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 sporting nations. Sports and leisure activities run through many aspects of Ozzie life so where better to kick start your career and gain related experience.

Sports, leisure and recreation placements in Australia are available with a variety of different types of organisation; from sports clubs focussing on one particular type of sport, to leisure centres offering a diverse range of sports activities for young and old, and even sports events companies.

Our colleagues in Australia will match you to the most suitable organisation 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 sports, leisure & recreation 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. 

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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.

Please see our main Prices & what’s included page for full information.

We’ll give you advice about the flight prices, airlines and routes and we’ll assist with your visa application.

If you join as part of your degree, check if your university will provide insurance before buying your own – some have a university insurance policy covering international placements.

As many Australia placements are currently unpaid (or only paid a small stipend) we can arrange your placement for 4 or 3 days a week if you want to get a part-time job on the side. Having a part-time job 1 or 2 days a week normally provides enough money to cover your living costs.

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!

Send your CV and Cover Letter to us using our short application form.

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

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“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

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Notice about placements for 2022 


Due to the continued unpredictability over international travel and border restrictions we have taken the decision to stop accepting new inquiries until May 2022, except Australia Virtual internships which continue to be available wherever in the world you live. 

If you want to start a placement or internship from September 2022 onwards, please submit your CV on our Apply Now page and we’ll contact you in May 2022 to discuss options. 

We continue to support all our interns who have already joined us.

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