AFP Forensics Work Experience Program

Our Forensics Work Experience Program gives high-school students in Years 10 to 12 a taste of a career in forensic science. Students will learn from AFP specialists regarding:

  • the various roles available in forensic science
  • the career paths some of our specialists have followed.

Note: Applications have now closed for 2024 program placements. We'll advertise the 2025 program early next year.

Program format

The Forensic Training Team run the one-week AFP Forensics Work Experience Program twice each year at our AFP Forensics facility in Majura, Canberra.

Note: We are not able to offer individual work experience placements outside of this program.

Placement candidates

We offer AFP Forensics Work Experience Program placements to a small number of senior high-school students each intake who can:

  • demonstrate a strong interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), particularly forensic science
  • show they plan to pursue a career in these subjects
  • write a strong application
  • follow the application process guidelines
  • pay their own travel and accommodation costs if they're successful.

Program topics

If we accept you for an AFP Forensics Work Experience Program placement, you'll learn about the roles and personal experiences of specialists in:

  • biology
  • chemical criminalistics
  • crime scene investigation
  • digital forensics
  • document sciences
  • facial identification
  • fingerprints
  • firearms identification.

You'll also take part in simulations of:

  • scene- and lab-based forensic examinations
  • a courtroom trial, where you'll experience giving expert witness testimony.

Application process

Applications for the 2024 program have now closed.

To apply for the program next year, you'll need to provide the following information during the advised application submission period:

  • your contact information
  • your educational details
  • a 150-word statement on why you want to take part in the program, showing your interest in STEM.

Note: The dates for 2024 applications will be advertised early 2025.

To learn more, contact the Forensics work experience team on

A Day in the Life of an AFP Forensic Scientist – one-day seminar

If you are unable to attend the Work Experience Program at the AFP Forensics facility in Majura, Canberra, we also run a one-day virtual seminar called A Day in the Life of an AFP Forensic Scientist.

AFP Forensics Work Experience Program participant stories

"I keep on thinking about the week we spent with you, honestly the best week of my life!" – Lochana, ACT
"It was such a unique and insightful experience, and I learnt so much during the week. This experience has no doubt fuelled my passion for forensics." – Jasmine, NSW
"Thank you again for making the work experience program unforgettable." – Rhys, ACT
"Going on a specific course, full of like-minded individuals, put me in my element and allowed me to unapologetically express my enthusiasm for STEM and learning as a whole. This course was an eye-opening look at how forensic science is utilised in the real world and has made me even more certain that I want to join the AFP in the near future." – Kristen, Qld

Get in touch

For more information on the AFP Forensics Work Experience Program, email us at