Industry-Based Learning (IBL)

Available to undergraduates who commenced their degree prior to 2016.

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.

Course credit

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


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.


  • 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

We will assess your eligibility and, if eligible, we will advise you on the next steps to gain entry into the program. Securing a placement is a competitive process and will rely on the quality of your CV, cover letter, academic record, interview and (for design students) folio.