Work experience pathways

We have work experience pathways for high school and university students who want a career in the Australian Public Service.

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

Benefits of our pathways

Our work experience pathways give you:

  • 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 or part time basis. Full time placements run for 5 consecutive business days. Part time placements run for 5 days spread over a maximum of 5 weeks.

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 our Entry Level Pathways team.

Student placement

Student placements are for students enrolled in an Australian university to complete their mandatory work experience in a relevant area of our organisation.

The placements are unpaid and count towards academic credits.

Student placements are currently only available to students enrolled in either a Bachelor or Masters of Social Work.

To register your interest for a student placement, please email our Entry Level Pathways team.

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Diversity groups

We strongly support workplace diversity and value 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.

Read more about how we support workplace diversity and inclusion.

Contact us

If you have any questions about work experience pathways, please email our Entry Level Pathways team.

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Page last updated: 17 February 2017

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