WIL Student Support Scheme
Is completing a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement putting you under financial pressure? If you are undertaking a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement in an academic year and experiencing financial hardship consider applying for this program.
The WIL Student Support Scheme can help you by easing financial stress and allowing you to have hands-on, relevant work experience locally or overseas.
The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Student 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.
Applications for the 2022 will be open for the following dates.
|Study period||Opening date||Closing date|
|Period 1 2022|
(Trimester/Semester 1 2022)
|Monday 14 March at midday AEDT||Sunday 3 April at 5pm AEST|
|Period 2 2022|
(Trimester/Semester 2 2022)
|Monday 18 July at midday AEST||Monday 8 August at 5pm AEST|
|Period 3 2022|
(Trimester 3 2022)
|Monday 31 October at midday AEDT||Monday 21 November at 5pm AEST|
Payments are calculated on the minimum duration (hours) required by the WIL unit according to the 2022 Handbook.
- WIL placements of four weeks or less: total payment of $1,000 or $1,500 if relocating from usual place of residence to undertake the placement is required. Suitable evidence may be requested.
- WIL placements of five weeks to seven weeks: total payment of $1,500 or $2,000 if relocating from usual place of residence to undertake the placement. Suitable evidence may be requested.
- WIL placements of eight weeks: total payment of $2,000 or $2,500 if relocating from usual place of residence to undertake the placement. Suitable evidence may be requested.
- WIL placements of greater than eight weeks: total payment of $2,500 or $3,000 if relocating from usual place of residence to undertake the placement. Suitable evidence may be requested.
- For international WIL placements : total payment of $2,000
- If relocating to non-home state and travelling by air, an additional $500 Interstate Air Travel Cost Supplement allowance may be available upon production of suitable evidence.
To meet the eligibility criteria for 2022 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*
- be enrolled in an approved Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit within Trimester/Semester 1, Trimester/Semester 2 or Trimester 3 in the 2022 Academic year with a confirmed placement arranged with your faculty
- not have another current Deakin scholarship equal to or greater than $2500 per Trimester/Semester in 2022
- not already hold a bachelor degree (from any university)
- be able to demonstrate one of the following
- be from low SES** background
- 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 Trimester 3 placements, students must have been enrolled in 6 or more credit points across the 2022 Academic Year.
** Have a home addresses in the lowest quartile of the SEIFA Education and Occupation Index
Preference will be given to students who have not received a HEPPP Retention and Support scholarship or WIL Student Support Scheme payment in any other 2022 Trimester / Semester.
How to apply
You can apply for the WIL Student Support Scheme through our Deakin Scholarship Application Portal.
Applications will close on Monday 8 August 2022 at 5pm AEST.
The application process is highly competitive with a limited number of offers available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.
Supporting documentation required for financial hardship
As you are claiming you are experiencing financial hardship in your application, you will need to provide evidence of this.
You must provide a Centrelink income statement which you can download from your Centrelink online account.
The income statement must:
- be a recent statement (dated in the last two weeks)
- show your correct name and address
- indicate the benefit you receive
- show the payment amount(s) and date(s) of your benefit.
Please note: Family Tax Benefit statements are not acceptable as this benefit is based on estimated taxable income and not actual taxable income.
If you’re supporting yourself and have an income under $56,000 you’ll also need to download and provide a statutory declaration.
In the statutory declaration you must:
- declare you are self-supporting
- declare your income for the last financial year
- provide an estimate of your income for the current financial year.
If you’re supported by your family or partner and you have a combined income under $56,000, you’ll also need to download and provide a statutory declaration.
In the statutory declaration you must:
- declare you are financially dependent and list the names of those who provide for your financial support
- declare your combined income (your income plus the income of those who provide your financial support) for the last financial year
- provide a combined estimate of your income and those who provide your financial support for the current financial year.
The following documentation will not be accepted for this category:
- tax documents
- bank statements
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 Work Integrated Learning (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.
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, WIL Financial Support Scheme or WIL Support Bursary in previous years you are still eligible to apply in 2022.
The WIL Student Support scheme is made possible thanks to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia.
For further information about the scheme please email email@example.com.
We appreciate you may be experiencing financial difficulties, to help, Deakin offers interest free loans. Some conditions apply. Further information regarding the financial assistance options is available on the Financial Assistance website.