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Defence Work Experience



The Defence Work Experience Program is running activities across the country where it is safe to do so, in accordance with state and territory public health directions and restrictions. As placements are planned and confirmed, they will be advertised through the “Placements” tab. We encourage you to check our website regularly.

There is currently no mandatory requirement for participants to be vaccinated in order to attend a placement. Defence regularly reviews the health and safety framework in place and any changes to COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be compliant with the state and territory public health orders.

Defence Work Experience placements are subject to the changing COVID-19 situation and operational requirements. As a result, placements may be postponed, cancelled or changed at short notice.

For more information on Defence’s response to COVID-19 visit the Defence COVID-19 Taskforce website.

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

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

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 address:

Email: Defence.WorkExperienceProgram@defence.gov.au




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