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RTO Code: 3113 CRICOS Code: 00124K (Melbourne) 02475D (Sydney)
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Getting ready for Fieldwork

We work closely with industry so that you can succeed where it counts: in the workplace. Through placements you will gain practical work experience in a trade, industry or profession as you study. These pages will let you know what to expect when you are on placement.

If you are looking for a job or career advice, visit out career services for students page.

You can also browse external internships and other opportunities.



Glenys Adams

Field Education Coordinator – Community Services

Victoria Polytechnic

Footscray Nicholson campus


T: 9919.1173


Students Fieldwork Experiences



Selena completed one of her fieldwork placements at Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal Project. This practical experience provided  her with relevant professional skills, and upon completion of  placement she was offered ongoing employment. Since graduating from the course, Selena is now employed as a Case Manager with Vincent Care.

Read more about Selena's experience in the attached story below. 

Mgcini Dube

Mgcini completed one of his placements at bapcare in Moonee Ponds. This placement provided Mgcini with a greater understanding of the Out of Home care sector and also practical experience in how to write accurate case notes and reports. One of the many positive outcomes of the placement was that Mgcini gained casual work at Bapcare. 

Read more about these students experiences in the attached story's below


Fieldwork Opportunities

FOODpath project 2014: Partnership between VU Centre for Cultural Diversity & Wellbeing, Foodbank Victoria, Yarraville and African Australian Community Centre, Footscray

Every year Community Services offers a range of options for professional practical (Fieldwork) experience. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, fieldwork placements in the following types of organisations:

  • Not-for-profit agencies that support  people who:
    • are experiencing homeless
    • have recently arrived in Australia
    • have mental health issues
    • have issues with alcohol or other drugs
    • have legal issues
    • are same sex attracted, inter-sex, trans or gender diverse
  • Co-located services/hubs (where many  services, including employment and training services, are all located together in one building)
  • Alternative education (working with people whose learning styles do not fit within mainstream schools)
  • Local government 
  • Diversion programs
  • Recreation and outdoor adventure programs or camps
  • Counselling Services

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