Strategic Plan





  • Lead the promotion and enhancement of WIL throughout Australia.
Advocate for WIL

Expand ACEN membership

Maintain and support state chapters
Engage with international associations

Promote the WIL Leadership Framework

  • Support the implementation of the National WIL strategy
  • Engage with government and industry bodies.
  • Comprehensive engagement through multiple communication channels.
  • Bi-annual National WIL Conference including bi-annual Research Symposium.
  • Promote membership via events and staff contacts in Universities.
  • Support through promotion and resourcing of state events.
  • Expand collaboration and enhance communication with national associations globally.
  • Active involvement and advocacy for ACEN through WACE Board membership.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and practice in WIL for the improvement of the student experience
Support the sharing of effective practice in WIL.

Contribute to enhancing student access to WIL.

Support student success in WIL.

Advance and promote the use of technologies for WI

  • Through regular state events, webinars and video conferencing.
  • Provision of scholarships to assist students with WIL placements.
  • Success stories on website and in newsletters.
  • Increased use of innovative technologies.
  • Increased use of video conferencing and LinkedIn
  • Develop a comprehensive professional learning program
  • Develop resources and tools
  • Develop stronger partnerships between host organisations and universities to enhance WIL opportunities and to encourage discussion regarding the ongoing changes to the industrial landscape and the world of work.
Simplify engagement models to allow host organisations to better connect with universities

Identify, showcase and promote effective partnerships

Advocate for ongoing evaluation and impact

  • Develop generic guidelines to enhance engagement with host organisations.
  • Provide a platform for the exchange of information in relation to WIL practice
  • Work to make evaluation part of the National WIL Strategy
  • Lead and support WIL Identify and Advance research and scholarship in priority areas
Identify and advocate for research and scholarship in priority areas

Endorse and support research and scholarship proposals and projects

Encourage and support early career researchers

Support the dissemination of findings from WIL research and projects to the sector

  • Establish mechanisms to assist in identifying areas of research priority including for ACEN grants
  • Manage ACEN Research grant scheme including mechanisms to consider and recommend proposals to the ACEN Board
  • Ensure ACEN remains a robust sustainable organisation.

Implement robust governance and financial systems.


Develop a succession plan.


  • Facilitate bi-annual ACEN WIL Research Symposium and LinkedIn group for both expert and early career researchers
  • Encourage dissemination and publication of research outcomes in relevant journals
  • Maintain sub group mechanisms to consider and recommend grant proposals to the Board
  • Review and where relevant endorse project proposals for grant schemes other than ACEN consistent with ACEN guidelines and National WIL strategy priorities
  • Support dissemination of key research outcomes in the ACEN website and newsletter
  • Develop an annual budget framework to further the aims of ACEN.
  • Clear and transparent accountability through sound corporate practices and timely financial reporting.
  • Maintain strong membership to ensure financial sustainability.