Work experience placement program

This program assists participants in securing full-time employment. This in return will have benefits for our community by encouraging members to seek employment locally.

All experience counts

Council acknowledges the advantages of participating in work experience placement programs. The program allows participants to gain real life experience by working for an employer on a voluntary basis while still at school, studying a tertiary education course, or bridging skills for overseas qualified professionals.

The program assists participants in securing paid full-time employment and benefits the community by encouraging people to seek employment locally. The program also strengthens the relationship between the Council and the participating organisations, educational institutions and individuals.

This program deals specifically with requests for work experience placements from the following organisations:

  • Universities
  • TAFE
  • Schools
  • Disability Units of Employment Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Providers
  • The wider community
  • Other

What is the difference between work experience and work placement?

Work experience is unpaid on-the-job training for the purpose of gaining the necessary skills and experience to enter the workforce. Work placement is different because the individual is a student studying recognised vocational courses and is coming to us to enhance the skills they learned in the classroom.

This applies to those undertaking secondary or tertiary study.

Cumberland City Council welcomes all work experience/placement requests.


  • The period of work experience/placement for any one participant is negotiable - depending on the needs and ability of both the participant and the section.
  • There is usually only one program available at any one time within each department of Council.
  • Work experience/placement requests will be considered in the order that they are received, unless organised through specific and ongoing programs.
  • Work experience/placement requests from individuals who are connected with a university, school, TAFE, disability unit of an employment agency, migrant unit of an employment agency or a rehabilitation provider must provide insurance documentation from their institution to be considered.
  • Anyone who is not considered a current school leaver is considered a mature age student and will not require insurance documentation if they are not requesting work experience placements through an organisation as identified above.
  • Where an individual requires any reasonable adjustments to undertake their work experience/placement with Council, this can be discussed and negotiated with the individual, agency and HR team at Cumberland City Council.


In order to determine an applicant’s suitability, please complete the work experience application form.

You will need to include your resume outlining your skills, experience, and ability. If you are requesting work experience/placement as part of your studies, please also attach your institution’s insurance/indemnity documentation covering you for your requested duration of work experience/placement.

Further information

For further information, call Customer Service on 02 8757 9000 between 8:00am and 4:30pm weekdays.