Work Experience

Work experience at the Victorian Parliament

Whether you’re interested in politics, planting trees, law-making or baking, your work experience placement at the Parliament of Victoria will be an experience you’ll remember. This is a unique opportunity to undertake a one-week placement in either a Parliamentary Sitting or Parliamentary Services program in Term 1 or Term 2, 2022.

Parliamentary Sitting placements provide the opportunity to see the law-making process up close. Students will go behind the scenes with the staff who directly support Parliament sittings, to get a deeper understanding of our democratic processes. Find out more.

Parliamentary Services placements offer a variety of opportunities that can be matched with a broad range of student interests and career goals. Students will have the option to work with staff in one of the many professional service areas that support the day-to-day business of Parliament. Find out more.

(If you are interested in a placement with a member of Parliament, please contact the member's office directly.)

 

 

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Requirements

To participate, you must be 15 years or older at the time of placement AND be a Victorian resident studying year 10 or 11 at a Victorian secondary school.

How to apply

You’re invited to submit an expression of interest that will tell us about your career goals, your current areas of study and what you’d hope to get out of a work experience placement at the Victorian Parliament.

This process will take you about 10 minutes to complete. You will need to complete the form in one session because you can’t save an incomplete form and return to it later. To help you prepare to complete the form, you can read the questions here.

Key dates

  • 11 October 2021 —  Applications open
  • 19 November 2021 —  Applications close for placements in Terms 1 & 2, 2022
  • 27 May 2022 —  Applications close for placements in Terms 3 & 4, 2022

Selection process

A limited number of placements are available, and selections will be based on best fit with the experiences on offer.

We are also committed to selecting students from a range of metropolitan and regional schools, as well as from government, independent and Catholic schools.

We will let you know the outcome of your Expression of Interest within 3 weeks of the closing dates.

 

Submit your expression of interest here

 

Work experience at the Victorian Parliament

About the Parliament Sitting program

This program is offered during the weeks when Parliament is sitting (meeting). The 2022 sitting days will be published as soon as they are available. This program is suitable for students interested in politics, economics and/or legal studies. There is also a customer service component of this program in supporting MPs and visitors to Parliament. During this placement, you will work with staff who directly support the sittings such as:

  • The Clerk’s Office, which provides advice to the Speaker and other members of Parliament
  • Procedure and Table Offices, the information hub on procedure and how the Assembly works
  • Committees, who research issues and Bills being considered by Parliament
  • Hansard and Broadcast teams, who produce the written record and the live webstream to share what happens in Parliament
  • Tours and Customer Service, who assist members when they are in the chamber and deliver visitor and outreach programs.

 Examples of the tasks and activities you might be involved in include:

  • Setting up the Chambers for sitting days
  • Preparing documents used in the Chamber
  • Assisting with visitor registration

 There may also be an opportunity to meet with your local Member of Parliament.

 

Work experience at the Victorian Parliament

About the Parliamentary Services program

This program is offered in both sitting and non-sitting weeks. There are different options available across different professional service areas that support the day-to-day business of Parliament. When completing your expression of interest form you can select two preferences from these options:

Business Management: areas such as Human Resources, Learning and Development, Pay Services, and Information Technology. If you are interested in a career in human resource management, payroll, industrial relations, occupational health and safety, information technology, and/or web design, this is the program for you.

Facilities Management and Maintenance: a dedicated team who oversee the maintenance and upkeep of Parliament House and its surrounding garden spaces. If you are interested in a career in any of the building trades, horticulture, greenskeeping, gardening, security, and/or building and project management, this is the program for you. If you are applying for this stream you must wear suitable clothing for working outdoors including steel cap boots, long pants and a hat. Safety gear such as goggles, earmuffs and gloves will be provided for you to use during your placement.

Community Engagement and Broadcasting: these two teams undertake a range of work to connect the community with the work of Parliament. If you are interested in a career in journalism, professional writing, communications, education, broadcast media, working with community organisations and/or events, this is the program for you.

Hospitality (Kitchen): this diverse team runs events, catering programs as well as Strangers Corridor and Sessions Café at Parliament House. If you are interested in a career in hospitality or event management and want real world experience in a working café and kitchen, this is the program for you.

Parliament of Victoria will do its best to have placements available across the different areas of professional service, however, from time to time a placement in a particular area may not be possible.

 

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Find out more

For more information about the Parliamentary Sitting program, please contact
Brenda Kittelty on (03) 9651 8556 or email serjeant-at-arms@parliament.vic.gov.au

For more information about the Parliamentary Services program, please contact 
Yasmina Khayat on (03) 8682 2629 or email learning@parliament.vic.gov.au