Work experience program – Incentives for employers, Opportunities for jobseekers!

The National Work Experience Program places job seekers in real life unpaid work experience placements, helping you to gain real-life experience and knowledge to improve your career prospects.  Placements are available for up to four weeks, to a maximum of 25 hours per week.

Employers willing to offer a work experience placement may be able to receive an incentive payment, and may also be eligible for a wage subsidy if they hire the person/s on completion of the program. 

For jobseekers

The program places you in real workplaces where you can gain the skills, experience and confidence to help you get a job. You'll get the chance to:

  • learn and build skills that employers want, such as teamwork and communication;
  • increase your confidence and feel more ready for work;
  • meet new people and make useful contacts who can be a referee for you when you apply for jobs; and
  • get involved in your local community.

In the program, you will be offered placements with employers for up to four weeks to a maximum of 25 hours per week. You will not be paid for this time in the workplace, however you will receive an extra amount on top of your income support payment (eg Newstart or Youth Allowance). 

If the employer thinks you are a good fit for their business, you may be offered a job with them at the end of the placement.

For employers and business

Being a National Work Experience Program host business provides an opportunity to give a jobseeker an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and confidence – and potentially also find a new employee.  You will be supported by a jobactive provider, who will work closely with you to ensure your needs are met and that a suitable person is chosen for placement in your business. This may include assisting jobseekers to complete any necessary workplace-specific training before commencing, and resolving any issues that come up.

A placement can be undertaken in businesses run for profit, not-for-profit organisations and local, state, territory and Australian government agencies.

An incentive payment of $300 may be available to businesses for hosting a program participant, and employers who offer jobseekers ongoing employment after the placement may also be eligible for a wage subsidy.

More information, and how to get involved

The National Work Experience Program is part of jobactive, which is the Australian Government's way to get more Australians into work.  

jobactive connects employers with jobseekers and support services are delivered by a network of providers in over 1,700 locations across Australia.

For jobseekers

The jobactive website has more information on the program, and how to get in touch with a jobactive provider who can help get you started. Alternatively, you can call the Employment Services Information Line on 13 62 68.

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For employers

You can speak to a jobactive or Transition to Work provider in your area who will help you work out if a work experience placement is right for your business, and find a suitable candidate for your business. 

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Your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help!

Unsure whether work experience is a good option for you as a jobseeker?

Wondering whether a work experience placement would suit your business?

Your local Jobs and Skills Centre can provide advice and assistance.