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With a few years of radio experience under his belt, including a stint at the ABC in Melbourne and digital and radio work overseas, Mark* thought he'd be able to pick up some shifts at the broadcaster on his return to Melbourne earlier this year. He'd just spent a year working overseas.

After a quick email exchange looking for contacts, he was put in touch with a manager at ABC local radio and offered an unpaid internship (which he declined -- "I'm past that, I have experience"). As a second offer he was instead set up with two days of unpaid shadow shifts -- where a prospective employee goes in to observe a typical shift -- with an unclear suggestion of paid formal training to follow, and potential to be put on the ABC's books as a casual producer.