Understanding rights and responsibilities

Whatever type of WIL activity you’re involved in, a critical part of your preparation will be making sure you understand the expectations of the activity.

Remember that you will need to balance your WIL activity with your other commitments, such as study, work and personal commitments.

It is important you understand what your WIL activity entails, such as:

  • duration of the activity
  • whether you need to travel
  • if you need to apply for any checks such as a police check or a working with children check
  • any induction material you need to complete
  • how you’ll be assessed

You, your education provider and the organisation you’re working with all have certain rights and responsibilities to adhere to during a WIL activity.

Select each item below to learn more about these responsibilities:

Industry or community organisation

Industry or community organisation

- Provide a safe working environment if you are based onsite at their workplace
- Provide orientation and induction information
- Set tasks and deadlines
- Supervise you during the activity
- Offer feedback and guidance
- Assess the WIL participant's performance

You

You

- Represent your education provider
- Conduct yourself responsibly and professionally at all times
- Adhere to your education provider's Code of Conduct
- Complete any paperwork and relevant checks if required prior to beginning your WIL activity
- Attend and complete the activity as required
- Raise any concerns that may arise

University

University

- Ensure you are prepared before your WIL activity starts
- Provide orientation and induction information
- Approve your WIL activity before you start
- Provide ongoing support throughout your WIL activity
- Communicate with you on a regular basis throughout the activity
- Assess your performance and experience
- Provide you with feedback

If you have any concerns about your rights and responsibilities or about the conduct of the industry/community organisation, it is important to contact your WIL teacher/academic or WIL Coordinator to discuss this. It can be daunting to have a potentially difficult conversation, but it’s important that you are supported throughout your activity.

Preparing for your WIL Activity: What is WIL?

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