Message from the Chief Commissioner

About Victoria Police

Work experience, traineeships and employment schemes

Release date: Tue 15 July 2008

Last updated: Thu 8 October 2015

Work experience, Tertiary placements & Employment schemes

Victoria Police is committed to offering opportunities for both secondary and tertiary students.

We have two programs designed to assist students in developing their skills and knowledge in their desired career choice and to ease the transition for students into the workplace.

  • Victoria Police Work Experience Program (VPWEP) -designed for secondary students
  • Fieldwork Placement Program (FFP)- designed for tertiary students

Victoria Police is also involved in the Graduate Recruitment Scheme along with the Youth Employment Scheme (YES).

Victoria Police Work Experience Program (Secondary students)

Victoria Police is committed to offering opportunities for secondary students through the Victoria Police Work Experience Program (VPWEP).

Our work experience program provides a fantastic opportunity for high school students considering a career within Victoria Police. Students are placed at participating police stations and departmental units where they will have the opportunity to observe and learn from our police officers, protective services officers and/or VPS personnel.

We offer placements to students who are enrolled at a Victorian secondary school.
The student must be a minimum of 15 years of age at the time of placement and completing Year 10 or above. Placements are only offered to those students studying Year 10, 11 or 12.
The program runs from the third week of February until November each year, placements outside these dates will not be arranged.

Please note, placements take place for one week only (five (5) consecutive business days).

All schools on our distribution list will receive a link to the online work experience portal in August each year. This link will enable careers teachers to nominate a student electronically. Applications will only be considered if all required forms are completed correctly and signed accordingly. Applications are assessed and allocated in order of the date they are received.

Nominations are to be submitted through Careers teachers only, students are not to apply directly. Each school can only nominate one student per year (unless stated otherwise). A nomination of a student does not automatically guarantee a placement.

No placements will be arranged outside of the VPWEP program.

If you have any questions pertaining to any of the above information or if you would like to update/change your schools contact details or are unsure if your school is on our distribution list to receive such information and forms please contact us directly via email at: and we will get back to you. Or alternatively please visit the police careers website where you will find further information about the program along with some frequently asked questions.

Fieldwork Placement Program (Tertiary students)

Through the Fieldwork Placement Program (FPP), Victoria Police endeavours to provide meaningful placements for tertiary students to assist in the field studies component of their qualification.

All placements are arranged directly between the student, tertiary institution and the relevant Officer in Charge of the proposed work location. If you are interested in completing your placement within Victoria Police you will need to make direct contact with the Officer in Charge at the police station or appropriate contact at your desired departmental unit.

If you have any questions pertaining to any of the above information please email us directly at: and a FPP Coordinator will get back to you in a timely manner.

If you are specifically interested in completing your placement within the Forensics Services Department of Victoria Police, visit their webpage for further details..


Graduate Recruitment Scheme

If you would like further information about the Victorian Government Graduate programs please visit the following website:

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

Victoria Police offers a number of placements under the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) Program.

The YES Program is a component of the State Government's suite of workforce participation programs, which aim to strengthen Victorian industries and communities by increasing workforce participation, particularly by assisting people facing significant barriers to employment.

Eligibility Criteria - Trainees

Trainees must:

  • be aged between 15-24 years at the commencement of the traineeship;
  • be unemployed or not working more than 15 hours per week;
  • not currently engaged in tertiary education; and
  • have not attained a certificate 4 or above qualification.

For more information about the YES Program please visit the Youth Central website: or contact the Employment Programs Team at Department of Justice via email:

Volunteer Work

Victoria Police does not offer volunteer work.


Victoria Police does not offer internships.

VPS Recruitment Branch
Human Resource Department
Level 5, Tower 3, Victoria Police Centre
637 Flinders Street


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