Work experience

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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
  • 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.


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

Manuals and forms

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.

Child safe standards

The child safe standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools to help ensure the safety of children.

Ministerial Order 870 requires the school governing authority to develop and implement risk management strategies. The strategies are to ensure child safety in school environments. School environments include workplace learning environments where students undertake work experience, structured workplace learning, school community work (volunteering) and school based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Use these guides to help you comply with the requirements of Ministerial Order 870

More information

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

Government schools

Contact Learning, teaching and pathways division at the Department of Education and Training via email:

Catholic schools

Contact Jenny Wilson at the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria:

Independent schools

Contact Peter Roberts at Independent Schools Victoria: