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Adolescent/Adult Goal Setting Tool (AAGST)

The Adolescent/Adult Goal Setting Tool (AAGST) has been designed to enable autistic and other neurodivergent people to actively engage in person-centred planning processes.

It is not a standardised test but a card-sort that can be used flexibly to maximise the capacity of the autistic person to identify, prioritise and communicate their goals.

The AAGST is suitable for:

  • NDIS Planning
  • Schools facilitating post-school transition planning for students
  • Employment Agencies
  • Disability Service Providers
  • Therapists supporting adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum with goal planning
  • Individuals and their families.


​It consists of a pack of 75 illustrated goal cards divided into nine categories including:

  • Social relationships
  • Self-care and Home Living
  • Study and Training
  • Employment
  • Health and Fitness
  • Community Access and Participation
  • Communication
  • Finances
  • Emotional Wellbeing.


It also includes:

  • Four Sorting Plates
  • A Something Else Card & Goal Explanation Card
  • Detailed User Manual
  • Quick-Start Guide & Resource Booklet containing a How to Use Guide with tips, suggested script, and master copies of a Goal Record Sheet, My Priority Goals Form and Planning Sheet. (All masters are designed to be copied).


  • Judy Jones, creator of the Family Goal Setting Tools, on which this tool is based.
  • The research project participants who contributed to the evaluation and refinement of this tool
  • The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC*) for the funding of the evaluation of the tool
  • Contributors with lived-experience of autism, in particular members of the Australia & New Zealand Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) led by Ms Katharine Annear
  • Autism Queensland’s Studio G Post-School Transition Program
  • Illustrators: David Smith, Jermu Hautsolo.

*Autism CRC was established by, and receives funding from, the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Program.


The evaluation of the AAGST won the 2018 Autism CRC Award for Achievement in Autism Spectrum Research for the team’s outstanding commitment to inclusive research practices.

The AAGST is an Aspirations Self-Determination Publication. For information other publications in this series (The Family Goal Setting Tools, FGSTs) please click here.

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