Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo for Students with Disability

Information for Students with Disability in School,
Vocational Education and Training, and University - Living in Regional/Rural NSW & ACT

Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo will be held on:
Thursday 17th June 2021

The Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo for Students with Disabilityis a unique opportunity to continue the delivery of our annual expos, and assist those unable to offer events in other Regional, Rural and Remote areas of NSW/ACT due to COVID-19. The Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo is presented by Career Links in conjunction with the National Disability Coordination Officer Program, and NSW Department of Education Support Teachers (Transition).

This long-running transition Expo is the only event of its kind in the State, attracting over 150 local, state and interstate exhibitors including leading education and training providers. The event connects young people and tertiary graduates with disability to employment services, employers, education/training providers, apprenticeship/traineeship services, disability providers, and government services to help them make informed decisions about their future, and highlight the support that is available.

Career Links is a community focused, not-for-profit organisation servicing Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Operating since 2000, we manage a range of programs, which connects young people with business, education and community.

Who Should Come

The Expo footprint is Regional, Rural and Remote NSW and ACT:

You may not think of yourself as having a ‘disability’ but the definition is broad and includes learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, medical conditions, mental illness, physical conditions, sensory impairments, intellectual disability, and more

  • Senior School Students with Disability
  • Graduating Vocational Education and Training (VET) Students with Disability
  • Graduating University Students with Disability
  • Their Families-Carers
  • School-VET-University Staff who support transitioning students
  • Services/Providers who need information, links, and resources to assist transitioning students/people with disability
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Who Should Exhibit

When you have a disability or ongoing health condition there is additional planning required for the move post-study. This is the perfect opportunity for you to display and promote your service or business to a captive audience and to be a part of the business community supporting and working together with our youth and tertiary graduates.

  • Universities
  • Vocational Education and Training Providers (TAFE, Registered Training Organisations)
  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers
  • Group Training Organisations
  • Employers
  • Employment Services (Disability Employment Services, jobactive)
  • Employment related services such as NDIS funded supports (eg School Leaver Employment Supports), services that assist attendees to start their own business etc
  • Government Departments/Services/Programs
  • Australian Disability Enterprises
  • Disability Service Providers
  • Assistive Technology Suppliers focused on education/employment
  • Community Services
  • Health Services/Programs
  • Career Services
  • Youth Support Services
  • Advocacy or Peer Support Groups
  • Local and State Exhibitors




Why Exhibit

  • Showcase your Business, Service, Program to a statewide audience
  • Assist attendees to link with appropriate pathways and services to support their transition
  • Access Senior School Students, Graduating VET and University Students with Disability living in Regional, Rural and Remote NSW
    • Facilitate pathways and linkages to encourage future study or employment
    • Demonstrate career paths
    • Encourage selection for appropriate further education
  • Learn more about and connect with the disability sector, which represents 20% of the Australian population
  • Recruit new students, clients and staff
  • Address skill shortages in your industry
  • Support the career development of young people and demonstrate the options available
  • Develop a personal relationship with new clients
  • Demonstrate course content
  • Create a database of potential clients
  • Network with other Exhibitors
  • Access to Year 10 Students
    • Present options to Students which will assist them to determine their subject choices into Years 11 & 12
    • Exhibit opportunities to Students for the HSC Including School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
    • Display your requirements for the Students to attend your training/education institution
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This is a crucial time for these students, who are ready to make decisions.

Frequently Asked Questions

The event targets those living in Regional, Rural and Remote NSW and the ACT
Transitioning with disability or an ongoing health condition requires additional planning. The Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo uses an online platform, and brings together students with disability from schools and tertiary education, families-carers, and staff from these sectors with potential employers and employment services, further education/training providers, apprenticeship/traineeship services, disability/community support services, assistive technology suppliers, government agencies and more. The Expo can be accessed simply via the internet browser on your computer, or a smart device, and does not require attendees to physically go anywhere. Visually, the Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo resembles an actual Lobby, Auditorium, Information Booth, and Exhibitor Hall with a dashboard of company booths with information, links to directly videoconference or chat, resources to download, and videos to view
The Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo 2020 will be held on Wednesday 9 September. This is an online event, which you can access from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  • Students with disability or ongoing health condition in Years 10, 11 and 12 from schools throughout Regional, Rural and Remote NSW/ACT
  • Graduating Vocational Education and Training Students with Disability from Regional, Rural and Remote NSW/ACT
  • Graduating University Students with Disability from Regional, Rural and Remote NSW/ACT
  • School (incl Career Advisers)-VET-University Staff who support these transitioning students
  • Families-carers
  • Services/Providers from Regional, Rural and Remote NSW/ACT who need information, links, and resources to assist transitioning students/people with disability
The Expo can sustain thousands of visitors at any given time
This event is accessible to all devices with access to the internet including smartphones
  • In order to attend you need to pre-register via the Registration Link at the top of the page
  • We recommend you pre-register for the event. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email confirming your attendance at the Expo
There is no charge for attendees
  • Universities
  • Vocational Education and Training Providers (TAFE, Registered Training Organisations)
  • Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers
  • Group Training Organisations
  • Employers
  • Employment Services (Disability Employment Services, jobactive)
  • Employment related services such as NDIS funded supports (eg School Leaver Employment Supports), services that assist attendees to start their own business etc
  • Government Departments/Services/Programs
  • Australian Disability Enterprises
  • Disability Service Providers
  • Assistive Technology Suppliers focused on education/employment
  • Community Services
  • Health Services/Programs
  • Career Services
  • Youth Support Services
  • Advocacy or Peer Support Groups
  • Local and State Exhibitors
The number and the position of representatives depends on individual organisations. However, you can expect to meet a range of services/providers/organisations/government agencies who can assist and guide you in your planning for the move to employment, further education, community engagement, along with a range of disability/community services to support this journey
At the Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo you will be able to text chat, videoconference and, where numbers are included, telephone Exhibitors. They will be able to answer your specific questions
At each Exhibitor Booth you can read general information about the Exhibitor and click on icons for additional links about their services, watch videos, and download documents/brochures to your virtual backpacks (which you can then email to yourself)
The Exhibitors will be able to see if you are online and can save the chats they have had with you for future reference with your permission
Ask questions of the Exhibitors who are online to chat and videoconference with you. They want you to approach them, do not hold back. The Exhibitors are simply there to provide you with the information and resources that you require and are specific to your needs
Yes, you do need to pre-register for this Future Choices Virtual Transition Expo prior the actual event
No. All you need is an internet connection and a working internet browser
A Help Desk is available to assist answer your queries

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