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Student insurance

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  2. Insurance for work experience and placements

Insurance for work experience and placements

The University maintains a personal accident policy for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The policy provides cover while you are engaged in campus/course/University-related activities and/or practical placement or community placement activities. It covers necessary domestic direct travel to and from these activities.

An activity is covered where:

  • it is a course requirement or is sanctioned by the dean of the faculty, authorised officer for the faculty, or head of department 
  • you are not an employee or work for the organisation you are placed with, for the purposes of Workers' Compensation legislation.

In summary the policy covers:

  • death and capital benefits
  • weekly injury benefits
  • home tutorial benefit
  • injury assistance benefit
  • limited medical expenses (only those not claimable on Medicare).

Supporting documents

If you are attending work experience, or are a postgraduate student who is collaborating with external organisations on University research or work experience, you may need to provide a letter to the organisation to confirm your cover.

If you need a letter, or single Certificate of Currency, you can download a Certificate of currency (pdf, 85KB).

Student Accident Plans

This policy provides cover for personal accident and sickness, primarily in Australia, for full and part time students of the University and non student members, volunteers and staff of Sydney University Sport. It covers you while on campus and/or engaged in University, course and sport related activities and/or practical placement or community placement activities. It also covers travel to and from these activities.

For personal accident claims from 4pm, 31 October 2019 that exceed $1,000, complete the personal accident claim form (pdf, 573KB) and send to

For claims less than the excess amount, students should contact their relevant faculty, school or department to assess the claims.

Work experience insurance

If you are undertaking unpaid work experience that supports the learning outcomes of your degree, the University of Sydney Business School may issue you with workplace insurance.

You need to be an enrolled student of the Business School and able to demonstrate how the work experience supports your learning, as outlined in the eligibility below. The work experience does not need to be a requirement of your degree or particular unit of study, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

It is essential that you review information on the Fair Work Ombudsman website relating to unpaid work experience. It is your responsibility to assess this information and make a judgement about whether or not you will be entering into an employment relationship.

  • You need to be currently enrolled in a Business School degree or award course.
  • The work experience should be unpaid. You can’t be an employee or worker of the organisation you are placed with for the purposes of Workers' Compensation legislation.
  • The work experience should be in Australia.
  • The work experience should not exceed four weeks in duration.
  • The internship or work experience should contribute to your learning experience by meeting the following criteria:
    • enable you to apply theoretical and other knowledge gained from your course of study in a practical setting
    • consist of activities consistent with your course objectives and/or graduate attributes
    • provide an opportunity for you to explore career options or make more informed decisions regarding your career development
    • support your transition from study to work.

Insurance coverage will not be provided:

  • where work experience does not contribute to your learning experience as outlined above
  • after you have graduated from your degree or award course
  • when candidature in your degree or award course has lapsed.
How to get approval

At least 10 working days before you start work experience:

  • complete and submit the Work experience insurance form
  • if approved, a Business School representative will issue you with the relevant insurance documents.

The Sydney Law School can provide a letter to the organisation where you are completing an unpaid internship or placement, to provide permission to participate and confirm your coverage under the University’s insurance policies.

To request a letter, visit Canvas and complete the online student internship letter request form

For any queries contact

Student Centre

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1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444


Last updated: 04 November 2020

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