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Work Experience

Home ed kids can undertake work experience.

Victoria

  • You or your parent approach an employer and set it up with them. The Victorian Dept of Education’s work experience page contains information and a form which you can use or members can use HEN’s work experience form.
  • There is a Safe@Work module we recommend students complete before undertaking work experience.
  • For students aged under 15, it is necessary for the employer to have a ‘child employment permit‘ and for anyone working directly with the child to have ‘working with children’ permit.
  • Minimum age: 14.
  • You can do work experience for up to 10 days a term and no more than 40 days per year. Legally, you can’t work for more than 10 days in one work experience placement. Youth Central has more info on pay, work type and limitations.
  • There are specific requirements for dealing with dangers and hazards in various industries (e.g. automotive or working with animals) and we need time to ensure all those are met

Insurance: 

  • Schools are required to have $10 million in public liability insurance in order for students to undertake work experience. The Education Department advises that it is not necessary for home educators to take out Work Experience Insurance because ‘home schools’ are not included in the definition of ‘schools’ in the Education Act.
  • If the student is paid a minimum of $5 per day, they are covered by WorkCover. WorkSafe is the Victorian statutory body which enforces Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, and provides WorkCover insurance. Any queries on WorkCover  should be directed there.
  • Students are also covered by the public liability insurance on the workplace.
  • The Public Liability insurance attached to some home and contents insurance policies includes cover for volunteer work in the community – check your policy
  • Both paid and unpaid work experience for HEN students can be covered under our insurance policy. Email work-experience@home-ed.vic.edu.au to have the work experience form sent to you. We can usually rush the paperwork through for you within a week but do appreciate more time if possible (remember we are volunteers).

NSW

  • You can set up work experience yourself and your homeschool inspector, moderator or authorised person may be able to assist. You may find the Victorian resources above useful, or search the website of your state education department for resources.
  • HEN’s insurance can cover both paid and unpaid work experience for HEN students.
  • Minimum age 14 years.
  • Employers are required to have a WWCC is required for work experience involving any student aged under 18.
  • There are extra requirements for any industry with specific dangers/hazards (e.g. automotive, working with animals).  Please allow time to clear up any details BEFORE undertaking the work experience.
  • Work experience for students of 14 years of age may not be conducted outside the hours of 7.00am to 6.00pm, nor in school holidays.
  • Email work-experience@home-ed.vic.edu.au to have the work experience form sent to you. We can usually rush the paperwork through for you within a week but do appreciate more time if possible (remember we are volunteers).

All Other States

  • HEN’s insurance can cover work experience in any state but the rules vary from state to state. Please send your paperwork in with time to clear up any details. Be aware there are specific requirements for any industry with specific dangers/hazards (e.g. automotive, working with animals).
  • You can set up work experience yourself and your homeschool inspector, moderator or authorised person may be able to assist. You may find the Victorian resources above useful, or search the website of your state education department for resources.
  • Both paid and unpaid work experience for HEN students can be covered under our insurance policy. Email work-experience@home-ed.vic.edu.au to have the work experience form sent to you. We can usually rush the paperwork through for you within a week but do appreciate more time if possible (remember we are volunteers).
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