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 2020 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.

2020 Applications


Payments are calculated on the minimum duration (hours) required by the WIL unit according to the 2020 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 2020 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 placement carried over from Trimester/Semester 1 2020 or a Trimester/Semester 2 2020  unit placement confirmed by your faculty
  • not have received a HEPPP Retention and Support scholarship or WIL in any other 2020 Trimester/Semester
  • not have another current Deakin scholarship equal to or greater than $2500 per Trimester/Semester in 2020
  • 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 are open for Trimester 3 2020 confirmed placements, and close at 5pm AEDT Tuesday 10 November 2020.

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Successful applicants will be notified within a standard timeframe of 1 – 2 weeks from the closing date. 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

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.
  • 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 2020.

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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