Industry-Based Learning (IBL)

Available to current students up until the end of 2016. From 2017 Professional Placements are available for all eligible students to apply.

Get significant professional experience before you graduate and get paid for it.

The Industry-Based Learning (IBL) program is a fantastic opportunity to work in a position relevant to your studies before you graduate.

An IBL placement is optional. You apply to one of our partner host organisations for a six or twelve-month full-time placement. The duration of your course will be extended by the length of the placement.

An IBL placement is a worthwhile way to:

  • Apply the theory learned during your studies to real work situations in a supportive learning environment.
  • Gain a competitive edge upon graduation.
  • Clarify your career path.
  • Develop your confidence.
  • Develop practical workplace skills.
  • Get an insight into how organisations operate.
  • Be mentored by industry professionals.
  • Make valuable contacts within industry.
  • Earn while you learn.


Six or 12 months full-time. Most host organisations prefer to offer students a 12-month placement.

Undertaking an IBL placement will extend the total duration of your degree and does not reduce the number of units you need to undertake.

Course credit

IBL does not contribute credit points towards your degree. Satisfactory completion will be noted on your academic transcript. 

Credit points will appear on your transcript against IBL units, however these do not form part of the overall course requirements.


You will be paid as part of your IBL placement. Pay is at minimum award rates as applicable to the industry sector in which you are employed.


Students will be charged a tuition fee when undertaking placements and enrolling in the associated units.


  • Undergraduates who commenced their degree prior to 2016.
  • Australian citizens or permanent residents. (International, postgraduate and Open Universities Australia students are not eligible for the IBL program. )
  • Generally, you are expected to have completed four semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent) at the time you commence your IBL placement and to have at least one semester remaining on your return.
  • You are expected to have a credit average.
  • Attendance at an IBL preparation seminar.
  • There may be specific eligibility requirements for some degrees and placements. Contact us to find out more.

How to apply

Industry-Based Learning is no longer offered. From Semester 2, 2016, eligible students can register their interest in Professional Placements for the Semester 1, 2017 intake.