Vacation Employment


Vacation employment provides students undertaking full-time degrees at an Australian university with the opportunity to gain valuable learning opportunities and paid workplace experiences.

Carpentaria actively encourages university students to apply for vacation employment placements during the relevant intake period for work during the semester breaks.

Vacation employment provides paid short-term employment starting at the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award Level 1.1 pay rate. Where opportunities exist, approved applicants will be offered paid employment on a fixed-term basis throughout the semester breaks.

Vacation employment opportunities are subject to the availability of resources for supervision and the workloads of the relevant area, therefore requests will be considered on this basis and only approved where they can be accommodated.


To be eligible for a vacation employment placement, you must:

  • be in the process of completing an undergraduate degree from an Australian university;
  • be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or have eligibility to work in Australia for the period;
  • be available for the entire semester break; and
  • have completed the application process in full.

Intake Periods

Applications are accepted from:

  • March – May (for employment during the June/July semester break); and
  • September – November (for employment during the December/January semester break

Applications are invited from students across the scope of programs/disciplines within Carpentaria and include: Reception, the Executive Office, Human Resources, Work Health and Safety, Finance, Information Technology, Independent Living Services, Pathways Program, Allied Health Services, and Harry’s Place Café.

How to Apply

To be considered for a vacation employment placement, applicants must apply during the intake periods by submitting the following via email at

Applications for a vacation employment placement will be reviewed by the People and Learning team and the relevant areas where opportunities exist. Applicants will be advised of the status of their application at least 2-weeks prior to potential vacation employment commencement dates.

What we look for

We are seeking university students with a diverse range of skills, knowledge and personal qualities, including:

  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to influence and negotiate
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Confidentiality and discretion
  • Good interpersonal skills, empathy and cultural awareness
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Resilience, initiative, ownership and accountability

Worker clearances

Carpentaria may require vacation employment students to possess certain clearances, such as a Working with Children Clearance, Police Check etc. If you have any of the clearances listed in the Vacation Employment Application Form, please ensure copies of these are provided during the interview.

For further information please contact the People and Learning team on 8920 9400 or