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Workplace Learning - Placement

Employers are looking for graduates with work experience who can quickly play a significant role and help the organisation achieve its objectives. Undertaking a work placement component as part of your UniSC degree helps you prepare to meet these expectations.

Workplace Learning (WPL) is an elective course that provides a valuable transition from university to your professional life. WPL provides an opportunity for students in the final year of their program to obtain academic credit for a course at university at the same time as gaining valuable experience in the workplace. WPL provides the opportunity to put theory into practice, develop a range of essential skills sought by employers, establish a work history and create networking contacts.


Students undertake a diverse range of placements according to their program, career path and interests. Placements may be undertaken either locally, interstate or overseas according to your program and placement availability.

Placements are available in the following areas:

  • Animal ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental science
  • Science

Visit Managing your progression for instructions on how to check whether you have room in your program for a WPL course.

Animal ecology

Students may seek their own organisation for placement or request assistance from for recommended organisations and contacts.

Environmental Management

Students will have the opportunity in your final year to undertake a work placement giving you necessary practical experience to enter the job market or pursue further studies.

Environmental Science

Placements range from regional and state government departments, community groups, mining companies, and consultancies to animal rehabilitation.


Science placements are based upon your major, career path and interests. Students may seek their own organisation for placement.

Previous placement hosts for Animal Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Management and Science Students


Energy Conference Network

Ocean Eco Adventures

Australia Zoo

Farm Animal Rescue

Oceans 2 Earth Foundation

Banana Shire Council

Fraser Coast Marine Research Lab

Performax Science

Biodiverse Environmental

Future-Plus Environmental

Provectus Algae

Botanical Food Company Pty Ltd

Great Sandy Marine Park - Hervey Bay

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Maroochydore

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Hall Contracting Pty Ltd

Queensland Turtle Conservation Project

Canopy Enterprises Pty Ltd

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Rainbow Beach - Coastal and Island Parks Region

Changing Habits Pty Ltd

Hervey Bay Whale Watch


Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre

Icon Water

*SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium

Cooloola Coast Care Association Inc.

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania


Core Consultants Pty Ltd

Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters

Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo

Department of Agriculture & Fisheries - Agri-Food and Data Sciences

John Holland Group Pty Ltd

Southern Pacific Sands

Department of Agriculture & Fisheries - Nambour

Kaipatiki Project

Sunshine Coast Council

Department of Environment and Science

Kingfisher Bay Resort

Sunshine Coast Gut Clinic

Devcon Building Co

Maroochy Research Facility Nambour

Turbid Water Solutions

Devils at Cradle Wildlife Park

Mon Repos Turtle Centre


Duke Environmental

Nambour Christian College

Wild Byron Pty Ltd


Natural Bushland Ecology

Wildlife HQ

Ellume Pty Ltd

Noosa Council

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland


*For students interested in a work placement at SeaLife Aquarium Sunshine Coast, you will need to fill out a student application form and send a completed copy to the WPL course coordinator. Applicants will then be determined based on a selection process with SeaLife Aquarium staff. Applications are considered for the Displays and Curatorial team as well as the Mammals team.

*Short Term Study Overseas placements require 6 months notice and interested students must have a GPA4.5 and above and must contact the WPL Course Coordinator or

Placement structure

Students undertaking WPL have the option of completing work integrated learning appropriate to their discipline area in the form of industry work placements. Common durations of the work placements are:

Placements are available during semesters 1 and 2 as well as sessions 1, 5 and 8.

Applications for domestic placement are required to be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the respective session or semester for placement.

Study Sem/Session

Sem/Session start date

Application due date

Session 5 2023

17th June 2023

8th May 2023

Semester 2 2023

22nd July 2023

11th June 2023

Session 8 2023

25th November 2023

16th October 2023

Session 1 2024

2nd January 2024

21st November 2023

Semester 1 2024

26th February 2024

16th January 2024

Session 5 2024

17th June 2024

8th May 2024

Semester 2 2024

22nd July 2024

11th June 2024

Session 8 2024

25th November 2024

16th October 2024


Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by the host organisations to the students or to the University for hosting a student. Students undertaking an approved placement are covered by the University’s insurance policies.

Mandatory checks

Each placement has inherent requirements that may be specified by the host organisation and/or UniSC to enable you to undertake placement. Requirements may include but are not restricted to construction card, criminal history check, immunisation, current first aid certificate and Blue Card (working with children check).


Students are required to set learning objectives and maintain a daily reflective journal on their placement experience which will be assessed by the WPL Course Coordinator. Your placement supervisor will also complete a report on your activities and performance.

More information

For more information on how to apply for a WPL course visit Sonia online.


WPL Staff are available by appointment only. Contact your Course Coordinator using your UniSC student email. Alternatively students can contact to register their interest or request further information.