Work experience

Work experience applications are now closed for the year and will reopen in mid-January 2021.

As a major employer in the Cairns region, Council recognises the value of students gaining practical, meaningful work experience in a large and diverse organisation.

Students undertaking studies at secondary school, TAFE or university can apply to undertake work experience.  Participants gain an insight into local government and on-the-job experience linked to their course requirements or school career program.

We are committed to providing work experience whenever possible however not all requests can be accepted. Placements are subject to Council’s operational requirements and availability of resources to provide effective on-the-job experience, as well as workplace health and safety requirements, special licensing requirements and demand for placements.

Council offers work experience within various disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Business
  • Construction
  • Customer Service
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Event management
  • Finance
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Libraries
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Mechanical
  • Planning
  • Plumbing

Eligibility for work experience

To be eligible to undertake work experience at Council, you must be:

  • at least 15 years of age
  • enrolled with an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognised higher education, vocational education and training (VET), or school.  (Note: placements for tertiary students will only be considered where it is a course requirement.)
  • covered by personal accident and public liability insurance (through your school, university, TAFE or registered training organisation).
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident of Australia or have an entitlement to work visa

Depending on the type of work experience, some compulsory minimum qualifications or requirements may apply before placement. These may include a general construction safety (white) card or supply of own personal protective equipment (PPE).

General placement information

All work experience placements are unpaid and voluntary.

The maximum duration for a placement depends on the type of work experience program and Council’s ability to accommodate the request within operational requirements. Example:

  • Work experience - 1 day per week for 5 weeks or 1 week of full time placement.
  • TAFE and University placements - 1 day per week for 2 semesters.

Apply for work experience: expression of interest

To register your interest in undertaking unpaid work experience with Cairns Regional Council, fill out our online enquiry form below and upload your resume.

You must apply at least four (4) weeks before you want to start work experience.

This is an expression of interest only, not an application for a specific placement.  An officer from Council’s Human Resources department will contact you within 2 business days after you submit your form.

* Fields are compulsory, other fields are optional.

About you

Learning Institution

Learning institution *
eg, Grade 11, first year
Only required for TAFE, VET and University students

Placement Requirements

What discipline/s would you like to gain experience in?*
Start date for placement (preferred option)
Start date for placement (second option)
Maximum 4MB file size. Word, Excel, PDF or image files only.
Maximum 4MB file size. Word, Excel, PDF or image files only.


Declaration *
I declare that the above information is correct at the time of submission. If any details change, I will advise Council in writing. I will provide proof of citizenship or legal entitlement to work in Australia if required.

Last updated: 19 January 2021