Applications for 2019 are now closed. Applications for 2020 will re-open late 2019 / early 2020.

When can I apply for a work experience placement?

Melbourne Health advertises work experience opportunities once each year via the Royal Melbourne Hospital Website. Applications for 2019 have now closed and will reopen at the end of the year / early next year for 2020 placements.

Conditions of participation:

Our program is offered to Year 10-12 secondary school students aged between age 15 and 18. You must be covered by your school’s public liability insurance – you may need to check with your Work Experience Coordinator to confirm whether or not you have this.

I'm not in year 10, 11 or 12. Can I still apply?

No. Our work experience program is only open to students who are 15 - 18 years of age and are currently enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 at an Australian high school.

I have applied for the 2019 work experience program, when will I hear if I have been successful?
Successful applicants will be advised by 11 April 2019 via email. Please regularly check your emails in case we require more information from you.

How can I check the status of my application?

There is no option to check the status of an application; we will notify you of the outcome of your application by 11 April 2019 via email.

How likely am I to get a placement?

This year we have received over 400 applications. Our program is in high demand and we unfortunately cannot guarantee all students a placement, due to the number of opportunities available. We highly recommend applying for other organization’s work experience programs as well.

How long are work experience placements?

Placements are usually five days – in a 1 week block, between Monday to Friday, hours will vary dependent on the department.

When do placements occur?

Placements will usually occur during May to November each year – depending on department availability.

Do I get to pick what I do and where I go?

We encourage you to provide your top 3 department preferences and a reason for your preferences so that we can match the successful applicants with their preferred department, however spaces fill very quickly and are limited.

What paperwork do I need to provide if I am successful?

If your application is successful we will then require you to complete a Work Experience Arrangement form (signed by yourself, your school principal, your parent/guardian) and sign a Melbourne Health Work Experience contract.

Your work experience week


You will be provided with information on what time to meet and where to go on the first day via email prior to your placement.

How do I get there?

You will need to organise and meet any costs associated with your travel to and from the location of the work experience placement. Schools may choose to provide transport for you. You should ask your Work Experience Coordinator about travel arrangements.


While it will depend on the department you are placed. Most of the placements will be based at The Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus.


You can bring your own lunch and refreshments however there are coffee shops and the hospital food hall if you wish to purchase food.


Business casual clothing with closed shoes recommended.


All students will participate in a safety and site induction session upon arrival on their first day.

Have questions during your placement?

Please contact your supervisor of the placement or People & Culture.

If I am not successful for the program this year, can I apply next year?

Yes of course, as long as you are still a high school students in years 10 – 12 between 15 and 18.