Managing PaTH Internships Guideline

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A PaTH Internship (‘internship’) gives a young person aged 17–24 years (inclusive) the chance to demonstrate their skills in the workplace to a potential employer, develop vocational skills and improve their employment prospects. 

For employers, hosting an internship is an opportunity to trial an intern in a structured work experience placement to see if they are the right fit for their business. 

Internships are available to eligible participants in jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services. 

Each internship is voluntary and is undertaken for 30 to 50 hours per fortnight over four to 12 weeks. An internship provides financial incentives to the provider, host business and participant. 

The provider, host business and participant work together to create an internship that meets the needs of the business and suits the participant’s skills, experience and interests. 

Before starting an internship, the provider, host business and participant must agree to the terms of the internship and sign a PaTH Internship Agreement. The provider is also required to complete a risk assessment for each placement before the young person commences. 

Participants are not required to undertake PaTH Employability Skills Training before starting an internship. However, Stream A job seekers who commence Employability Skills Training will immediately be eligible to participate in a PaTH internship This Guideline is for jobactive and Transition to Work providers who are involved in managing PaTH internships. For detailed IT steps, providers must refer to the Managing PaTH Internships IT Supporting Document. A separate Guideline is available for Disability Employment Services providers, administered by the Department of Social Services.

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