The department is committed to professional development and offers work experience opportunities to both tertiary and secondary students.
Work experience enhances students’ education, allowing the development of skills and knowledge within a professional workplace.
Work experience at the department provides an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of a particular business area, observe practice and interaction between Victorian Government departments, statutory entities and the judicial system — and a chance to serve the community.
The department endeavours to provide meaningful work experience for students to assist them in their learning and development.
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Work experience requirements
Students should contact the relevant business unit at least one month prior to when they would like to undertake their placement. The department needs this time to assess the suitability of the student, organise a supervisor and a project.
In your initial email, you should:
- give a brief statement as to why you want to work in the business unit - this does not have to be long
- provide a sentence or two about your academic background and interests
- indicate if you need to be supervised by someone with a specific background, such as a qualified social worker or lawyer
- indicate the proposed length of the placement, preferred dates and any specific assessment requirements
- provide a CV with an academic referee and if possible a work referee
- tertiary students should attach the 'Tertiary Student Placement Request Form' in the email.
Tertiary students may be asked to submit a writing sample (at least 1 piece, preferably 2). If it is a law placement, you will be asked to submit a legal piece of work and possibly a piece from your other degree.
After referee checks, if you are suitable you will be asked to come in for a brief interview to meet your supervisor and check that everyone is happy for the placement to proceed.
You must sign a confidentiality agreement either at the interview or on the first day of your placement for your placement to proceed.
Students over the age of 18 will need to complete a police check.
You will be given an overview of fire safety and health and safety regulations on your first day or as soon as possible thereafter.
Requesting a placement
The department’s work is broad and varies greatly between portfolios and business areas.
Requests are considered by the business area on a case-by-case basis to ensure the student is provided with a beneficial learning opportunity.
When requesting a work experience placement with the department, the arrangement must be verified by the work experience coordinator from the student's education institution. Tertiary students must complete the above attachment to be considered.
Due to the nature of the department’s portfolios and legislative responsibility, some requests for placements may not be accommodated.
The department embraces diversity among our staff and volunteers (including students) and encourages applications from people with disability, including people with mental ill-health, as well as people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To see a detailed list of business areas in the department and to find out about what they do, see the Contact us page.
- Corrections Victoria (Community Correctional Services) – To learn more about the program, eligibility requirements and application process, please see the students placement section of the Corrections Victoria website(external link)
- Consumer Affairs Victoria – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Infringement Management and Enforcement Services – email@example.com
- Office of the Public Advocate – firstname.lastname@example.org
- South East Metro Region (Box Hill, Dandenong, Frankston, Lilydale, Moorabbin, Ringwood and Rosebud) – email@example.com
- Loddon Mallee Region (Bendigo, Mildura and Swan Hill) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gippsland Region (Bairnsdale, Morwell, Sale and Wonthaggi) – email@example.com
|Author:||Department of Justice and Regulation|
|Publisher:||Department of Justice and Regulation|
|Date of Publication:||2018|
|Copyright:||State of Victoria, 2018.|
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