What is WIL?

Work Integrated Learning – or WIL – is the most commonly recognised term for student learning that combines a theoretical and practical learning experience, and one which takes place within a workplace environment.

What constitutes a WIL opportunity?

Employers and organisations use many terms to describe their own WIL placements. These include but are not limited to:

  • Internships
  • Workplace learning
  • Industry-based learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Practice-based learning
  • placements
  • clinical placements
  • professional placements
  • practicum
  • professional practice
  • project-based learning
  • co-operative education
  • fieldwork
  • service learning
  • real world learning
  • vacation work
  • work experience
  • volunteering

How do I know whether my opportunity is WIL?

Each institution will need to look at the opportunity and consult with you on that question, due to WIL varying from university to university.

The National WIL Portal was developed specifically for the purpose of promoting work integrated learning opportunities for students, but not for advertising graduate or general employment opportunities.

Who are WIL stakeholders?

  • Employers
  • University staff
  • University students
  • Government

What is the cost of advertising on the Portal?

The National WIL Portal is free to use.

How is the Portal funded?

The National WIL Portal Project is not-for-profit. It was conceived by Australian Collaborative Education Network) (ACEN) and funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). At the end of the Project life cycle, ACEN will be responsible for the management of the National WIL Portal.

Who will receive my information?

Staff from 36 universities around Australia that work within the area of Work Integrated Learning, will receive opportunities via the Portal.

The Portal “filters” opportunities by study discipline or industry. University staff will receive only those WIL opportunities that precisely match their own preference selections.

What happens after I submit my opportunity?

Most universities have their own, individual processes in place for managing work integrated learning.

You may be contacted by a central WIL coordinator at a university to say that your opportunity was received by them.

They can then assist with finding a suitable student to fill the position, or by putting you in touch with the relevant course coordinator, WIL coordinator or academic staff member within the faculty. In some cases there are current students, waiting to find a suitable WIL opportunity to fulfill their course assessment requirements.