Inclusive Work-integrated Learning
Work-integrated Learning (WIL) is any practical work, teaching, study or research activity required by post-secondary education providers as an integral part of a course. Work-integrated Learning (WIL) is also known as fieldwork, work placements, practicum, professional experience, internship, or clinical placement.
WIL allows you to learn through direct implementation of your knowledge and future professional role in real workplace settings. It prepares you for meaningful and productive participation in industry, the workforce and the community.
A WIL or placement education partner is an agent, contractor, collaborating agency, facility, industry, organisation, school, site or placement provider that provides structured and supervised practical experience for you for the purposes of a qualification.
A post-secondary education provider is responsible for ensuring that WIL partners provide reasonable adjustments for you and comply with the requirements of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Education 2005. To ensure you are aware of your right to reasonable adjustments, post-secondary education providers should ensure that you are advised of these rights during orientation and at the commencement of each semester when WIL is undertaken.
If you meet essential entry requirements to a post-secondary education provider, you cannot be prevented from enrolling in a course because of your disability. However, it is important to seek out information about course requirements, including WIL, before enrolling in order to make realistic course choices.
Reasonable adjustments and disclosure
You are the expert on your disability, how it affects you and what will be helpful and/or unhelpful. It is your responsibility to articulate your needs and to communicate if you feel that a placement is inappropriate and not able to meet your needs and have reasonable adjustments provided. You are encouraged to seek advice from a disability practitioner who will work with you and liaise with staff such as the WIL placement officer to identify strategies to assist you in meeting course requirements, including WIL activities.
It is a post-secondary education provider’s responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for you to undertake WIL activities. This includes ensuring that appropriate adjustments are arranged by WIL partners. Where it is not possible for you to participate in WIL activities because of disability or medical condition, the provider should endeavour to provide alternative experiences that will allow you to meet the learning outcomes of the unit or course.
If you feel you have been discriminated against in your WIL or placement activity review the information on Disability Discrimination.