Elective placements

La Trobe offers opportunities for all students to undertake elective placement subjects which will help you gain practical, real life work experience and make valuable industry connections.

What is an Industry Placement?

  • Work Based Learning (WBL) subject is a combination of activities in a workplace + learning activities on LMS.
  • Industry Placements allow students to extend their formal academic learning beyond the classroom.
  • Aligned with your career aspirations.
  • LTU offers flexible opportunities – discipline subjects (see School), elective subjects (15CP), or the 4 subject Minor (60CP).

Why do an  Industry Placement elective subject?

  • Apply and develop knowledge and skills in the industry.
  • Expand communication skills.
  • Connect with professionals in your field.
  • Identify potential career options.
  • Possible future employment.

Industry placement subjects

Industry Placement Minor

The Industry Placement Minor comprises 4 subjects which you can use to complete between 1 and 4 placements (totaling 400 hours). The Industry Placement Minor allows you to apply your knowledge and skills in a professional work setting and gain valuable work experience and industry connections.

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Industry Placement subjects - LTU3IND and LTU5IND

These student-sourced industry placement elective subjects are designed to offer you the opportunity to develop your employability skills in a professional setting.

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Industry placement application process

If you are looking at enroling in one of the Industry Placement subjects please ensure you follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1 - Seek advice from your Course Coordinator

  • We would encourage you to seek advice from your Course Coordinator about which subject within your course is the most suitable to complete an industry placement.

Step 2 -  Information to seek  before applying online

  • You must check that you have space for an elective in your degree for the chosen Industry Placement subject you wish to enrol in.
  • Discuss the industry placement project, planned dates, and compliance needs with the proposed organisation.
  • Ask your proposed organisation to complete the student sourced Position Description.
  • Please ensure that your industry placement's start and end dates fall within the chosen semester and or term dates.
  • Discuss with your potential host any compliance requirements you may need prior to the commencement of your placement, for example working with children (wwc), police check etc.

Step  3 -  Apply online

  • Once you have selected which Industry Placements subject is the most suitable subject to enrol in and apply for you can then submit your application.
    (LTU2PP1, LTU2PP2, LTU3PP3, LTU3PP4, LTU3IND and/or LTU5IND).
  • LTU3IND and/or LTU5IND Student Sourced applications - Submit your application through APPLY HERE and attach the completed Position Description.
  • Industry Placement Minor applications, follow the application steps on the Industry Placement Minor page
  • University Sourced - Prepare a cover letter for your chosen university placement you are applying for, addressed to the organisational contact.
  • Submit your application through APPLY HERE ensure you add in what university-sourced opportunity you are applying for and attach your cover letter and Curriculum Vitae.
  • The Industry Placements team will review your application and advise you of the next steps.

Step 4 -  Application review

  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an acknowledgment email from the Industry Placements team who will then review your Position Description and complete due diligence with your proposed host organisation.
  • Within a week you will be advised if your application has been approved by the Subject Coordinator via the Industry Placements email.

Step 5 -  Finalising your placement paperwork

  • Once your PD has been approved the Industry placement team will send you an approval email which will also include a Student Placement Deed, which you must sign and return to Industry Placements industryplacements@latrobe.edu.au.
  • Ensure you have provided all your compliance documents to your host prior to your commencement date of placement.
  • A Work Based Learning (WBL) Agreement will be sent to your host organisation to complete and sign.( PLEASE NOTE: you cannot commence placement until an agreement has been signed off by your supervisor and subject coordinator and you have received a final confirmation email with placement start date.)
  • Both you and your host organisation will receive a copy of the finalised WBL Agreement for your records.

Upcoming information sessions

This session will cover important topics including:

Our information sessions are designed to help give you an overview of the fantastic elective Work Based Learning subjects at La Trobe, including their relationship to your course and how they compare to other subjects.

  • Your WBL subject options (LTU3IND, LTU5IND, or potentially discipline-based WBL subjects)
  • The Industry Placement Minor
  • Advantages of elective Work Based Learning subjects
  • How an industry placement will benefit you
  • Subject timelines, processes, requirements and placement options
  • Opportunities to get to know the academic team and have your questions answered

We strongly recommend attending this information session if you are interested in completing a for-credit industry placement at any point during your degree. Be sure to register early to be provided with the online meeting URL.

Status Session Type Date and TimeRegistrations
Closed La Trobe University Industry Placements Information Session - Summer 2022

Mon, 12 September 2022

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

If you would like a recording of the Placements Information Session - Summer 2022 held on Monday 12th September. Please email  industryplacements@latrobe.edu.au and a link will be sent to your email

How to apply

Important: Please ensure you follow the application steps before submitting your application.
Please note: You cannot start placement until any required checks are completed and a WBL agreement has been completed and you have received a final confirmation email with a start date to commence placement. Allow 2-4 weeks for checks to be completed.

For further information on Industry placement please submit any enquiries via the Work Based Learning Placements Student Enquiry form.  This will ensure that your question is answered quickly and by the right person.