Victoria Police student placements

Work placement and career options at Victoria Police for high school and tertiary students.

Victoria Police aims to provide meaningful work experience for students interested in a career with us.

Student placement programs will help you learn and gain confidence in a workplace. You will be able to transition from school into the workforce by building your skills through practical experience. 

About Victoria Police student placements

You will have the opportunity to learn from our: 

  • police officers
  • protective services officers (PSOs)
  • protective custody officers (PCOs) and 
  • Victorian Public Service (VPS) employees.

You can expect to:

  • network with members of an organisation that has over 22,000 staff
  • learn about day-to-day operations at a police station or in one of our head offices.

Speak with your careers teacher to see if a placement with Victoria Police is right for you.

There are four types of placement programs designed to help students experience working at Victoria Police: 

Victoria Police Work Experience Program

Our Work Experience Program is aimed at secondary school students considering a career with Victoria Police.

The students will receive placement at participating police stations. 


Structured Workplace Learning Program

Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is a Victoria Police program for secondary school students. 

The program places eligible students at participating police stations, departments or command units. 

The program provides students with the opportunity to:

  • combine practical, on-the-job experience with:
    • the Vocational Education and Training (VET) undertaken as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
    • the VCE Vocational Major or
    • the Victorian Pathways Certificate
  • undertake placement that complements an applied learning program as part of:
    • the VCE Vocational Major or
    • the Victorian Pathways Certificate
    • show the practical application of work-related skills as part of VCE Industry and Enterprise.

This program is managed by the Department of Education and Victoria Police.

Find out more about the policy, guidelines and resources at the Structured Workplace Learning website.

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)

The SBAT program allows secondary students to experience paid part-time training while completing high school. You will receive credits towards your VET qualification.

This program is managed by the Department of Education via their Head Start Program.

Students will work at a police station, department or command. You will be under the supervision of an administration officer or a property officer, as well as the officer-in-charge of the location.


Tertiary Placement Program

The Tertiary Placement Program (TPP) offers personal and professional development for tertiary students.

You will get a placement tutor to support you throughout the program.

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of the employment programs, contact the Talent, Attraction and Programs team at Victoria Police at to