Work experience

Work experience
Canterbury Bankstown Council has a strong commitment to place students within our organisation through our Work Experience Program. Work experience canterbury bankstown Canterbury Bankstown Council has a strong commitment to place students within our organisation through our Work Experience Program.


The City of Canterbury Bankstown has a strong commitment to place students within our organisation through our Work Experience Program. We accept students who need to undertake work placements as part of their studies in years 10-12, TAFE and university studies. We also place youths undertaking programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Areas of work experience change each year, but may include:

  • Administration;
  • Civil Design;
  • Asset Management;
  • Human Resources;
  • Records;
  • Communications;
  • Library;
  • Sport and Recreation;
  • Information Technology;
  • Sign Writing;
  • Parks and Gardens; and 
  • Carpentry. 

For work experience vacancies, go to the Careers section of our website.

​Volunteering​ at Council

If you are interested in volunteer work with our B​us​hcare​ or Meals on Wheels​ programs, click on the relevant link and follow the listed instructions. ​​

How do I apply?

Requests for work experience open once throughout the year, for one month each time. Applications need to be submitted online against the appropriate vacancy in order to be considered. If the department you wish to undertake your work placement is not listed, unfortunately that department is unable to take work experience on at this time.

If you would like to apply for work experience, applications will only be accepted and processed during July each year.

Information to include i​n your application

Before the City of Canterbury Bankstown will consider placing students for work experience, the following information must be included in your application:

  • A cover letter, including information of the area you would prefer to work in, the preferred dates of work experience and available hours; 
  • A resume including information relating to you education and any past work experience that has been undertaken; and 
  • A copy of a Pre-Work Experience WHS certificate or WHS General Induction for Construction "White Card" (if the student is intending to do work experience in one of our Trade areas such as carpentry). 

What happens after I apply?

To ensure we can accommodate your request, your application will go to the relevant department for approval. Once applications have been approved, the following must be submitted by the student or educational institution: ​​

  • A letter from the educational institution (school, TAFE, university) on official letterhead confirming the following details:
    • The student's full name, home address, telephone number, emergency contact details;
    • A signed permission slip from a parent/guardian stating permission for their child to undertake work experience (required for school students or persons under 18 years of age); and 
    • Preferred dates of work experience placement.
  • A copy of the insurance coverage (Public Liability).

How long will my application take?

You should be aware that it can take up to six weeks to determine if we can place you on work experience within Council. Please be patient, as we are dealing with many applications throughout the application period.

General Information

  • Priority will be given to:
    • Those that have provided the relevant information requested by Council when work experience positions are advertised; and 
    • Students who attend a school or live, within the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Area.
  • Should any students have any enquiries, problems or questions in relation to their work experience during their placement, ​they should contact the Human Resources Department and we will assist them with their enquiry promptly.
  • We would appreciate it if you would take some time to ensure that the students are willing and interested in their chosen area of work. As you would agree, Work Experience is not an opportunity for students to have a break from regular schoolwork, but an opportunity to assess the work in a chosen field where they have some interest.​​
  • Most areas will only accept one student at a time.
  • Applicants will receive notification if they were/were not successful within six weeks of the closing date of the application intake.
  • Council is committed to the Work Experience Program; however, we cannot accept every student that applies.

Please note: Work experience in any of our trades is a very popular choice for many students. However, due to the safety aspect of the work within these areas, students are only able to observe work in progress. That is, they cannot use any mechanical machinery, such as lawn mowers, welders etc. If they have completed a pre-work experience Work Health & Safety training course or WHS General Induction for Construction "White Card", and can supply us with a copy of their certificate of completion, special consideration may be given to these students undertaking some "hands on" work in the trades areas. They must also wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment that will not be supplied by Council. This information will be detailed upon confirmation of any placement.​​