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 or (03) 9244 6555.

How to apply?

Places are strictly limited. You must submit an online application via UniHub and be successfully matched in order to complete this unit.

Applications for T3 2020 have now closed. Please email the WIL team at if you wish to be notified when T1 2021 applications open.

Key dates

Over T3 2020, this program will take place over 6 weeks. The program will start on Tuesday 10th November and will run until Tuesday 15th December. There is a mandatory induction prior to the program commencing on Thursday 5th November. There is also a mid-project check-in with the client at a time and date to be determined.

Trimester weeksDate Program weekActivities
Before first week of program

Thursday 5th November

0 Mandatory 2-hour induction session
Week 1

11am – 3pm Tuesday 10th November


Content Session – Program introduction, Interpreting client briefs, Client interviewing, Initial client meetings

Week 1 Thursday or Friday 1 Group mentor session, Client Meeting
Week 2 11am – 3pm Tuesday 17th November 2 Content Session – Market research and marketing
Week 2 Thursday or Friday 2

Group mentor session

Week 3 11am – 3pm Tuesday 24th November 3 Content Session – Design thinking
Week 3 Thursday or Friday 3 Group mentor session
Week 4 11am – 3pm Tuesday 1st December 4 Content Session – Ethical and social responsibility in the workplace and report writing skills for a professional report
Week 4 Thursday or Friday 4 Group mentor session
Week 5

11am – 3pm Tuesday 8th December

5 Content Session – Developing professional skills in an Australian workplace and Practice Presentations
Week 5 Thursday or Friday 5 Group mentor session
Week 6 11am – 3pm Tuesday 15th December 6 Final client presentations

Content session topics and order subject to change
Please contact the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at for any questions regarding your application..

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