Australian Business Consultancy Program

What is the ABC Program?

Students will work in small consultancy teams to explore and develop a strategy in response to a specific business problem. The problem will be provided by Australian organisations from a range of sectors, sizes and locations.

Each week students will be engaged in a combination of program tailored content, hands-on project work, independent and team meetings and mentor sessions with the program leader. You will also have three opportunities to liaise with your client (initial interview, mid-project review and final presentation/pitch day). Under the guidance and supervision of an industry program leader, students will liaise with the organisation to understand the nature of the problem, their requirements and capabilities. The consultancy teams will work together to develop and deliver their assigned organisation a final report and presentation of suggested strategies.

Who can apply?

This program is available for credit to undergraduate and postgraduate students across all facilities and campuses, who are eligible to use a WIL unit towards their degree.

Program enrolment

Successful students are eligible to undertake this for 1 credit point and are required to enrol in:

It is your responsibility to ensure that taking a WIL unit contributes towards your course requirements, and will not prevent you from meeting your course rules. Please speak with a Student Adviser if you are unsure; you can contact them on buslaw@deakin.edu.au or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply?

Applications for T1 2021 are now open and places are strictly limited. To be considered, you must submit an online application by clicking HERE.

Applications will close Sunday 7 February 2021.

Please email the WIL team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au if you have any questions or issues about your application.

Key dates

Trimester weeksDate Program weekActivities
Before first week of program Thursday 4th March
10am – 12pm
0 Mandatory 2-hour induction session.
Group formation. 
Week 1 Monday 8th March
11am – 3pm
1 Content: Program introduction, Interpreting client briefs, Client interviewing, Preparing for the initial client meeting.
Week 1 Thursday 11th & Friday 12th March 1 Meetings: Initial Client Meeting – 45min per group
Week 2 Monday 15th March
11am – 3pm
2 Content: Market Research & Marketing
Week 2 Thursday 18th & Friday 19th March 2 Meetings: Group mentor sessions – 45min per group
Week 3 Monday 22nd March
11am – 3pm
3 Content: Design thinking
Week 3 Thursday 25th & Friday 26th March 3 Meetings: Group mentor sessions – 45min per group
Week 4 Monday 29th March
11am – 3pm
4 Content: Ethical and social responsibility in the workplace and report writing skills for a professional report
Week 4 Wednesday 31st March & Thursday 1st April 4 Meetings: Client Meeting – check in 30min per group.
Group mentor sessions – 45min per group

TRIMESTER BREAK
Week 5 Monday 12th April
11am – 3pm
5 Content: Developing professional skills in an Australian workplace and Practice Presentations
Week 5 Thursday 15th &
Friday 16th April
5 Meetings: Group mentor sessions incl practice presentation – 45min per group
Week 6 Monday 19th April
11am – 3pm
6 Content: Practice Presentations – 1 hr per group
Week 6 Thursday 22nd &
Friday 23rd April
6 Meetings: Final client presentation – 45 min per group (20min presentation + 25min Q&A)

Content session topics and order subject to change
Please contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at bl-wil@deakin.edu.au for any questions regarding your application..

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