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Defence Work
Experience Program

Welcome to Defence's Work Experience Website.

Defence is committed to providing a national work experience program designed to:

  • contribute to the development of the skills of young people;
  • ease the transition of students into the workplace; and
  • demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within Defence.

Please Note: The Defence Work Experience Program offers unpaid work experience for students residing in Australia.

See the exciting work experience placements that are on offer.

If you have any queries or feedback in relation to the Defence Work Experience Program please send them to the following addresses:


For more information or guidance please contact your local Work Experience Liaison Officer:

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A Cultural Exchange: By CAPT James Hook
RMC-D staff cadets were provided some exposure to Indigenous culture during the training. Senior Instructor MAJ Rob Barr said he had asked the 148 staff cadets who had met an Indigenous Australian.  Read More

Teenager Off to Flying Start in Navy Career
She has just turned 18, but Midshipman Sophie Wheen is already 6 months into her quest to become a Navy pilot.   Read More

Work Experience Could Lead to ADF Career
A medical career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is looming large for a Queensland teenager, who has just completed work experience at Lavarack Barracks in Townville.   Read More

Work Experience Fires Up Youngster to Join the ADF
A long family history in the military and a passion for machines could see a Sydney youngster embark on a career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).   Read More

Young Lawyer Gets a Taste of Defence Through Work Experience
Adelaide man Ben Weir is grateful for the career leg-up he received after completing his studies and a stint of work experience with the Department of Defence.   Read More

Check out all the fun stuff on Defence's Games and App's page. This page includes links to the Navy, Army, Airforce and Defencejobs interactive activities that are avaliable.

Defence provides Australian students the opportunity to experience exciting careers through its work experience program.