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.


2021 Applications

Applications for the 2021 will be open for the following dates.

2021 WIL Student Support Scheme application open dates
Study periodOpening dateClosing date
Trimester/Semester 1 2021Monday 15 March at midday AEDTSunday 4 April 2021 at 5pm AEST
Trimester/Semester 2 2021Monday 19 July at midday AESTApplications were extended beyond Sunday 8 August and closed Tuesday 17 August 2021
Trimester 3 2021Monday 8 November at midday AEDTSunday 21 November at 5pm AEDT

Benefits

Payments are calculated on the minimum duration (hours) required by the WIL unit according to the 2021 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.

Eligibility criteria

To meet the eligibility criteria for 2021 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 2021 Academic year with a confirmed placement arranged with your faculty
  • not have received a HEPPP Retention and Support scholarship or WIL in any other 2021 Trimester/Semester
  • not have another current Deakin scholarship equal to or greater than $2500 per Trimester/Semester in 2021
  • 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 threshold, $56,000, depending on independence status.
    • preference will be given to students with a home postcode that has been identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as having Socio-economic disadvantage

* For Trimester/Semester 1 and 2 placements, students must be enrolled full time (3 or more credit points) in the placement study period.


How to apply

  • Applications for Trimester /Semester 1 and Trimester /Semester 2 2021 have closed.
  • Applications for Trimester 3 will open Monday 8 November 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified within a standard timeframe of 1 – 2 weeks following application assessment.

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, successful applicants will receive their funding approximately 1 week prior to their placement start date.


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.

See these examples of supporting documentation for financial hardship (PDF, 3.0MB)

Acceptable documentation

You currently receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit

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.

You are self-supporting with an income below $56,000

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.

Download a statutory declaration

You are supported by your family with a combined income below $56,000

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.

Download a statutory declaration

Unacceptable documentation

The following documentation will not be accepted for this category:

  • payslips
  • tax documents
  • bank statements
  • bills

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.

Acceptable documentation

You currently receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit

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.

You are self-supporting with an income below $56,000

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.

Download a statutory declaration

You are supported by your family with a combined income below $56,000

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.

Download a statutory declaration

Unacceptable documentation

The following documentation will not be accepted for this category:

  • payslips
  • tax documents
  • bank statements
  • bills

See these examples of supporting documentation for financial hardship (PDF, 3.0MB)


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 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 2021.

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


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.

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