Interactive video guiding young people after school

Woman standing next to keys with text "5 key things to know when leaving school"

The National Careers Institute (NCI) has partnered with the Australian Taxation Office, Services Australia and the Office of the Student Identifiers Registrar to provide simple information on 5 key things people need to know when leaving school.

The video contains interactive features, allowing viewers to ‘choose their own adventure’ and navigate through the topics as it suits them. 

The video covers 5 topics including:

1. School Leavers Information Service and Information Kit 

Whether someone is still looking for the right pathway after school, seeking support to make their journey easier, or they want help to weigh up options, anyone aged 15–24 can speak to an experienced career practitioner for free. 

Simply call 1800 CAREER or download the NCI’s free School Leavers Information Kit.

2. Tax and super 

It’s important to apply for a Tax File Number in preparation for entering the workforce. Choosing a superannuation fund is also important. The financial decisions young people make when leaving school will help shape their lifestyle in the future.  

3. Unique Student Identifier (USI) 

A USI is a reference number made up of ten letters and numbers. It’s an individual education number each person carries with them for life.

Training providers and universities need to know their students’ USI to issue a qualification, statement of attainment or award. A USI is also needed to get Commonwealth financial assistance while studying.

4. Health support 

A range of health support services are available to help if life gets a little challenging.

It’s also important to know that proof of COVID-19 vaccinations may be needed when starting work. Linking Medicare to myGov and downloading a digital certificate is the easiest way to show proof of vaccination when needed.

5. Financial support 

The government offers financial support for people who are studying or training. The Payment and Service Finder outlines what individuals might be eligible for. Students can claim a payment through myGov up to 13 weeks before their course or training begins.

Watch the video and share with the young people in your life.

More information 

For more information about support for school leavers, visit Your Career.

For more information on the NCI and its work, visit National Careers Institute.

Correct at time of publication.