Unpaid Work Experience Information

Gaining workplace experience is important for students, allowing them to make industry connections and develop their work-related technical and transferable skills.

Important criteria for offering unpaid co-curricular placement to students and to comply with the University's Terms & Conditions are:

  • Student must be currently enrolled at Curtin University for the duration of the placement
  • Placements are limited to a total of 112.5 hours in length
  • Supervision must be supplied by a staff member of the host organisation
  • The placement must be undertaken at the host organisation's premises (approval for online/virtual placements will be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Students on placements need to be mostly work shadowing and cannot produce any output that will be considered as a duty performed by an employee as they should then get remuneration for the contribution they are making*.

Please take time to read through the Fair Work Ombudsman Information.

* Students on approved training are exempted from this rule. e.g. Legal students who are on meaningful work that satisfies the Practical Legal Training (PLT) Law Admissions Consultative Committee requirements, i.e.:

  • legal or law-related work that includes most or all of the following –
    • significant interaction with external or in-house clients;
    • drafting documents;
    • legal research;
    • using a file management system.


  • Curtin University and its employees will not be held responsible or accountable for actions and agreements arising between your organisation and students from this placement.
  • Should Curtin University know of any unlawful actions between parties, Curtin Student Development reserves the right to reject future advertisements and deny access to the system from your organisation.


Insurance coverage is available for co-curricular unpaid work experience. Students undertaking an unpaid placement are covered by Curtin University’s Personal Accident insurance policy.

Students are encouraged to either search for unpaid work experience via UniHub or contact a company directly to register their interest in undertaking a placement. Once the student has completed their pre-placement professional development modules and has applied for insurance coverage prior to placement start, you will receive an email with the following information:

1Guidelines for host organisations for unpaid work experience

2. Two forms to be completed

  • Curtin Careers & Employment Fieldwork Agreement (once submitted is valid for two years) 
  • The Co-curricular Placement information form with the details of the placement. and confirmation of risk assessment form.

The Fieldwork Agreement is an agreement between the Host Organisation and Curtin University's agent - Curtin Student Development. The submission of this agreement works to ensuring the rights and responsibilities of all parties.

These forms, along with the details of the placement are stored on UniHub, where the information can be easily retrieved by Curtin staff in case of any issues during the placement.

Once you have submitted the required forms, you will receive a confirmation email with Curtin’s Certificates of Currency for Insurance coverage for the student.

If you would like further information regarding our procedures, please do not hesitate to contact the Recruit Curtin team on 08 9266 5627 or email recruitcurtin@curtin.edu.au

Other Engagement Opportunity - iPREPWA

Western Australian universities are always looking for local Business/Industry partners to host PhD students to undertake project work under a scheme called iPREPWA (Industry and PhD Research Engagement Program, Western Australia).

iPREPWA is managed collaboratively by the five universities in WA (Curtin, ECU, Murdoch, UNDA, UWA), who have banded together to form a group called AWARE (Advanced Western Australia Research Education). The project duration is 6 weeks, and the host organisation provides a project/problem and selects a team of three suitable PhD students from a pool of applicants, who then work on the project based at the workplace. PhD students are eligible if they have either submitted their thesis for examination, or, they are Domestic-enrolled PhD candidates who have Confirmation of Candidature and have consumed at least 2 EFTSL (2 years equivalent of study).

To find out more about iPREP and how to become an industry partner in future project rounds, please visit http://www.iprep.edu.au/industry. Alternatively contact the iPREP coordinator based at ECU, Narelle Jones iprepwa@ecu.edu.au or the Curtin contact, Tania Lerch t.lerch@curtin.edu.au, phone 9266 4366.