FAQs

Can I undertake a placement if I am not enrolled in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) unit?

No. You must be enrolled in a WIL unit to be eligible to undertake a placement. Placements cannot commence until approval has been granted by the WIL Team. Placements cannot be approved retrospectively.

Why am I unable to enrol in the WIL unit via StudentConnect?

Some WIL units are “locked” for enrolment. Please contact health-wil@deakin.edu.au for assistance.

Can international students do WIL units?

Yes, however there are requirements that you need to be aware of and it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not breach conditions of your visa. More information on work component hours and visas.

I'm enrolled in a WIL unit. What's next?

Prior to the start of trimester, you will receive an email from the Health WIL team with information related to pre-placement requirements and options for securing a placement. Please check your Deakin email account regularly in the lead-up to trimester.

I'm interested in participating in Deakin's FreelancingHUB projects. Which units would the project be applicable for?

Students enrolled in HSH303 Health Practicum, HSH324 Integrated Learning for Practice, HPS328 Psychology at Work (Internship) or HSH755 Postgraduate Health Practicum can undertake a FreelancingHUB project for credit towards these units.

Please visit the Deakin Talent Freelancing HUB website for more information. If you have questions regarding your enrolment, please contact Student Advisers at Student Central for assistance.

Can I get recognition for prior learning (RPL) for a WIL unit?

RPL is strictly not available for WIL units. You must apply and have your placement approved prior to commencing a placement. Previous work experience cannot be recognised towards a WIL placement.

Can I use my existing job/current employer towards a WIL unit?

You are not permitted to undertake placement at your workplace, unless in exceptional cases which would  need to be approved by the unit chair and/or course leader. You are encouraged to make the most of WIL by broadening your skills, knowledge and networks at a different organisation than your workplace.

Do I have to obtain a Police Check?

Most WIL units require you to obtain a police check at your own expense prior to the commencement of placement. Police checks must be dated within the same year that the placement is being conducted. For example, if you undertake placement in 2021, you must have a police check dated in 2021. Please refer to Health WIL Placement Preparation for more detailed information.

Do I require a Working With Children Check?

Some units and host organisations require you to complete a Working With Children Check (WWCC) in order to participate in WIL. It is a legal requirement for those undertaking paid or voluntary child-related work in all Australian states and territories. Please refer to Health WIL Placement Preparation for more detailed information.

Can I undertake placement part-time or does it have to be completed full-time?

You can negotiate with your host supervisor at the organisation and discuss how you wish to complete the hours/days required for the placement over the trimester.

Can I start placement before or after the normal trimester start date?

It is preferred that students undertake placement during the trimester dates. If you have special circumstances that require you to complete placement outside the normal trimester dates, please contact health-wil@deakin.edu.au as academic approval will need to be requested.

What happens if I need to change my start or end date after I’ve already had my placement approved?

It is possible to change your dates, but you must get your placement supervisor to provide written confirmation of the new dates to health-wil@deakin.edu.au

What do I need to be aware of if I’m in my final trimester?

Please be aware that if your placement dates extend beyond the trimester teaching dates, there could be a delay in receiving your result. Students in their final trimester should complete their placement hours and assessments prior to the exam period to receive their results on time.

Where can I find information about insurance cover for my placement?

Insurance Cover
Deakin University provides Insurance Cover for Students Completing a Placement Experience approved by Deakin University.

You are covered under Deakin’s insurance policies while on placement as long as the placement is approved by Deakin and is a requirement of your studies, If you would like to continue in a volunteer capacity past the formal placement period, the organisation must agree and provide their own insurance cover.

Any accidents, injuries or incidents must be reported immediately to the Health WIL team, who will follow university procedure for making a report and lodging an insurance claim.

Is there any sort of financial assistance to undertake a WIL experience?

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for the WIL Student Support Scheme which can help to relieve financial stress and allow you to take a placement experience domestically or overseas. Please note that the scheme has strict eligibility criteria and funding levels can vary depending on the unit taken and duration of placement. Other scholarships may be available – for information please visit the Scholarships page.

When will I gain access to the Cloud Deakin site for the WIL unit?

Students generally will be able to access the Cloud Deakin site during Orientation week. Please contact the Health WIL team (health-wil@deakin.edu.au) if you require any assistance with the placement unit.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please contact the Health Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team on health-wil@deakin.edu.au or by phone at 03 9244 5643 for more information or assistance.

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