Professional Practice placements are compulsory for the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery/Nursing. As an enrolled student, you must complete 800 hours of placement over the duration of your course. 

Successful completion of the course, including the mandatory placement hours, will let you apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

As of 2020, you may incur a placement fee if you don’t comply with minimum standards for external placements.

VU Collaborate

For further information about clinical learning and placements, log in to VU Collaborate: COMM- Professional Practice HE Nursing & Midwifery (2018) - COMM-91446.

Information you'll find on the VU Collaborate space includes:

  • placement block dates (via the Clinical Calendar)
  • professional practice rules and expectations
  • forms (including mandatory pre-placement documentation)
  • Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT)
  • professional practice news and updates (including last-minute placement opportunities).

Placement locations

Over the duration of the course, you'll undertake both metropolitan and rural professional placements – sometimes at venues far from your home due to placement availability. This may require travel by car or public transport, as well as overnight accommodation.

Shifts may be scheduled for different days and times, due to seven-day rotating shifts across morning, afternoon and night duty. You may need to attend placements on public holidays and university breaks.

Use InPlace Student Placement Portal to view the location of your placements.

InPlace Student Placement Portal

Using InPlace, enrolled Nursing and Midwifery students can:

  • find details of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities (ie placement details)
  • upload mandatory pre-placement documentation.

Log in to VU WIL/InPlace

Mandatory pre-placement requirements

To attend placement, students must complete the following pre-placement requirements each year by the due date, which will be updated via VU Collaborate.

If you don't complete these requirements by the due date each year, your course progression may be delayed, and you may be withdrawn from the Professional Practice unit you’re enrolled in.

1. Immunisation requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services requires all students undertaking placement in the healthcare sector to be fully immunised.

The annual Immunisation Checklist is available via VU Collaborate and, once completed, must be uploaded to VU WIL each year.

You need to submit a completed Immunisation Form signed off by a medical practitioner showing you are fully vaccinated for the following:

  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis B
  • influenza (annually)
  • pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, diptheria
  • measles, mumps, rubella
  • varicella (chickenpox).

You also need to have an annual tuberculosis screening.

Start your immunisations as soon as you enrol, as some immunisations require a course of injections over several months. 

Refer to Victorian government health for the latest information about vaccination requirements for healthcare workers

2. Police check

A police check is an industry and University pre-placement requirement that must be issued within each calendar year. You must upload this to VU WIL/InPlace each year.

Enter the Fit2Work Police check site and use your Victoria University student email address to login or create an account if you're a new user.

Further assistance with Fit2work police check

Phone: 1300 525 525
Email: [email protected].

3. Working with children check

Apply for your free volunteer working with children check. Then upload a copy of your card to VU WIL/InPlace.


All students are required to attend placement wearing the prescribed uniform.

Purchase your uniform from VU's Uniform Portal.

Contact Clinical Placement Office

For placement related enquires please contact us.

Clinical Learning Office Reception is located in Building 4, Level 4, Room 4C402, St Albans Campus

Our reception hours are:

  • Monday, 11am - 3pm
  • Tuesday, 11am - 3pm
  • Wednesday, 11am - 3pm
  • Thursday, CLOSED
  • Friday, 11am - 3pm

You can also contact us via phone or email during normal office hours of 9am - 4.30pm.
Phone: +61 3 9919 2708
Email: [email protected]