Work Experience

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Work experience is the short term placement of secondary school students, generally from Years 9 and 10, with employers to provide insights into the industry and the workplace in which they are located. It provides students with the valuable opportunity to:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or expertise.

Ministerial Order 382 and Arrangement Forms

Ministerial Order 382 for school students undertaking work experience has been amended and commenced operation on 1 January 2017. Amended arrangement forms accompany amended Ministerial Order 382.

All arrangements made after 1 January 2017 must comply with amended Ministerial Order 382 and the accompanying amended arrangement forms must be used.

Additional Work Experience Resources

Occupational Health and Safety

Prior to commencing work experience, students must satisfactorily complete occupational health and safety (OHS) training, either safe@work or for students with disabilities or additional needs, A Job Well Done. It is the responsibility of the principal to determine which OHS program is the most appropriate for the student to undertake.

To access these OHS programs and other OHS resources, see Occupational Health and Safety

More information

For assistance with queries relating to work experience arrangements, please contact the relevant organisation as outlined below.

School sector​Organisation​Contact details​
Government

Secondary Reform, Transitions and Priority Cohorts Division, Department of Education and Training

youth.transitions@edumail.vic.gov.au

CatholicCatholic Education Commission of Victoria​

Jenny Wilson
jwilson@ceomelb.catholic.edu.au
(03) 9267 0253​

Independent​Independent Schools Victoria ​

Peter Roberts
Peter.Roberts@is.vic.edu.au
(03) 9825 7200​