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Important Notice – COVID-19

As a result of the changing COVID-19 situation and the many challenges and risks this possess, all national work experience placements scheduled to occur during August and September 2020 have been cancelled.

Defence has taken this unprecedented step to protect their members and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to the wider community. This decision is not something we take lightly, however, the health and safety of our whole community is important to us as we don’t want to put anyone at risk, despite how disappointing these cancellations maybe.

We encourage you to keep an eye this website regarding the status of future work experience opportunities. The Defence Work Experience Program apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciates your understanding in this matter.

For more information visit the Defence COVID-19 website with the most updated COVID-19 information.


Defence is committed to providing a national work experience program designed to:

  • demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within Defence;
  • ease the transition of students into the workplace; and
  • contribute to the development of the skills of young Australians.

Please Note: The Defence Work Experience Program offers unpaid work experience for students residing in Australia.

See the exciting work experience placements that are on offer.

If you have any queries or feedback in relation to the Defence Work Experience Program please send them to the following address:

Email: Defence.WorkExperienceProgram@defence.gov.au




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