Department of Human Services

Student Placements

Student placements are part of the coursework in:

  • a University degree
  • Technical and Further Education (TAFE), or
  • Registered Training Organisation (RTO) programs.

To complete a student's professional registration, clinical experience may also be needed.

We are only able to consider requests for Social Work and Clinical Psychology placements in our Youth Justice directorate.

The Department of Human Services accommodates student placements and requests for work experience from school-age children in Year 11 or 12 where the request fits with departmental need.

Students help with appropriate activities that contribute to the achievement of their stated learning goals. They are allocated a DHS Manager or Supervisor who provides oversight and directs the students' work during their time in the department. 

While on placement, students must follow the Code of Ethics for the South Australian Public Sector and the DHS Respectful Treatment at Work Policy.

Background screening

Students may be required to undergo a screening assessment by the DHS Screening Unit before starting their placement.

The type of screening will depend on the type of work the student will do, for example, with children, people with disability, vulnerable people or in the aged care sector.

Placement enquiries

Students interested in undertaking their placement in DHS can complete the DHS Student Placement Enquiry Form

If you experience any issues accessing the form, please email

Page last updated : 20 Nov 2020

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