Work Experience Placements for School Students - Queensland


This support service is provided:

  • to forge stronger links between education and industry
  • to prepare students for the demands and expectations of the workplace and become more informed and better skilled future employees; and
  • to help students make informed career decisions by assessing their aptitudes and interests, and exploring potential careers.

Businesses gain promotional opportunities throughout their community.

Students who are at least 14 years old and who are enrolled in an educational establishment are eligible to undertake work experience for up to 30 days per year, without pay, to gain experience in the workplace. These placements are highly recommended though not a mandatory part of the curriculum.

The school usually nominates a staff member as the key contact officer or work experience coordinator.

The direct experience in a workplace assists students to make connections between the world of work and their learning in school.

There are four models of work experience placements:

  • structured work placements
  • work sampling
  • work shadowing
  • research work experience.

Structured workplace placements refer to those placements that are part of a VET in schools program, and take place in a workplace or simulated workplace and are structured, monitored, regulated and assessed.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

The school principal is responsible for ensuring that the workplace into which a student is to be placed is without risk to the health and safety of the student.

The employer at the worksite has an obligation to ensure workplace health and safety.

Refer to the Education (Work Experience) Act 1996.

Additional information

Policy is implemented by schools. WorkCover and public liability insurance are arranged by the Department of Education.

A Work Experience Agreement must be completed before the commencement of the work experience placement.

Administering agency

Department of Education

State Schools

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Work Experience Placement for School Students

State Schools

Department of Education

Operating address: Floor 15
Education House
30 Mary Street
Brisbane, Queensland, 4000
Mailing address: PO BOX 15033
City East, Queensland 4002
Phone: 07 3513 5976
Website: Student work experience information page (Opens in new window)