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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.
The minimum age for work experience is 14. If you are over 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.

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).

All Other States

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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