Information for educators

Available Defence work experience placements are advertised on the Defence Work Experience Program Jobs List .

An information pack is provided for each individual placement, which outlines the activities students may participate in, eligibility criteria for participation and questions that need to be answered as part of the application process.

When a placement of interest is found, students should submit an application. It is important to note that placements generally receive more applications than available places, so the application process should be treated as if it were a job application. Students should ensure that all questions are answered and provide detailed responses.

New placements are added throughout the year as they become available.


Defence may make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with special needs to increase participation. This is extended to students from culturally-diverse backgrounds, Indigenous youth or those with pre-existing medical or behavioural conditions.


Students are required to complete a work experience placement agreement in order to participate in the program. The agreement includes providing personal information such as dietary requirements or allergies, as well as medical or fitness/injury information.

Successful applicants will receive a letter of offer that provides information about the placement and the Work Experience Placement Agreement. The agreement requires signatures of the student, their parent/guardian, the Education Institution and the Work Experience Manager.


Government school students are covered by public liability and third-party property and personal accident insurance through the relevant State or Territory Government. Non-government schools have separate insurance arrangements.

All schools are required to provide evidence of adequate insurance coverage, including:

  • insurance cover for work experience students against injury whilst on work experience
  • indemnity for Defence in the event of a claim against Defence resulting from an injury or death of a student or from damage to property or injury or death of members of the public caused by a work experience student
  • compensation for damage to property (Defence and third-party) caused by a work experience student.

Waiting list

Defence may establish a waiting list if the number of applications exceed capacity. An application must still be submitted and documentation completed to ensure that the waitlisted student is eligible should an enrolled student withdraw.