School leavers and teachers

There are many pathways to consider when leaving school. If you are due to leave school shortly, it's not too early to start thinking about your options. Our Pathways and Connections Guides have everything you'll need to know, and our new NDCO video series - Create Your Future - follows the journeys of people with disability to study and work and are definitely worth a look!

Getting started

These tips from Get Ready for Study and Work will help you get started for your life after school:

  1. Start thinking about your transition from school to study or work as early as possible. We recommend starting to plan from Year 9.
  2. Think about the big picture – what are your goals and interests and how might your disability affect your future study or work.
  3. Make connections with people who can help you transition, for example employment services, university disability support services, your local National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO).
  4. Research a number of post-school options and identify realistic ones for you.
  5. Identify the skills you will need for future study or work. Which do you have and how can you develop others?
  6. Make sure you're organised and aware of application deadlines.
  7. Think about where you can get support from and what types of support you may need.
  8. There are lots of ways to gain experience that will be really valuable in your future. Don't be afraid to get involved in work experience.
  9. Get to know your rights and responsibilities in education and employment.
  10. Take responsibility for what you want. Practise voicing your wants and standing up for yourself.
  11. See the Get Ready Workbooks for more information.

More resources to assist you to map out your options and prepare for life after school.

School Leaver Expos

We are lucky in the Hunter-Central Coast and North Coast regions to have lots of activities and resources to assist students to make decisions about what to do after school. Our regional NDCOs facilitate school leaver expos and Enhancing the Links Seminars to make these resources available to you. Contact your NDCO to find an event near you, or go to our Events page.

Get ready for study

If you are interested in further study at university or TAFE, preparation is everything. Deciding what to study, where to study and knowing how your disability might affect your studies and career can be overwhelming. More information and resources are available to guide you through these decisions and help you get ready for uni.

Educational Access Scheme

If you believe your disability has had a significant impact on your educational performance, there may be alternative entry pathways into university via the Universities Admissions Centre's Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Institutions use EAS to make offers of admission by allocating adjustment points (previously called bonus points) or setting aside a certain number of places for EAS applicants.

Student stories

Read other students' experiences of the transition to university and their advice in our student stories.


The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) has resources and tips for anyone working with people with disability in education and training settings.

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