Employer & Host FAQs

The Answers

Please contact us at bus.wil@rmit.edu.au if you have a particular question that is not answered here.

How are students prepared for their placement?

Students are offered support by a dedicated team that provides preparation sessions throughout the year before a student’s placement.

Can students study while on placement?

Students will have assignments or assessment tasks to complete while on placement that are counted towards the requirements of their degree, however, undertaking formal study concurrently is not recommended.

What if we have concerns about a students’ work performance?

Students undertaking a placement in your organisation are bound by your professional standards and behavioural expectations in the workplace. They are also enrolled students and their performance at the workplace may have academic implications. If any difficulties arise you may contact bus.wil@rmit.edu.au for support.

Does RMIT have insurance for students participating in Work Integrated Learning or Work Experience placements?

Yes. Students are required to be enrolled in a relevant course and as such RMIT has extensive insurance to cover student placements with outside organisations. The insurance policies include:

  • Public and products liability insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Professional indemnity (medical malpractice) insurance
  • Host employers liability insurance
  • Student personal accident insurance

Certificates of currency for these insurance policies are available upon request.

What if I want my student to continue working after the placement period ends?

A significant number of students obtain employment as a result of their placement. Once students complete their program requirement, you can negotiate any future arrangements directly with students. Please note that any such arrangements must be compliant with the Fair Work Act (2009).

What is the role of the academic supervisors?

The academic supervisor conducts briefing sessions before and after the placement to plan and debrief (in person or by email), visits students during the placement and assesses the student’s written assignment/s depending on the placement type.