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The project aimed to translate inclusive education principles into the work-integrated learning (WIL) context in order to improve student access, participation and progression. The project used a strategic approach across four levels: principles, policies, guidelines, and procedures to support students from diverse backgrounds in the disciplines of built environment, business and health. The key objectives of the project were to:

  1. Determine the extent and nature of the impact of WIL on access and progression of students from diverse backgrounds, and barriers to participation in WIL, in the disciplines of, built environment, business and health;
  2. Build institutional capacity for enabling broad access to and successful participation of students in WIL by translating inclusive principles and guidelines into policy and curriculum design;
  3. Implement and review inclusive WIL practices across four levels (i.e. principles, policies, guidelines and procedures) within pilot sites in the disciplines of built environment, business and health; and
  4. Facilitate processes for embedding inclusive WIL principles broadly across the higher education sector through dissemination of outcomes from sector‐wide consultation and findings from the pilot sites.

The four phases of the project were:

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 Project recommendations include:
  1. Institutions should review current policies, practices, curriculum design and delivery to determine how the Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL are actioned.
  2. Institutions should identify barriers to Inclusive WIL and support implementation of the Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL through targeted resources and training.
  3. Institutions should make available relevant student profile data to assist in the design and delivery of Inclusive WIL. Where this is not available relevant systems should be set up to gather this data.
  4. The higher education sector should collaborate with external bodies to address specific issues related to professional standards, accreditation requirements, student self-disclosure, confidentiality, duty of care, and reputational impact.
  5. Higher education institutions should work collaboratively with ACEN to ensure that The National WIL Strategy informs the development of a sector-wide framework for Inclusive WIL.
  6. The higher education sector should work collaboratively with industry partners to ensure the Principles, Guidelines and Strategies for Inclusive WIL are enacted to support student learning in the workplace.
  7. Institutions and relevant funding bodies should support further research to better understand and support Inclusive WIL.

The key points and resources from the project are captured in the Achievements Statement.