Australian Applicants

Find your program

All the CIF programs are available for viewing on the CIF International website.

You will also find links to the websites of hosting countries which will enable you to find out more detailed information.

Information about the core program in the USA can be obtained from CIPUSA.

Complete your application

  1. Download the application form.
  2. Fill it in and remember to save it. Make sure you indicate the country of choice clearly at the top of the form. If you are applying for more than one program, ensure you complete an application for each program and clarify your preferences.
  3. Send your application with a scanned passport photo via email to

    If you are applying for more than one program please email these applications separately and name the file according to the country for which you are applying.

    Please ensure this is sent at least 2 months prior to the closing date in the host country. For example if you want to apply for a program that closes on the 1st March, please ensure you have your application to CIF Australia by the 1st January. Do not send your application to the host country, as it will be sent back to Australia, which may delay the process.

  4. CIF Australia will contact you for an interview for recommendation to the host country.
  5. You will receive written notification soon after the closing date if you have been accepted.

International Applicants

To apply you must:

  • be a member of your CIF National Branch if there is one
  • be professionally qualified as a social worker or in other social work related professions
  • be employed as a social worker or in other social work related professions and be involved in direct service with clients
  • have a minimum of three years professional experience
  • understand and speak English fluently

How to Apply to CIF Australia

To apply you must:

  • Obtain information and application forms from your national CIF branch - you will find contact information on the CIF International website.
  • Send your completed application form to them as well.
  • Make sure to indicate Australia at the top of the form for Country of choice

NOTE: if you send your completed application directly to CIF Australia, it will be sent back to your national branch, which may delay the process. Contact your national branch well before your intended exchange, as the branch will have an earlier deadline.

If there is no national branch in your country:

  1. Download our application form.
  2. Complete one copy of the application
  3. Scan a passport photo
  4. Email your completed application to Penny Clark

Final Selection

CIF Australia makes the final selection of participants and placements. All applicants will be notified of the decision a month after the deadline.

Participants who have been accepted into the program will be sent a letter of acceptance and advice on visas and travel information. If you would like to know more about visas for entering Australia, visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

We look forward to seeing you in Australia!