Industry based learning

Industry based learning (IBL) units encourage a hands-on approach to learning and allows you to apply generic employability skills and capabilities  in the area that you are majoring in.

The advantage of the IBL placement is that the longer 3, 6 or 12 month paid placement, in a full-time capacity, assists you in defining your career direction. These are high quality full-time intensive placements and you are paid approximately 80 per cent of a graduate salary. IBL can only be applied to new employment and cannot be applied to current positions of employment.

Opportunities include places in the government and non-government sector, small to large companies and local and international companies.

The program aims to:

  • assist in the development of generic  skills and, in particular, develop the key competencies of a lifelong learner
  • critically appraise and demonstrate development of discipline specific knowledge, skills and dispositions required for future professional pathways
  • gain credit towards your course
  • develop your professional work practices and networks

Most IBL opportunities are Faculty sourced with you applying via a competitive selection process. You may source your own IBL opportunities in any discipline but will need to present evidence that they meet the high standards of IBL.  You are only permitted to enrol in one additional or Cloud Campus unit, previously known as off-campus units.

Faculty sourced industry based learning opportunities are advertised on the DeakinTALENT website.

Current opportunities also exist within the Faculty.

Unit Name
MWL311 Industry based learning (three months)
MWL312 Industry based learning (six months)

Application process has changed. You must now apply via InPlace.

  1. How do I log into InPlace?

    InPlace is separate to Cloud Deakin and Student Connect. Current Deakin students are able to access the InPlace website.

  2. Where do I get my InPlace username and password?

    Students use their current Deakin University username and password

  3. Do I need to submit any other documentation to complete my self-placement?

    Yes. Students are required to attach the Host form, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) questionnaire, and the Insurance Declaration form (DOCX, 136.1 KB) and a copy of their current resume to your application.

    If your placement is outside of Australia, you will need to complete the international OH&S form (DOCX, 122.9 KB) and include with your application.

  4. What happens once I submit my self-placement?

    The WIL team will assess your application and will notify you through InPlace on whether application has been ‘successful’ or not successful within five to ten business days.

  5. Why was my self-placement ‘not successful’?

    There are many reasons as to why a student’s self-placement was not successful. It can be as simple as the student has not attached all of the required documentation or has incorrectly filled out their self-placement.

    Details on the reasons as to why the application was unsuccessful are available through the ‘InPlace Self Placement Dropbox’.

    If the unsuccessful application details are more complex, students may have to talk to a WIL team member.


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