Work experience, internships and trial work – Should it be paid?


It is common for young job seekers to engage in unpaid work experience, internships, or unpaid trial work in the hope of getting a foot in the door and securing a long term job. While these arrangements can be considered as legitimate for educational purposes, employers should approach these arrangements with caution.

Following the publication of a report detailing the increasing issues associated with unpaid work, the Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a crack-down on unpaid work experience arrangements. The issue with such arrangements is that there is often a likelihood that an employment relationship may exist, which consequently entitles the worker to be paid minimum wages and other employee entitlements under the relevant laws, awards or agreement.

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