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Curtin University
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)


What is Fieldwork?

Fieldwork is any approved practical work, teaching, study or research activity, usually conducted outside the normal place of University business. Fieldwork may be the integral part of a course (curricular) or a co-curricular activity organised by the university. Fieldwork includes but is not limited to:

  • clinical or practical work placements or activities;
  • participation in laboratories;
  • plant visits;
  • industrial premises or site visits;
  • practicums;
  • study tours;
  • field trips;
  • work experience;
  • service industry placements;
  • isolated and remote fieldwork camps and/or excursions and international fieldtrips/placements.

Fieldwork does not include activities that have not been approved through the university, such as volunteer and leisure activities, paid employment or unpaid work experience, and site visits that are not part of an award course.

For further information about fieldwork consult the Fieldwork Manual.

Consistent with the Fieldwork Policy, a governance framework for fieldwork at Curtin has been established. Refer to the Fieldwork Flowchart  or access Fieldwork Forms.

Fieldwork Preparation and Support

To prepare for fieldwork please consult the Fieldwork Manual and the WIL Blackboard resource Fieldwork Preparation Online.

Risk Management

Unit coordinators, fieldwork coordinators, staff and students must complete a Fieldwork Preliminary Risk Identification before commencing fieldwork, to determine the level of risk associated with the activity. If the risk level is found to be Low the risk assessment process is complete. If the Fieldwork Preliminary Risk Identification determines the level of risk is Medium to High a Fieldwork Risk Matrix must be completed. 

Fieldwork Agreements

A Fieldwork Agreement is negotiated between fieldwork coordinators, students and partners. Refer to the table below for the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders.

Staff   Students  Partners 

Designs, implements and evaluates fieldwork curriculum inclusive of all students 

Takes responsibility for own behaviour including discipline specific code of conduct Provide a positive and constructive learning environment 

Supports high quality student leaning experiences 

Prepares adequately for fieldwork Provide feedback that facilitates learning

Fosters productive partnerships between stakeholders 

Discloses issues that might affect fieldwork, e.g. disability, medical  conditions, injury Assign a variety of duties that foster professional development

Ensures all stakeholders are adequately prepared 

Identifies expectations, learning outcomes and assessment requirements  In consultation with the student, assess their performance in the  workplace

Oversees fieldwork governance

Communicates regularly and seeks feedback from supervisors Ensure a safe working environment for the student

Designs appropriate assessment and provides regular feedback

Reflects on how the fieldwork experiences improves work readiness Ensure a collaborative working relationship with the institution

Travel for WIL

For travel relating to domestic and international fieldwork, view either Travel Procedures for Students or Staff Travel Procedures.


Certificates of Currency cover staff and students undertaking approved fieldwork activities for personal accident, public liability and professional indemnity where appropriate.  

The Risk Management website contains information on travel insurance for staff and students.