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Work experience

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. 

Secondary students

The department welcomes applications for work experience from secondary school students over the age of 15.

It is the responsibility of the student or a representative of the student’s school, such as a work experience coordinator, to contact a business area directly (see below).

Work experience placements are completed in one or two weeks and students are usually paid $5 per day, as advised by the Department of Education and Training.

Secondary students are not required to undergo a Criminal History Check. However, students must sign a Deed of Confidentiality before undertaking any work for the department.

The business area can accept or deny the request, particularly if there is inadequate supervision or no appropriate work available. 

The Victorian Government has published a number of guidelines and forms to assist supervisors, schools and students in fulfilling their work experience obligations, including the Work Experience Manual. 

For more information visit the Department of Education and Training website (External link)


Tertiary students

It is the responsibility of the student or a representative of the student's tertiary institution to contact a business area directly (see below).

The length of tertiary work experience can vary from two weeks to the duration of a full semester (14 weeks or longer) and it is unpaid work.

To be eligible, the field work coordinator's details must be provided to the business area to authorise the placement and confirm that work experience is a requirement of the student's qualification.

The tertiary institution is usually obliged to cover the student for public liability insurance, accident insurance and professional indemnity insurance. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are covered.

Everyone working for the department is required to undergo a Criminal History Check prior to commencing work. The business area will liaise with the student to organise the check. Students are also required to sign a Deed of Confidentiality before undertaking any work for the department.

If you wish to request a tertiary placement please complete the attachment below and email it to your preferred business area. 

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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.


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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