening Transition Planning, and more broadly Career Education in DECYP schools the Graduate Certificate in Career Development will continue to be offered in 2023. The Graduate Certificate in Career Development Practice is an intensive qualification which supports teachers to develop the knowledge and skills to lead career development programs and services in their chosen work environment. Developing the capacity of teachers and school leaders is critical to the delivery of high quality transition and career education programs and improves learner outcomes to ensure everyone is participating and engaging in learning and able to pursue life opportunities.

If you would like to know more and/or express interest for school leaders, teachers or other school staff to participate in the Graduate Certificate in 2023, express your interest by email to

In government schools, students use an online Transition Planning tool. They record their ideas about the future, including their year 11 course selection.  

Catholic and Independent Schools also issue Transition Statements to their year 10 students. Please contact the respective sector or school for more information. 


Only DECYP staff will be able to access resources marked with* via Document centre or Canvas.  

Visit the PLI website for more information about upcoming events. There are also professional learning resources, including previous presentations, available in the My Education Canvas Resources.  

For more information about Transition Planning, contact: