Work Placements in Australia

Gain valuable work experience and visit highlights like the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island!

Advance your career in Business, Communications, Finance, Hospitality, Human Resources, IT, Marketing, Media, Sports and more by joining our Australia internships programme!

Your internship placement

Australia is a welcoming, laidback and friendly country, with famous beaches and busy cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Experience everything it has to offer with one of our Australia placements.

Arranging your own placement in Australia can be daunting and difficult from the other side of the world. However, we make the process smooth and simple.

We arrange high quality placements with a range of businesses and luxury hotels. You could choose a marketing placement and work in an elite agency or assist, develop and plan events at a local hotel. These and many other choices are yours.

After offering you a place on our Australia programme, we will match your skills and previous experience to the most suitable employers to ensure you get the best placement possible. This personal approach means you receive the experience and training you want and the host company receives someone with the skills they need.

Placements vary in length between 2 to 12 months, and start dates are flexible.

Hospitality placements 

Our hospitality placements in Australia are open to university students, recent graduates and those working in the hospitality industry who want support arranging a paid placement in Australia.

You could be studying, or have graduated from a related degree (Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Tourism, Hotel Management etc). Alternatively you could be studying Business or Languages and have experience of working in the hospitality industry. 

If you’re a graduate you should have at least 6 months’ work experience in the hospitality industry and want to gain some international experience to help develop your future career and make your CV stand out. 

Hospitality placements are available with global luxury hotel chains or small boutique hotels.

Roles include: Banqueting, Culinary Arts, Events & Catering, Food service & bar, Front Office & Guest services, Restaurant management, Sommelier. 

Business placements

Australia offers the widest variety of Business placements from all our destinations.

Opportunities are primarily available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Your placement will be tailored to your degree subject and preferences. If you are required to complete a university placement report you may be given time to work on this but it’s not guaranteed. Sometimes these projects must be done in your own time. 

Business placements are available to students and recent graduates of Business-related degrees including:


  • Business / Management
  • Facility Management
  • Film / TV  
  • Finance / Accounting
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • IT
  • Law
  • Logistics / Distribution
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Technology / Engineering / Electrical

Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements 

Want to live the dream of living in Australia and working outdoors in the sunshine?

Our Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia could be ideal!

You could be studying, or have graduated from a related degree (for example, Sports Management, Sports & Exercise Science, Leisure Management, Tourism Management) and want to gain practical experience dealing directly with customers while doing a range of different work tasks.

Send us your CV today and we’ll tell you what opportunities you’re eligible for. 

Short summer placements

Are you looking for a 2 or 3 month business placement in Australia to complete during your university summer holiday?

In addition to our longer placements, we also arrange business placements for 2 or 3 months in Australia every summer. This enables you to gain real life business experience and enjoy some travel down under without taking a full placement year.

Just to be clear, we’re not talking about working in a bar or cafe like most organisations arrange.

Our programme is for people who want to work in professional businesses and boost their CV with experience in areas such as Sales & Marketing, Finance & accounting, HR, Hospitality, IT, Event Management, Public Relations. You’ll have evenings and weekends off to enjoy exploring Australia but we believe your placement should compliment your degree and develop your skills. 

Also unlike most other organisations, our short summer placements include your accommodation and food (2 meals per day). Why spend time and stress arranging accommodation when you could be learning new skills at work or enjoying your time off? We include this in the price and make sure the location is convenient for your placement. 

Our Short Summer Placements are packaged to include:

  • Placement which is tailor-made to your requirements and preferences
  • Accommodation
  • Food (breakfast & dinner)
  • Airport transfers on arrival
  • Full orientation briefing
  • Comprehensive insurance including travel, health & personal liability cover
  • Visa support
  • Flight assistance
  • Full pre-trip information
  • Support from our friendly staff before & during trip
  • 24/7 emergency back-up
  • A trip to the Blue Mountains!
  • Certificate of completion
  • References

Price: Registration fee £195 + £2,595 for 2 months, or £3,295 for 3 months.

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We keep our application process simple to make it fast, secure and easy for you and us.

Professional training

We ensure your training experience in Australia is professionally managed.

You will have a local work supervisor. This is your main daily contact for any queries about the job role you may have. They will ensure your work schedule is prepared, and you will be given your own tasks and responsibilities to help develop your career skills.

If you work hard and impress your colleagues you may be offered opportunities you never expected. Participants can also be offered further work opportunities at the end of their placement.

Health and safety

Your safety is our first priority.

All our placements are checked before you arrive and if you join as part of your degree, we will help ensure that your university health and safety documents are checked and signed by your host company.

This means your university is able to verify the work placement meets their criteria. We work directly with universities on this.

We also work with a great insurance provider, who offer a comprehensive working holiday travel insurance policy. We will share this information with you to make you feel at ease during your trip.

Got a Question? Contact us Find out more

We are here to answer your questions. Send us a message or call us on +44 (0)1273 710569.

How do I apply? 

It’s easy and quick!

Complete our short application form including uploading your CV and Cover Letter. Please clearly state in your Cover Letter that you are interested in paid placements in Australia. 

Got more questions? Send us a message!

Visiting the Yellow Mountains during time off from a hospitality placement in China

Orientations & Staff support

Due to Australia’s enormous size we don’t have our own offices spread across the country so our placements are closely supported from here in Europe.

If you want some extra support on arrival, then choose from one of our Arrival Packages. These are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane for an additional fee. They include airport transfers on arrival to your hostel, 5 nights of hostel accommodation, free hostel activities (competitions, beach walks etc), local activities and trips based on your location, free internet and some meals. 

This can be the perfect way to arrive and get settled, make new friends and have a base to use for finding your permanent accommodation before starting work. Contact Us for details. 

Our UK staff will be in frequent contact with you before your trip while we make all the arrangements for your placement in Australia. They will also keep in touch with you throughout your trip and are always available to talk and give advice and support on Skype or by email. 

What you pay for

We charge a £195 registration fee to ensure your commitment to the programme. This is 100% refundable if we can’t arrange a suitable placement.

For your bespoke Australia placement, you will also pay a Placement Fee of £1,195 and you should budget for flights, visa, insurance, accommodation & food. You will receive a small local salary which helps towards the cost of your accommodation & food. 

If you would like advice on the best flights then we are happy to provide a quote. We will assist your visa application.

Some universities provide insurance on a university insurance policy so it’s worth checking before buying your own.

Placement Year International arranges and pays for pre-departure support, orientation on arrival and support and advice throughout your stay, as well as 24-7 emergency help. 


We have hospitality placements available at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels
Tonino Lamborghini

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

"Thank you very much for everything, you found the internship I really wanted."

Gabriela Arevalo, Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS)

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!”

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

"I would really like to thank you for being so involved in finding my internship. It was a great thing to discover your program."

Marko Djukic - Switzerland

Jason Billam - Plymouth University
“I have always wanted to travel with my work, and experience different cultures and lifestyles. China is now a place with so much to offer due to its phenomenal growth in the last few decades.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

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