Work experience pathways

The department has a number of work experience pathways for high school and university students interested in a career in the Australian Public Service.

We are one of the largest and most diverse government employers, and our pathways provide valuable work experience and the opportunity to gain a broad range of technical and administrative skills.

Benefits of our pathways

The benefits of participating in our work experience pathways include:

  • the opportunity to gain real work place experience and develop skills
  • placements all over Australia in a variety of office environments, including DHS Canberra, Service Centres and Smart Centres
  • the opportunity to work for one of the largest and most diverse government departments that provides advice on government services and payments to all eligible Australians
  • the opportunity to participate in the work that a service delivery department undertakes.

Our pathways

Work experience placements

Work experience placements are available to students in years 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) in any Australian educational institution.

These placements allow students to experience a range of duties and develop their skills and knowledge.

Placements are unpaid and run for 5 days on a full time (5 consecutive business days) or part time (5 days spread over a maximum of 5 weeks) basis.

Please note: Work experience placements are not available in December, January or February.

To register for a work experience placement, complete a WEP Student Interest Form and email it to

Student placement

Student Placements are offered to students enrolled in an Australian university to complete their mandatory work experience in a relevant area of the department.

The placements are unpaid and count towards academic credits.

Student Placements are currently only available for Allied Health students.

To register your interest for a student placement in Allied Health, please email

For general recruitment, visit the vacancies or entry level pathways pages.

Diversity groups

The department strongly supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. In particular, applications are encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including refugees and humanitarian entrant applicants.

For more information about diversity in the department, please email

Contact us

If you have any questions about work experience pathways please email

Page last updated: 15 April 2016

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