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 the 2019 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.

This initiative aims to widen participation in WIL placements of eligible domestic undergraduate students who are experiencing financial hardship.

2019 Applications

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 and 2 2019 are closed.

Applications for Trimester 3 2019 national and overseas based placements are currently open.

Applications will not be considered until your enrolment in the WIL placement unit is confirmed and appears on your student record.


Payments are calculated on the minimum duration (hours) required by the WIL unit according to the 2019 Handbook.

  • WIL placements of three weeks or less: total payment of $1,000, or $1,500 if relocating to complete placement
  • WIL placements of four to five weeks duration: total payment of $1,500, or $2,000 if relocating to complete placement
  • WIL placements of six to eight weeks duration: total payment of $2,000, or $2,500 if relocating to complete placement
  • WIL placements greater than 8 weeks: total payment of $2,500, or $3,000 if relocating to complete placement
  • For international WIL placements: total payment of $2,500.

Eligibility Criteria

To meet the eligibility criteria for 2019 you must,

  • be an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • be a domestic undergraduate student in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be enrolled full time*
  • be enrolled in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit in any Trimester/Semester within the 2019 academic year
  • not have received a HEPPP Retention and Support scholarship or WIL in any 2019 Trimester/Semester
  • not have received any other Deakin scholarship equal to or greater than $2500 per Trimester/Semester in 2019
  • not already hold a bachelor degree (from any university)
  • be experiencing financial hardship
    • in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit e.g. Youth Allowance (full time students), ABSTUDY, Austudy or
    • have a personal or family taxable income below the HECS HELP threshold, $56,000, depending on independence status.

*For Trimester/Semester 1 and 2, students must be enrolled full time (3 or more credit points) in the placement study period. Students in Trimester 3 must meet a full time study load across the academic year.

WIL Student Support Scheme applications are assessed and awarded when they are received.

How to apply

Apply for the WIL Student Support Scheme through our online application:

Apply now for 2019 WIL Student Support Scheme

Supporting documentation

The supporting documentation required includes evidence of:

  • your financial hardship eg. current Centrelink Statement or appropriate Statutory Declaration
  • any other disadvantage you are experiencing

You must supply current supporting documentation to complete your application.

Selection criteria

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the information you provide in your application and supporting documentation.

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.

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 commenced your WIL placement, you can still apply for the WIL Student Support Scheme provided your placement is not complete. If you have completed your WIL placement you will not be eligible for this scheme.
  • Only one WIL Financial Support Scheme payment will be made per student in any academic year.
  • 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 2019.
  • Funding is limited for each faculty. The scheme will close when all funds are allocated.

The WIL Student Support scheme is made possible thanks to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program funding provided by the Commonwealth of Australia.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

You will know the outcome of your application within three weeks of submission if a complete application has been received.

If you are successful, you will receive an offer you will need to accept.

Payment of this scheme is via a lump sum into your nominated bank account prior to or during the nominated work placement.

Other assistance

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

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..

The Deakin scholarships program for 2020 is now open. For further information please visit Find a scholarship.

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