The Labour Market and Work Integrated Learning – What does the future look like?

Sept 10, 2015 • Vic/Tas Chapter of ACEN

A presentation by Dr Jude Walker who is an expert in future demographic labour market research and analysis. Come along to this event to hear how the fast-moving and ever-changing economy will impact Work Integrated Learning and graduates.


volunteers-waACEN Webinar ‘Volunteering to Learn’

Thursday 1st October 2015

Based on findings from the OLT funded project ‘Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities’


PDF Flier

APJCEAPJCE special issue –  Work integrated learning: Building capacity

Papers from the Australian Collaborative Education Network Annual Conference 2014

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education publishes peer-reviewed original research, topical issues, and best practice articles from throughout the world dealing with Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Work Integrated Learning/Education (WIL).


ACEN State Chapter elections coming up

handsA call for nominations has been circulated to all members seeking nominations for the following positions in each State Chapter.

  • Chapter Chair
  • Chapter Secretary
  • Chapter Treasurer
  • General Chapter members
  • Chapter nominee to the national Board


  • You need to be an ACEN member in the chapter to nominate or to support a nomination.
  • Successful candidates are elected for two years and are eligible for re-election for up to three terms.

See who’s nominated or to get a nomination form or find out more about your chapter election …

  • Queensland – September 30 More
  • NSW/ACT – September 28 More
  • Vic/Tas – September 10 (9:30-10:00) followed by a workshop (10:00-12 noon) More
  • SA/NT – September 16 by teleconference More
  • WA – September 16 More

Building better WIL agreements


In response to the National WIL Strategy, ACEN is funding a project to develop Agreement Templates which incorporate the key elements of a legal contract to ensure the safety and well-being of students while on a WIL placement and clarify the role of the host organization and university. The project entails researching, collating and creating agreement templates for Work Integrated Learning. ACEN is seeking support from the ACEN Community in collecting samples of agreements currently used to formalize partnerships with industry and community.

Please forward examples of agreement templates to ACEN at Your support will be acknowledged.

Volunteering to Learn logoVolunteering to Learn Project website launch

You’re invited to the launch of the website of the Volunteering to Learn Project – the culmination of a two year Office for Learning and Teaching Grant across five partner universities, Murdoch University (lead), Curtin University, The University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Macquarie University with partners Volunteering Western Australia and Volunteering Australia. The research offers a new focus for research on good practice of Volunteering practice across a number of stakeholder groups in Australian Universities.

14th August 2015, 12.30pm – 2.00pm.

Murdoch University, School of Management and Governance, Murdoch, Western Australia – LL. 2.003 (2nd Floor)

R.S.V.P no later than Monday 3 August to

draft-nat-education-strategy-coverACEN Response to Draft National Strategy for International Education

The ACEN Board has submitted a response to the Draft National Strategy for International Education. As has been clear for some time, strategies to enable international students enhanced access to WIL is urgently needed. The ACEN Board is pleased that the Federal government is stressing the importance of WIL in the International student experience.

Draft Strategy

ACEN response

‘To give is to receive: true service-learning’

ND2Service-learning-Conference27-28 November 2015

The conference aims to showcase student service-learning projects and will focus on how these experiences have impacted on the students’ personal development and perhaps the lives of others.

You will also find out about the latest research and logistics of organising service-learning programs.

Combined with opportunities to network with fellow educators and share your experiences, we can work together to build school cultures of service learning.

Special guests ‘How Ridiculous’ on overcoming child poverty.

Register now:

More: Dr Glenda Cain Ph 08 9433 0174 or Associate Professor Shane Lavery  Ph 08 9433 0173

strategylogosUniversity and business leaders announce a comprehensive national WIL strategy

A National WIL Strategy has been developed by ACEN in collaboration with Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce (ACCI), Australian Industry Group (AIG ) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and has been released in Canberra at the Universities Australia conference. The strategy has been developed over the last 12 months after the signing of the Statement of intent last February. It provides a comprehensive national strategy to enhance and grow WIL in Australia.

The strategy focuses on approaches and actions based on findings from key research projects and is underpinned by strategies to strengthen partnerships between Universities and industry.

The ACEN board has been very involved in the development of the strategy and the ACEN Board has decided to align key initiatives for 2015 with this strategy.

National WIL Strategy (PDF)

WIL Statement of intent (PDF)

Media release (PDF)

Hear Belinda Robertson, Universities Australia on ABC RN Breakfast today, March 11 – second part of the interview

Daily Telegraph

Manufacturers’ Monthly

Access, participation and progression in WILEnhance access, participation and progression in WIL

‘Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in work integrated learning’ is an Office for Learning and Teaching project.

Successful WIL activities offer many benefits to students and can contribute to a sustainable workforce for future economic growth. Yet some students face barriers in gaining access to full engagement with such activities. The aim of this project is to translate inclusive education principles into the WIL context in order to improve student access, participation and progression. The project uses a strategic approach across four levels: principles, policies, guidelines, and processes to support students from diverse backgrounds in the disciplines of built environment, business and health.

More information and/or to make a contribution to the project

WIL-leadership-logoThe WIL Leadership Framework

The WIL Leadership Framework represents a multi-layered description of the capabilities employed by WIL leaders. These WIL capabilities have been integrated into five WIL leadership domains:

  • Shaping the WIL vision
  • Creating and sustaining WIL relationships
  • Fostering WIL engagement, expertise and student learning
  • Communicating and influencing WIL
  • Driving organisational and joint industry/university WIL outcomes

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Leadership Framework was an Office for Learning and Teaching project, Leading WIL: A distributed approach to enhance Work Integrated Learning.

The goal of the project was to develop:

  • a better understanding of the characteristics of WIL and WIL leadership needs in Australia framed within a context of distributed leadership;
  • strategies to build the capabilities and capacities that are needed by WIL leaders.

See the project website


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