Work experience and SWL

We offer 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 2022

COVID-19 has affected the delivery of our student placement programs and in 2020 and 2021 most placements were cancelled. This page will be updated when new information becomes available about the status of our programs for 2022.

You can check the current status and apply for the following 2022 programs:

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) program

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


Limited places are available for 2022 subject to any relevant Covid-19 related restrictions.

Application closing date

From now until November 5th, 2021. 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.


The Work Experience program for 2022 is yet to be confirmed, as it requires the approval of both the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the relevant Austin Health staff.

Application closing date

From now until November 5th only. See: How to apply.

Next steps

An update will be sent to applicants in early 2022 advising of whether the program will proceed and any relevant updates or restrictions.

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.


The Indigenous Careers in Health Program has not been confirmed for 2022 (and usually runs on a fixed date).

Next steps

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

You will be contacted with updates in 2022.

How to apply

Students must be over the age of 15 at the time of their placement.

  1. Download the secondary student application form below (available in Word or PDF formats).

  2. Complete all school and personal details and indicate clearly:

    • your preferred area or department for placement (list up to three)
    • dates available (note placements are offered in block weeks only)
    • the program for which you are applying; SWL, Work Experience, Indigenous Careers Program.

  3. If you require assistance with completing this form, consult your Careers Coordinator or community leader.

  4. Send your completed application form to

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.