Department of Defence Work Experience Program – Army, Navy and Air Force!

The Department of Defence employs more than 20,000 people in a range of critical positions Australia wide enabling our three services – Navy, Army and Air Force – to do their job. 

There are around 350 jobs to choose from in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), in just about every field you can think of –  the ADF offers one of the most diverse range of careers in the country, and  pays you to study for your qualifications.

The Defence Work Experience Program provides young Australians interested in Defence as a future career the opportunity to sample life  in the Army, Navy or Air Force and learn more about the exciting career opportunities available with the ADF and the Australian Public Service (APS).

Work experience with Defence can provide you with  with opportunities to develop and gain confidence through meaningful, interactive and informative placements that will give you a taste of what a career in the Australian Army, Navy or Air Force could be like.

The Defence Work Experience Program is an inclusive program for all Australian students at a secondary school, university, TAFE or other places of education. Students participating in Defence work experience placements must be at least 15 years of age at the time of the placement, and Australian citizens or permanent residents. All reasonable steps will be taken to include any person whose individual circumstances may necessitate special considerations to allow participation.

What's available, and how to apply

There are currently many exciting work experience placements on offer all around Australia. To view the placements available in each State, visit the Defence Careers website and select ‘Current work experience placements’ from the menu.

Applying for the Defence Work Experience Program is easy! Go to the Defence website at and follow the instructions to apply online.  Further information about the program and what it offers is also available on the website. 

New placements are made available regularly throughout the year, so if you don't see something that interests you right now – bookmark the website and check for updates later.