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WIL Student Support Scheme

If you are undertaking a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement in an academic year and experiencing financial hardship consider applying for this program.

WIL Student Support Scheme

The WIL Support Scheme is an equity initiative, funded by the Commonwealth Government grant via the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HEPPP), to help increase access, participation and success of domestic undergraduate students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds, persons from regional areas and remote areas and Indigenous persons.

2024 applications

2024 WIL Student Support Scheme application open dates
Study periodOpening dateClosing date
Period 1 2024
(Trimester/Semester 1 2024)
Thursday 15 February 2024 at midday AEDTWednesday 20 March 2024 at 5pm AEST
Period 2 2024
(Trimester/Semester 2 2024)
Wednesday 12 June 2024 at midday AESTWednesday 24 July 2024 at 5pm AEST
Period 3 2024
(Trimester 3 2024)
Wednesday 16 October 2024 at midday AESTWednesday 20 November 2024 at 5pm AEST


Payments are calculated on the minimum duration (hours) required by the WIL unit, according to the 2024 Handbook.

  • WIL placements of 2 weeks or less – total payment of $500.
  • WIL placements of 3–4 weeks – total payment of $1000.
  • WIL placements of 5–7 weeks – total payment of $1500.
  • WIL placements of 8 weeks – total payment of $2000.
  • WIL placements longer than 8 weeks – total payment of $2500.
  • For international WIL placements – total payment of $2000.

If you are relocating from your usual place of residence to undertake the placement, an additional $500 relocation cost allowance may be available. Suitable evidence may be requested.

If you are relocating to a non-home state and travelling by air, an additional $500 interstate air travel cost supplement allowance may be available upon production of suitable evidence.

Eligibility criteria

To meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme you must:

  • be a domestic (Australian citizen, a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen) undergraduate student in a Commonwealth-supported place
  • be enrolled full time in the trimester of your application*
  • be enrolled in an approved WIL unit within the Trimester/Semester of your application with a confirmed placement arranged with your faculty
  • not have received a HEPPP retention and support scholarship in 2024
  • not have another current Deakin scholarship equal to or greater than $2000 per Trimester/Semester in 2024
  • not already hold a bachelor degree (from any university)
  • be able to demonstrate one of the following:
    • be from low SES background, which for the purpose of HEPPP funded scholarships is defined as either:
      • having a home address in the lowest quartile of the SEIFA Education and Occupation Index, or
      • being in receipt of Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), Austudy, Pensioner Education Supplement, ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Away From Base Assistance
    • be from a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Ares (ASGS-RA)
    • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person

*For applications submitted in Period 3 2024 (Trimester 3 2024), you must have enrolled in 6 or more credit points across the 2024 academic year.

How to apply

Applications for Trimester 1 2024 have now closed. Trimester 2 2024 applications will open on 12 June 2024.

Selection criteria

  • Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the information you provide in your application.
  • In the online application, you will be asked to provide information about yourself and to demonstrate why you require financial assistance to complete your WIL placement.
  • If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.
  • You'll find out if you were successful usually within four weeks of the application closing date. If you have not received an offer by this time, you have been unsuccessful. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.
  • Preference will be given to students who have not received a WIL Student Support Scheme payment in any other 2024 trimester/semester.

Important information for applicants

  • Consult your student adviser to ensure that you can fit a WIL placement into your course and identify the unit you will enrol in if you find a suitable role.
  • Ensure that you have enrolled in a WIL unit. Please note, applications will not be considered for the WIL student support scheme until your enrolment in the WIL unit is confirmed and appears on your student record.
  • If you have already commenced your WIL placement, you can still apply for the WIL Student Support Scheme within the official application opening and closing dates for the trimester/semester the placement unit enrolment is within.
  • If you have applied and have received the WIL Student Support Scheme or WIL support bursary in previous years, you are still eligible to apply in 2024.

Other assistance

For further information about the scheme, please email wilfin@deakin.edu.au.

We appreciate you may be experiencing financial difficulties and in order to assist, Deakin offers interest free loans - some conditions apply. Further information regarding the financial assistance options are available at financial assistance.

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