Work experience and structured workplace learning (SWL)

We offer allied health work experience and structured workplace learning (SWL) placements for secondary school students.

Austin Health partners with Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning and Employment Network (BNLLEN) to coordinate our workplace learning programs for secondary school students.

This includes:

  • Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program
  • Work Experience program
  • Indigenous Careers in Health program.

Since 2008, BNLLEN has worked closely with Austin Health staff and to date have supported over 1000 student placements.

Work placements give students the opportunity to observe a workplace in action and to learn about the diverse jobs available within the health industry.

It also assists young people to make decisions about their future study and career paths. SWL also makes an important contribution to study requirements for senior vocational students.

About our programs for 2024

COVID-19 has affected the delivery of our student placement programs since 2020. We are pleased to be able to offer limited SWL and work experience places from 2024 onwards.

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program

Targeting mainly year 11-12 students enrolled in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) program to acquire related skills and knowledge in an industry setting.


Limited places are available for 2024 subject to any relevant COVID-19 related restrictions.

Application closing date

From now until November 4th, 2023. See: How to apply.

Work Experience program 

Targeting typically year 10 students. Work experience offers the opportunity for a ‘first taste’ of the health industry where students can observe a workplace in action.


Limited places are available for 2023 subject to any relevant COVID-19 related restrictions.

Application closing date

From now until November 4th only. See: How to apply.

Indigenous Careers in Health program 

Austin Health is proud to support a diverse workplace and in 2016 commenced the Indigenous Careers in Health Program which provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with a week long program looking at a range of specialisations at Austin Health. Students also have the opportunity to speak with staff and medical students about appropriate study and career choices.


Full details for the Indigenous Careers in Health Program have been confirmed for 2024.

Students interested in this program should complete an application form. See: How to Apply.

You will be contacted with updates in 2024.

Applications for 2024 is now closed

Registration for 2024 placements have now been filled, with an extensive waiting list. Any new applications for next year will not be accepted.

If you are interested in applying for a Work Experience or Structured Workplace Learning Placement in 2025, applications will be available from September to November this year.

Please be aware that only a certain number of placements are available therefore placements are allocated on a "first come - first served" basis. Unfortunately, not all departments are able to offer placements and not all weeks are available.

Please note:

  • Popular weeks book out very early (including school holidays)
  • All students must be over the age of 15 at the time of their placement

Contact us

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


Austin Health are unable to answer queries relating to SWL or Work Experience.

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.