Industry Placements Australia – Public response to media articles

By March 18, 2018Current Affairs

18 March 2018
Jack Clayfield & Matt Strange
Industry Placements Australia
90 Maribyrnong Street
Footscray VIC

By email to:

Industry Placements Australia – Response to media articles

On behalf of the management of Industry Placements Australia (IPA), we would like to respond to
the public and media regarding the confusion and misconception on placements in the tertiary education sector.

Whilst there continues to be a lot of media attention on unpaid placements, these programs are a cornerstone of both tertiary and vocational education in Australia. A recent report written by the Department of Jobs and Small Business found over 50% of 18-64 year old’s have completed unpaid placement, the majority in connection with an education qualification.

According to the 2017 Graduates Outcomes Survey, those studying in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and rehabilitation had an 85% chance (or higher) of full time employment after completing an unpaid placement. In stark comparison, those who completed more generalist degrees expect a 53.2% chance (up to a maximum of 59%) of full time employment. Presumably the differences in employment statistics between the groups is largely due to the unpaid placements undertaken by the students in the first group. These figures hide the ugly reality that more than 66% of graduates took full time work in jobs that were unrelated to their field of study, according to an article from a Melbourne University PHD candidate.

With a growing trend by larger organisations hiring outside traditional degrees, and more than 1.5 million students enrolled in Australia’s tertiary education system, Industry Placements Australia is focussed on collaborative opportunities with the Small & Medium Enterprise (SME), who, although are typically not connected with education, make up over 99.5% of available jobs according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 data.

Through a growing number of partnerships and collaborations with the tertiary sector, Industry Placements Australia allows educators to focus on their core business of education, while simultaneously creating more professional placement opportunities for current students in connection with the academic curriculum.

Industry Placements Australia stands proudly behind its efforts to get more young graduates into jobs, if you would like more information on our programs, please contact us on 1300 729 501 or


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