Work Experience

Each year Austin Health places secondary school students from within the local community for work experience. This provides an opportunity to promote health professions to the youth of today who may become your workforce in the future. It also gives students the chance to observe a workplace and learn about the jobs available within the Health industry.

Post-secondary Students (Tertiary or Adult applicants)

For post-secondary placement opportunities, please direct your queries to the relevant department. See the list of departments.

Secondary Student Placements

Austin Health partners with Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning (BNWL) to facilitate our work experience program, and ensure successful placements. There are two programs available;

Austin Health is partnering with the Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning (BNWL) organisation to facilitate our placement program into and ensure successful placements.

All placements are in one week blocks only, and availability of departments and dates varies. Popular weeks and popular areas of interest book out very quickly. The following placement programs for Secondary Students are available;


Typically targeting Year 10 students, this offers students a week within one of Austin Health’s departments in a mainly observational role. (2018 now FULL with a waiting list).


Targeting mainly Year 11-12 students enrolled in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. It allows students to acquire skills and knowledge in an industry setting and to apply some theory they have learnt in a practical way. (2018 now has limited vacancies.)

Limited placements are offered and placement dates vary across departments throughout the year (ie. Placements are not available in all departments or at all times of the year). Vacancies are allocated according to order of receipt of application and popular dates book out *very* early. It is highly recommended that students nominate more than one area of interest, and dates available to enable an alternative preference to be offered in the event their first preference is unavailable.

To apply, please download and complete the Application Form (below) and email to Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning at

    How to Apply

    Please return the completed form in either Word or PDF format to

    (Please do not send as a graphic or picture, eg. jpg, or as an external link, as these cannot be opened or processed.) Incomplete or unreadable applications will be returned.

    Placements are available from early March through to early December, however not all departments are able to offer placements and not all weeks are available. Placements are allocated according to date received, providing that application criteria are met.


    **Please note: Popular weeks book out very early (including school holidays) and all students must be over the age of 15 at the time of their placement. Some departments may request additional application criteria.** 

    Student Application Form – (Word format.)

    If you have any other queries regarding the Austin Health Work Experience Program, please email Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning at

    For More Inofrmation

    If you have any other queries regarding the Austin Health Work Experience Program, please email Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning at

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Program (Secondary Students)

    Each year Austin Health hosts this program for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students who are interested in a career in the health industry. Over the period of a week students are able to observe a range of occupations and services at Austin Health, as well as receive information about Career choices and further studies. They are also provided with an opportunity to speak with Indigenous staff members at Austin. In 2018 this week will take place from June 25th to 29th and forms part of the Austin Health Work Experience Program. Interested students should complete the application form below. (2018 now has limited vacancies.)

    To apply, please download and complete the Application Form (below), clearly indicating whether you are interested in the 2017 or 2018 ATSI program and email to Banyule Nillumbik Workplace Learning at