The ODPP is currently reviewing its guidelines for work experience placements.
Requests for work experience will be considered on a case by case basis and opportunities will vary depending on location, resources and other operational demands.
In the Sydney metropolitan areas, our major work experience focus is our Legal Development Program. Other requests may be accommodated from time to time.
Generally, due to the nature of work that the ODPP deals with, it is not possible to offer work experience to high school students.
Requirements for requests
Work experience requests for the Solicitor’s Office must:
- come from university (or another recognised tertiary institution) work experience program coordinators, not individual students
- include information about the course being studied and requirements for work experience
- specify the duration of the placement requested
- include evidence that it is approved work experience, covered by the institution’s accident cover and public liability insurances
- provide details of the learning goals of work experience (this is critical to assess what would be involved in the placement and which location would be most suitable)
- if requesting Practical Legal Placements, make this very clear as this type of experience requires more formal supervision and reporting
- advise the names of suitable student/s to participate in work experience (the ODPP will not undertake any selection process)
- confirm the preferred location.
It should be noted that students will need a criminal history check done and to sign a confidentiality agreement prior to commencing any work experience.
All requests for work experience should be sent to Human Resources to consider. Human Resources will co-ordinate all requests and obtain approvals if appropriate.