Transition support for young people with a disability leaving school

Support is available to young people with a disability who are leaving school to take up further education, vocational training or employment.

The transition from school to adult life presents young people with a wide range of options including:

  • Pursuing further education
  • Employment
  • Vocational training
  • Volunteering and/or other community-based activities.

For many young people about to leave school, these options can also present challenges such as:

  • Understanding what is involved with each option
  • Thinking about what the options might mean for the future
  • Finding out how to access the option.

Young people with a disability may need help to navigate the range of options, and some may need funded support from the department. Here are some funding support options.

Futures for Young Adults

Funded support is available for eligible young people through Futures for Young Adults.

It is provided by the Victorian Government to support young people to access further education, training, employment or other community options that help meet their transition goals.

This funding is provided to a maximum of 3 years, from when young people with a disability leave school to when they turn 21 years of age.

Transition to Employment

Transition to Employment is funding for eligible young people who want to gain employment. Within this, it's for people who need support to develop the skills to get a job, keep a job or receive help from an Australian Government employment program.

Applying for transition support

  • Eligibility to receive funded post-school transition support

    Young people may be able to receive funded post-school transition support if they:

    • Are a permanent resident of Victoria
    • Are 18 years of age before 31 December in the year they are leaving school
    • Have received support through the Department of Education and Training's Program for students with disabilities or equivalent in the Catholic and independent sectors in their final year of school
    • Have a disability as defined under Section 3 of the Disability Act 2006
    • Require support in addition to that available through further education, employment and other community programs.
  • How to apply for transition support

    To be considered for funded post-school transition support, a young person needs to lodge an application.

    To apply:

    • Step 1: Read the Applying for transition support for young people with a disability leaving school – information for applicants
    • Step 2: Apply using the Transition support for young people with a disability leaving school – application form.
  • What happens once an application is approved

    If a young person’s application is approved, they will be supported to plan further and explore the full range of post-school options available to them.

    During planning, the young person will participate in a support needs assessment process. This will help to determine the level of support needed by an individual.

    Once the young person has completed their planning and selected a provider(s), this should be documented and submitted to the department for approval. Use 1 of the following forms (see Related resources) to do this:

    • Futures for young adults and Transition to employment – transition support proposal form (group supports) form
    • Futures for young adults and Transition to employment – transition support proposal form (non-group supports) form.

    A funding package will be allocated for up to 3 years if we are satisfied that:

    • The funded supports identified are within the intent of the guidelines
    • The supports will help the person to achieve their community and economic participation goals.
  • What happens for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) eligible students who are completing school in 2017?

    If you require post-school supports and are eligible for NDIS, the National Disability Insurance Agency will be responsible for planning with you and approving reasonable and necessary supports.

    The NDIS can fund a range of post-school supports to assist young people with disabilities to move into employment or other options.

    If you are completing school in 2017 and are living in an area that will transition in to the NDIS in 2017, read the 2017 school leavers and the NDIS factsheet – see Related resources.