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Child Protection Vacation Employment Program (VAC)

Are you a student studying either a degree or diploma in social work, psychology or welfare?

Here's an opportunity to earn while you learn in paid employment.

The VAC program commences in January each year. Working full time 5 days per week, our VAC program gives final year university students, 450 hours/12 weeks, paid work experience.

This successful and innovative program will expose students to a breadth of quality learning experiences relevant to the Victorian Child Protection Program.

As a VAC employee, you will be welcomed into a supportive team in one of our metropolitan or regional offices.

You may also explore rotations across different areas of child protection to gain a holistic understanding of how to keep Victoria’s children and families strong.

Visit Careers Victoria to Apply Now or visit your tertiary institution’s job board for more information.

Applications for the 2022 Vacation Employment Program have now closed.


What we are looking for: 

Social work, psychology or welfare-related degree students who demonstrate the following skills and attributes: 

  • verbal and written communication
  • resilience
  • empathy
  • culture awareness
  • relationship-building
  • flexibility
  • self-management
  • self-awareness.

Please note, to be considered for this opportunity you must have: 

  • a current and valid driver's licence (learner permits are not accepted) 
  • full working rights, must be either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen with a valid passport 
  • Police Checks and Working with Children Checks (WWCC) form part of the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing recruitment process. 


For Education institutions 

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is committed to building collegial relationships with education institutes. We provide the following services:

  • consultancy, advice and support on child protection initiatives in your curriculum
  • DFFH guest presenters can deliver child protection curriculum into the student learning experience
  • provision of specialist child protection learning materials

For further information, email us at