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FAQ: Virtual work experience

Students will participate in work experience projects using an online collaboration platform and video conference facility while in their schools, homes or a supported community venue, such as a library. Students must be supported by a teacher, parent or an approved adult in their physical location.

Virtual work experience takes place over a designated working week (normally five days) during school terms or school holidays, between July and December 2021. A list of available projects and dates is available here. Work experience normally takes place between 9 am and 3 pm in the supervisor's time zone and can only be completed at the time designated in the projects list. 

The online collaboration platform and video conference facility CSIRO use is especially designed to ensure only approved people can join the online workspaces. Students have access to their supervisor and to support staff, all of whom have had screening interviews, hold a current Working with Children/Vulnerable People Check (WWCC) for their state or territory, and National Police Check. For more information, please refer to CSIRO's Child Safe Policy

Participation is free of charge to all students and there will be no payment made to students to participate. Students may receive a certificate following successful completion of the Virtual Work Experience Program.


If you would like more information regarding virtual work experience, please contact


  1. These are the types of skills developed under the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities: Information and Communication Technology Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, and Intercultural Understanding.

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