Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

Criteria to Qualify for Nomination

Criteria updated October 2019

Nominees will

  • Have made a significant contribution to advancing the practice, theory or status of work integrated learning
  • Have a minimum of 10 years’ service in the field of Work Integrated Learning or related area.


Honorary Life members

  •  will receive a complimentary annual membership
  • will be recognized at the ACEN  National Conference
  • will be provided with a plaque indicating their Honorary Life Membership

Nomination Process

The award is based on written information provided by a member of ACEN and should include:

  • A letter of nomination signed by a member of ACEN who is familiar with the work of the nominee.
  • Evidence of the nominees outstanding contribution to ACEN/WIL in Australia and or internationally. Examples of evidence could include publications, major projects, resource development, program development, student feedback, industry partnerships, awards, contributions to institutional state, national or international activities and any other supporting documents deemed appropriate.
  • Two (2) letters of support from colleagues or associates.

Applicants may not self-nominate.

Selection process

Honorary Life memberships will be awarded at the discretion of the ACEN Board. Criteria for assessing applications will include

  • Evidence of sustained contribution or innovation in WIL of at least 5 years
  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to advancing national and international knowledge and practice regarding Work Integrated Learning
  • Evidence of outstanding contribution to the impact of WIL activities at state, national or international level.

Up to 3 Honorary Life memberships will be awarded annually.

All evidence must be sent as attachments to the one nominating email. All nominations should be sent to Leoni Russell by 14 August 2020

 2018 Life Member Stephen Billett

The 2018 ACEN Life Member was awarded to Professor Stephen Billett at the 2018 Conference in recognition of his contributions to research and scholarship around work, learning and higher education that have transformed the position of work-based and work-integrated learning within the discourse of higher education.

The history of his work presents a journey of transformation of the position of work and learning, with a movement away from considering this nexus as solely in the context of vocational education and training, to now being considered as a central element of university and higher education.

He has been recognised through an ARC Future Fellowship, ALTC National Teaching Fellowship, and most recently an OLT Innovation and Development grant, each of which he has used to advance understanding and pedagogic practices associated with work and learning.

His work has been referenced and cited extensively across the papers presented at ACEN conferences, emphasising the impact that his research has had in shaping, and re-shaping, thinking and practice in work- integrated learning.

Dr Stephen BIllett

Dr Stephen BIllett

2016 Life Members

ACEN Life Members were announced at the 2016 Conference dinner.

They are (l. to r.) Prof. Jan Orell, Flinders University; Freny Tayebjee, University of Western Sydney; Carol-Joy Patrick, Griffith University.