Work experience and SWL

Post-secondary students (tertiary or adult applicants)

For post-secondary placement opportunities, please direct your query to the relevant department. Browse our list of departments.

Secondary student placements

Austin Health is proud to place over 100 secondary school students on work placement each year. This provides a valuable opportunity to promote health professions to young people, and gives students the chance to observe and learn about careers available in healthcare as they consider their future path.

We partner with Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning and Employment Network (BNLLEN) to facilitate our placement program and ensure successful placements.

Placements are available in one week blocks only. There are three programs available:

  1. Work Experience: Typically for Year 10 students (2020 Program now full).
  2. Structured Workplace Learning: For senior students in Years 10-12. These placements are available to VCE and VCAL students who are enrolled in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program and require some hours within an industry setting to consolidate their learning (2020 Program has limited vacancies).
  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Careers Week - Sept 14-18, 2020: We are proud to offer a program for indigenous students (work experience or SWL) interested in the health industry. Students visit several disciplines throughout the week, with the opportunity to ask questions of indigenous staff in various roles (2020 Program has limited vacancies).

How to apply (secondary students only)

  • Work Experience (2020 Program is FULL - no further applications are being processed)
  • Structured Workplace Learning

To apply for SWL, please download and complete the SWL / Work Experience Application Form and send to

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Program (Sept 14-18, 2020)

To apply for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Week, please download and complete the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Careers Week Application Form and send to

Please read all instructions carefully, as incomplete or unreadable (eg. pages, jpg, etc) applications will be returned unprocessed.

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 processed 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 at their discretion.

If you have any further queries regarding placements for secondary students at Austin Health please contact the BNLLEN at