Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia

Use your skills and gain international experience on a Sports, Leisure & Recreation placement in Australia.

Known for it’s active lifestyle, Australia is a great destination if you want to get involved with Sports, Leisure & Recreation activities during your travels. 

Your Sports, Leisure & Recreation placement in Australia

Australia is one of the world’s top tourist destinations with attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Sydney Opera House. Australia’s hospitality industry is well established and offers all types of accommodation from simple back-packers hostels to 5 star hotels. 

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

Hospitality placements in Australia are available with global luxury hotel chains, small boutique hotels, backpackers hostels and everything in between according to your preferences, skills and previous experience. 

Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia
Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia

Who can join our Australia Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements?

Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia are available to university students, recent graduates and those already working in the sports and leisure industry back home. Accepted degrees include: 

  • Sports Management
  • Sport Development
  • Coaching Sciences
  • Sports psychology 

If you have a different background then please email your CV to so we can check your eligibility. 

Professional training

We ensure your training experience in Australia is professionally managed.

Australia is one of the best destinations in terms of training and supervision at the placement. You will Skype with your host company before arriving in Australia to check everyone’s expectations are realistic and they’ll ensure your training schedule is prepared and ready to go when you arrive. They will give you regular feedback on your work which should help to 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.

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


You can either choose to live with a local Australian family or in your own rented apartment.

Some interns like the home comforts and support of a host family, especially while they’re settling into life in Australia. Other people prefer the independence of living in their own apartment or sharing with other interns. We can give advice about both options.

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Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia

Orientations & Staff support

You will receive an orientation on arrival and ongoing support from our in-country representatives in Sydney.

Our UK staff will be in frequent contact with you before your trip while we make all the arrangements for your hospitality 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, Whatsapp or by email.

If you join as part of your degree we will also communicate directly with your university Placement Office or Employability Office when necessary.

Health and safety

Your safety is our first priority. 

We complete comprehensive checks 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 Sports, Leisure & Recreation placement in Australia. 

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. 

Placement Year International - Hospitality placements in Australia
Placement Year International - Sports, Leisure & Recreation placements in Australia

Prices & what’s included

It’s important to be clear what you’ll pay and receive in return.

We charge a £200 Acceptance Fee to ensure your commitment to the programme and a Placement Fee of £1,600. This is 100% refundable if we can’t arrange a suitable placement.

In addition, you should budget for flights, visa, insurance, accommodation & food. Most students receive a monthly stipend which helps towards the cost of your accommodation & food and it’s fine to do your placement 4 days a week if you want to get a part-time job on the side to earn some extra cash 1 or 2 days a week. 

If you would like advice on the best flights then we are happy to provide a quote. We will also assist you with 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 and support and advice throughout your stay in Australia, as well as 24-7 emergency assistance.

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 which destination and type of placement you are interested in.

Got more questions? Send us a message!

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."

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Jason Billam - Plymouth University
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Jason Billam - Plymouth University

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Many of our destinations are currently affected by international travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We expect these restrictions to gradually start lifting in 2021 so if you want to start a placement after 1st January 2021 please submit your CV and covering letter on this page and we will contact you to arrange an interview. Your booking will be covered by our Covid-19 guarantee.

If you are looking for a placement starting before January 2021, we have a range of Virtual placements and internships which are available immediately. Find out more here

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