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Work experience, traineeships and employment schemes

Learn about the work experience and employment opportunities for tertiary and secondary school students.

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.
  • Tertiary Placement Program (TPP) – designed for tertiary students.

Victoria Police is also involved in the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) along with the Graduate Recruitment Scheme. Further information on these programs can be found below.

Victoria Police Work Experience Program (secondary students)

The Victoria Police 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 divisions where they will have the opportunity to observe and learn from our police officers, Protective Services Officers, Protective Custody Officers and Victorian Public Service (VPS) personnel.

Students 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.


  • are available from March until November each year.
  • take place for one week only (five consecutive business days).
  • cannot be scheduled during a week that contains a public holiday.
  •  intakes are run via a ballot process, the first intake is for Term 1-2, then the second intake is for Term 3-4.

Placements outside these times will not be arranged.

How to Participate

Registrations are to be submitted by careers teachers only. Careers teachers registered for the program will receive a survey for an intake and register their school, not nominating a student at this stage.

Schools with multiple campuses across various suburbs may register per campus. Victoria Police run a ballot process on the registered schools for each intake, not on a nominated student. If a school is advised they’re successful in the ballot for an intake, they will then be asked to nominate their preferred student.

If you’re successful in the first intake (Term 1-2), those school won’t be able to register for the next intake (Term 3-4) of that same year. One student per school, per year applies to this program.

Careers teachers can register to receive communications around registrations and upcoming intakes by emailing

Applications are not to be submitted directly to any police station or Victoria Police department; no placements will be arranged outside of this program.

Successful students will be required to attend a fingerprinting appointment in due course.

Further instructions on this process will be provided to careers teachers directly.

If you have any questions pertaining to any of the above information or if you would like more information regarding the program, please email us directly at:

Our Work Experience Coordinator will respond to your enquiry in a timely manner. If you would like to know if your school is on our distribution list, or if you would like to update/change your schools contact information, please feel free to contact us.

Tertiary placement program (tertiary students) 

The aim of the Tertiary Placement Program (TPP) is the personal and professional development of the tertiary student through practical experience, ongoing support, and challenges that are received from the Placement Tutor. Placements are to provide opportunities for tertiary students to develop their abilities, and to gain confidence as a result. Placements in this program run for up to 3 months and require students to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • currently in tertiary studies
  • have a compulsory placement requirement as part of their tertiary studies
  • have appropriate insurance coverage (provided by tertiary provider), and
  • be either an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.

All placements are arranged directly between the student and the station or division that will host the placement. 

Victoria Police will try to accommodate TPP requests however unfortunately it is not always possible. The decision if a student is able to participate in a placement falls to the Officer in in Charge /division head of the station/division.

Visit Forensics Services for placement information within this department.  

For more information or if you have had your placement approved to proceed please email:

Graduate recruitment scheme

Victoria Police participates in the VPS Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS).

VPS GRADS is a comprehensive development scheme that offers graduates work experiences with variety, opportunity and challenge. VPS GRADS is managed centrally by the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) on behalf of VPS departments and agencies.

The scheme is made up of six streams:

  • Generalist
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economic Consultancy
  • Data Analytics
  • Project Delivery
  • Law and Legal

Throughout the GRADS year, graduates participate in compulsory learning, development and assessments designed to induct graduates into government employment and up skill them for their career in the public service.

For further information on how to apply for the GRADS program please visit Graduates Victoria.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

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 must:

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

For more information about the YES Program please visit Youth Central.

Alternatively, email

*Victoria Police does not offer volunteer work or internships.


Reviewed 02 August 2021


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