Engaging with universities to accomplish change

Engaging with universities to accomplish change


Join us for a challenging conversation, and be part of a solutions-based discussion between University staff and representatives from the not-for-profit sector about how we can work together to better serve the community and effect change.

Date: 27 November 2018, 2 pm

Registration starts at 1.30pm

Location: Griffith University, South Bank Campus, S05_2.04 Map

This is a free event!

Keynote Speaker Corey White

There are few voices in comedy as unique and potent as Corey White.

Corey WhiteIn 2014, Corey performed his debut stand up show The Cane Toad Effect – a staggeringly personal story of his experience growing up in foster care, surviving domestic violence, recovering from drug addiction and dealing with mental illness. He handled this material with a deftness and humour that far exceeded his experience, garnering critical praise and winning Best Show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe and Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.

He was later profiled on ABC TV’s Australian Story, shining a light on his and his sister’s experience growing up in the foster care system and the path that took him all the way to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. In late 2016 he was selected to have his show recorded as part of the ABC Next Gen comedy series.

In 2018, Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise, a series created by Corey for the ABC, will finally solve all the world’s problems while continuing to advocate for change for kids stuck in our dysfunctional foster care system.

He is also very funny

Panel Members
Corey White plus

ingrid-birkettDr. Ingrid Burkett has two decades of experience in leading social innovation in Australia and internationally and brings to the Yunus Centre a background in both the practice and research of social business, and a a determination and passion to create better outcomes in social systems. Drawing together experience in business, design, social science, community development and economics, Ingrid is also an award-winning teacher, who aims not only to contribute to creating change, but to make sure we learn in the process.

Ingrid has worked across business, government and community sectors, started and run three successful social businesses, designed and developed internationally recognised place-based initiatives, and written about social innovation in works that have been translated into a dozen languages. Most recently she was Director of Systems Innovation at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

Anastasia-MagripilisAnastasia Magriplis has led UnitingCare Volunteering encompassing; Lifeline, Blue Care, Child and Family Services, The Wesley, St Andrews, Buderim Private and St Stephens Hospitals and their combined more than 9200 volunteers for over 20 years. She has demonstrated excellence in strategic leadership through significant changing times.
Anastasia carefully balances the best of human resource management practice, customer service and community development principles to ensure the volunteering experience is as effective as possible for the volunteer and the recipients. She involves the widest group of internal and external partners and stakeholders when designing and developing volunteering programs to ensure they have the most impact, are is enriching, viable, responsive and results driven.

caorljoy-patrickCarol-joy Patrick has been responsible for around 4,000 student internships in her 25-year career working for Griffith University in partnership with industry and community organisations. Her practice is supported by her nationally and internationally recognised research in the areas of internships, developing employability skills and establishing an award-winning service-learning program at Griffith University to enhance students awareness of, and engagement with, human rights and social justice.
She is passionate about enhancing opportunities for young people to experience the transformative nature of volunteering.

john-grahamJohn Graham (Uncle John) is a Kombumerri man, a member of the wider Yugumbeh Language Group, Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast Region. He is an Elder on the Griffith Council of Elders and a Senior Learning Assistance Officer at the GUMURRII Unit. He is a mentor with strong links to Community and serves as Cultural Adviser on a variety of Committees and Projects providing guidance, protocols, and advice around culture and Public Policy.

Most recently, Uncle John was instrumental in the development of the Weaving First Peoples knowledge and Perspectives in Curriculum project. He also worked closely with GOLDOC at the recent Commonwealth games held at the Gold Coast.

tony-sharpTony Sharp: As the founder of Substation33 it gives me great pleasure to see our operations growing and blossoming on many fronts. Substation33 was just a start-up 5 years ago with the main drive to provide meaningful work and skills development to volunteers and employees, generate social returns for YFS and the Logan community, divert electronic waste from landfill and chance the conversations about these important topics in the broader community.

My passion lies in creating sustainable social enterprises that create opportunities to people to participate in a supportive work environment as they develop the skills and behaviors they need to work in mainstream workplaces. As a result, I was the driving force behind the development and continued the growth of the ‘ Social Enterprise Network – Logan’ as the founding and current Chair. In 2017 I was the co-founder of the inaugural Logan Startup Weekend.

Most recently I have accepted an additional role as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Griffith Universities Yunus Centre.

2018 is shaping up to be a busy year as my role as a foundation spokesperson of INNOV8 – Logan takes hold.

Call for Papers: special issue of the  IJWIL

Call for Papers: special issue of the IJWIL

Call for Papers

Special Issue of the International Journal for Work-Integrated Learning

Presenters of the 2018 ACEN Conference, Brisbane, Australia are invited to submit an expanded and fuller version of their conference paper for the Special Issue of the International Journal for Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL).

Important dates:

  • Full paper submission:       14th December, 2018
  • Reviewers’ feedback:           End of Feb, 2019
  • Final paper submission:     May, 2019
  • Publication date:                  May-June, 2019
Research Conversations ACEN ACT/NSW

Research Conversations ACEN ACT/NSW

The ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter and ACEN National Research and Scholarship sub-committee invites you to join us in WIL Research Conversations! This is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded practitioners and scholars interested in furthering our knowledge of WIL scholarship, research and practice. The group aims to meet face-to-face through Zoom (similar to Skype), to discuss thoughts, insights and practical applications related to a nominated WIL journal article or topic.


May 2019 Quality in WIL

In this session, Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto will be joining us to spark conversation around quality in WIL programs. This discussion will be driven by the recently released Australian Council of Deans of Science report titled “Quality and Standards for Work integrated Learning” (Winchester-Seeto, 2019).

Friday, 31 May

12pm – 1pm (AEST)

June 2019 Research Methods 1: Methodologies

Dr Jenny Fleming is our guest speaker this session, discussing methodologies in WIL from her recent paper in IJWIL titled “Methodologies, methods and ethical considerations for conducting research in work-integrated Learning’ (Fleming & Zegwaard, 2018).

Friday, 28 June

12pm – 1pm (AEST)

July 2019 Research Methods 2: Qualitative Analysis Workshop

In this workshop, Dr Anna Rowe and Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto will take us through some practical advice and tips for analysing qualitative data through NViVo.

Friday, 26 July

12pm – 1pm (AEST)


Anyone can participate! Any ACEN member in Australasia can join us.

Registration: https://forms.gle/FxRrudeA7xgJSCRV8

Please note that places are limited. Participants will be sent an email prior to the session to confirm their attendance. This email will contain a copy of the article to be reviewed and details of how to join the session.


For any questions, please contact Dr Bonnie Dean, University of Wollongong bonnie_dean@uow.edu.au

We look forward to meeting you, sharing ideas and learning from one another!

WIL Snapshots: ACEN NSW/ACT Second Chance Conference

WIL Snapshots: ACEN NSW/ACT Second Chance Conference

Monday 4 February, 2019

This one day event will showcase the latest research and practice in WIL, providing NSW/ACT members who may have missed recent conferences (such as ACEN), a second chance at hearing about the exciting work that is being done.

Registrations for the event are now open

If you have recently presented on work-integrated learning (WIL) at a conference or symposium, you are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to present again at the ‘WIL snapshots: ACEN NSW/ACT Second Chance Conference’.

Submit an EOI

Expressions of Interest are due by COB 19th December. The event will be held on Monday 4 February, 2019 at the University of Sydney CBD Campus.

For further information please contact bonnie_dean@uow.edu.au or a.rowe@unsw.edu.au

Regulation of WIL and Managing Risks workshop

Regulation of WIL and Managing Risks workshop

This event for ACEN members, is aimed at university staff involved with WIL, including academics, administrators and lawyers. It will cover risks associated with work based placements including liability for workplace safety, protecting students against discrimination, harassment and bullying, managing intellectual property and the extent to which other workplace entitlements and protections extend to student WIL participants. The intersection of various areas of law (such as labour and education law) between different jurisdictions, and between public ordering (legislation, role of agencies such as FWO, decisions of courts and tribunals) and the role of universities, will be explored.

Date: Friday 30 November
Time: 9am – 1pm

Venue: Monash University, Room 231, Learning and Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton Campus, Vic 3800 Map


9.00-9.30am Registration

9.30-10.30am The regulatory framework and labour-related risks of WIL – Prof Andrew Stewart, The University of Adelaide Law School.

10.30-11.00am Morning tea

11.00-1.00pm Workshop – Identifying and managing placement risks in WIL – Dr Craig Cameron, Griffith University.


Prof Andrew Stewart is the John Bray Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide and a Legal Consultant to the law firm Piper Alderman. One of Australia’s leading experts in employment law and workplace relations, his books include Stewart’s Guide to Employment Law and Creighton & Stewart’s Labour Law. His current research includes an Australian Research Council-funded project, with Adelaide Law School colleagues Rosemary Owens, Anne Hewitt and Joanna Howe, on the regulation of unpaid work experience. He has co-authored major reports on this topic for the Fair Work Ombudsman (2013), the Department of Employment (2016) and the International Labour Organization (2018).   

Dr Craig Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in Corporations Law at Griffith University and Corporate Counsel for the Dental Services Network, advising on corporate and employment issues.  Craig has served as a Program Director within the Griffith Business School, and as a creator and co-ordinator of WIL programs in Accounting, Financial Planning and Economics. In terms of research, Craig has published extensively in the WIL field on topics including: labour regulation, legal risk and risk management in WIL programs; industry relationships; and generic skills development and self-efficacy of business students.

Catering: Coffee and morning tea provided. Please supply any dietary requirements when registering

This event is likely to be in high demand, early registration is advised.

Cost: Free to ACEN members

We are not recording the session.