Business for Social Impact

What is Business for Social Impact?

MWL305/MWL705 Business for Social Impact aims to engage students in an authentic experience that will provide them with an opportunity to develop a more empathetic understanding of diverse communities and cultures (domestically or globally). This deeper understanding will develop their capacity to contribute ethically and responsibly in the socially, culturally and linguistically diverse world. Students will critically reflect upon their experience, relevant graduate attributes and employability competencies through a progressive assessment process.

Who can apply?

This unit is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students, who are eligible use a WIL unit towards their degree.

This unit requires students to apply for a pre-approved faculty or university program. On successful application, students will be enrolled in either MWL305 or MWL705 by the Faculty WIL team. Students cannot self-enrol in this unit.

Please see approved programs below for further details and how to apply.

Approved programs

Rural, Regional and Remote Study Tours

Join the Business & Law WIL team at Deakin Warrnambool for our first program as part of the Rural, Regional and Remote (3R) program series. In this two-week intensive consulting program, student teams of 4-5 will work with a regional business in Warrnambool on an industry problem or project. Students will also be engaged in a range of local activities and industry sessions, before presenting their recommendations to the client on the final program day.

Accommodation and planned activities will be provided by the Faculty WIL team. Travel grants of up to $1000 will be available to support low SES students or those facing financial difficulty traveling regionally. For details and how to apply for the grant, please email

Dates: Monday 31 October to Friday 11 November.
Location: Deakin Warrnambool Campus
Unit: MWL305 or MWL705 Business for Social Impact in T3 2022

Applications for T3 are now open. Apply here.

The Big Issue – Social Impact Project

The Social Impact Project is an immersive learning experience for students. In this program we challenge students to develop a concept and plan for a project or a business that will create positive social or environmental change.

Participation in the Social Impact Project will give you:

  • Practical experience in developing a concept into a workable business or project plan
  • A first-hand look into developing and running a social enterprise, with exclusive access to The Big Issue's management team through a podcast series and live feedback sessions
  • Valuable employability skills such as problem solving, leadership and self-motivation
  • An opportunity to hear from a guest speaker who has experienced disadvantage.

The Social Impact Project is run by The Big Issue, Australia's longest standing social enterprise. The Big Issue is an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating work opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and marginalisation.

You will work in multi-disciplinary teams of 3-6, collaborating in a professional environment to develop an integrated response to the project. Throughout the program, you will be supported by an academic supervisor and have opportunities to engage with a range of industry experts from The Big Issue, plus guest speakers who have experienced disadvantage to build and then apply your knowledge. You will be involved in client-focused teamwork that will help develop intercultural communication, leadership and teamwork skills, which are all the top essential graduate attributes.

2022 program offerings: T2

Click here for further information and how to apply


The DeakinTALENT FreelancingHUB is an exciting and innovative work-integrated learning initiative designed to develop work-ready graduates. The FreelancingHUB offers internships within a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural team, developing a solution for a not-for-profit or community organisations. Each project team is assigned an experienced industry mentor/project manager.​

The FreelancingHUB gives interns an opportunity to explore working-for-self as a professional freelancer within a co-working space whilst developing key employability skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Internships are open to students across all study areas and Campuses including the Cloud.​

2022 program offerings: T1, T2, T3

Click here for further information and how to apply

Unit details and eligibility

Please visit the University Handbook for further unit information and key trimester dates.

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.

Key dates and FAQs

  • Whilst MWL305 and MWL705 are offered in every trimester, please be aware that not every program will run each trimester.
  • Program applications will typically open and close the trimester before. I.e. You must apply for a T3 program prior to the end of T2.

Frequently-asked questions

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