Vacation Program

Get creating. Practice what you learn.

Gain valuable experience and develop the skills and networks needed to create a meaningful career.

Did you know that most of our vacationers receive an offer for a full-time graduate position after completing the program? If this isn’t reason enough to apply, then read on… 

If you’re in your second last year of university in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, our summer Vacation Program offers you first-hand experience at the heart of our business. The program runs over three to eight weeks (length varies per state) and includes full-time work experience during your university break, allowing you to get a head-start in your career before graduating. 

We understand you might not know exactly what you want to do when you finish your degree, so we encourage you to take the time to understand how you can best align your purpose, skills and passions to one of our many inspiring teams. 


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Regardless of the business area you choose, we’re sure you’ll find it a worthwhile investment of your time here. Be it the clients, the people, the networks, or the social events – you’ll be surprised at the skills you’ll develop and how much you’ll learn along the way. Opportunity is at the heart of all of our careers, and our Vacation Program offers just that – the opportunity to return to university with your graduate job offer in hand!

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What are the key dates?

Our recruitment process for Vacationers will follow the timeline below:

Melbourne and Sydney

  • Applications Close | Sunday, 18th March 2018
  • Online Testing deadline | Wednesday, 21st March 2018
  • Video Interview deadline | Sunday, 25th March 2018
  • Video Interview outcomes | Friday, 6th April 2018
  • Assessment Centres | Commencing Monday, 16th April 2018


Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle and Perth

  • Applications Close | Sunday, 25th March 2018
  • Online Testing deadline | Wednesday, 28th March 2018
  • Video Interview deadline | Monday, 2nd April 2018
  • Video Interview outcomes | Friday, 13th April 2018
  • Assessment Centres | Commencing Monday, 16th April 2018

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Who's eligible?

Make careful note of our eligibility criteria. You must be in your penultimate year to apply – that’s your second last year of study.

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I’m an international student - can I apply?

If you have full-time working rights within Australia, you can apply for the Vacation Program. You will be required to supply the following supporting documentation as evidence:

  • Either one of the following: IELTS, OET, TOEFL, iBT, PTE or CAE.
  • Your visa notice.

You will also need to meet the minimum requirements as set out by the Australian Department of Immigration. To view these requirements, click here.

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When do applications open and close?

Applications open in February/March each year. 2019 Vacation Program application dates are as follows:

Melbourne and Sydney

  • Applications open Monday, February 19th 2018

  • Applications close Sunday, March 18th, 2018


Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle and Perth

  • Applications open Monday, February 19th, 2018

  • Applications close Sunday, March 25th 2018

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn as we'll announce any out-of-cycle opportunities that arise.

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What's the recruitment process?

Our process has never been easier! Simply:

  1. Apply online and complete the application form (Guess what? You don’t need a CV)

  2. Complete an online aptitude test

  3. Record a video interview

  4. Attend an assessment centre

Once you complete the process, offers will be issued from your local recruiter.


At PwC, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is an important part of everything we do. As part of this commitment, we want to remove any conscious or unconscious bias from impacting the recruitment process. Therefore, we no longer require you to upload a CV or resume as part of the application process. We care about your potential and ability, and look for people whose purpose and passions align with our values. We hope this will help create a more equitable, fair and diverse application experience for you.

Academic transcripts will be requested upon successfully reaching the final stage of assessment to verify your degree. 

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What do you look for in a candidate?

As a Vacationer you’ll be assessed against the competencies of our global framework, the PwC Professional. This is how we define and encourage leadership at all levels - from Vacationer to Partner. Learn more about the framework and the skills we look for here.

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When will the Assessment Centre days be held?

Assessment Centres will be held in April/May with exact dates communicated to successful applicants. 

Whilst we try to accommodate all candidates, we will require you to attend an Assessment Centre to ensure a fair and equitable experience for all applicants. If you are unable to make it to the Assessment Centre (for example, if you are overseas for extended periods of time), we will not be able to progress your application. 

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How long is the Vacation placement?

The placement varies between offices. The placement runs for 3 to 4 weeks in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle and Brisbane, and up to 8 weeks in Melbourne and Sydney.

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When would I start the Vacation Program?

Our Vacation program commences between November and January. Program dates will vary between locations and business areas and are confirmed closer to commencing.

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I interviewed / applied last year and wasn’t selected. Can I reapply?

Yes! We welcome you to reapply, if you are in your penultimate year of study.

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Can I apply to more than one location or business area?

We accept one application per candidate. We recommend that you apply to the location and business area that closely aligns with your skills, passions and interests. People who reach the final stages of the recruitment process will be contacted by a recruiter to confirm the business area that they will be considered for.

Please note some business areas only offer student opportunities in certain locations. This will be indicated on the job ad. 

Please note some business areas only offer student opportunities in certain locations. This will be indicated on the job ad. 
Please note some business areas only offer student opportunities in certain locations. This will be indicated on the job ad. 

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I need an adjustment for a disability. What do I do?

PwC recognises the benefits of diversity and is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce, including the number of employees with disability.

As part of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion, if you have a disability we'll be happy to make reasonable adjustments to our processes for you.

During the application process you will be asked if you require any adjustments to our recruitment process or if you anticipate needing any workplace adjustments to enable you to perform the role you're applying for. If so, please specify and discuss your needs with your recruiter upfront, so that we can help you to perform at your best.

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