Nursing & midwifery placements

Professional placement is a highly valued and compulsory part of the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery/Nursing.


Engagement and completion of all professional practice units inclusive of 800 placement hours for Nursing and 1656 hours for the Dual Degree is essential to achieve the overall requirements of the course.

This is required as evidence for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to be eligible for graduate registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

There is a PEP Communication page set up for each course via VU Collaborate.

HBMA Professional Practice VU Collaborate
HBNB Professional Practice VU Collaborate

This will provide students with access to the following information:

  • Key dates and deadlines
  • 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).

Mandatory pre-placement requirements

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery/Nursing are required to complete the following mandatory pre-placement requirements each year by a specific due date before they will be permitted to commence clinical placement.

Mandatory documents are those documents that Victoria University is required to collect from each student to meet contractual, Occupational Health and Safety, and legal agreements with the DHHS and partnering health facilities, including:

  • mask fit testing
  • fit2work police check 
  • vaccination/immunisation requirements
  • working with children check


There are additional costs associated with clinical placement including, the purchase of a student clinical placement uniform, all mandatory pre-placement requirements (such as the annual police check) travel, accommodation, and meals while the student is attending placements. 


VU WIL (In Place Student Placement Portal) is the online portal for students to upload all pre-placement and mandatory document requirements. This can be accessed via MyVU Portal. Alternatively, login here:

Log in to InPlace

All mandatory documentation forms and supporting documents must be submitted in VU WIL (InPlace) by the due dates in order to be allocated placement.

All student placements will be allocated and viewed via VU WIL (InPlace).

Students will be required to accept the Terms and Conditions within VU WIL (InPlace).

Placement locations

It is an expectation that you undertake both metropolitan and rural PEP allocations.

You are enrolled in theory sequences that lead to PEP allocation over the duration of your course.

Travel within the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery/Nursing is an expectation.

Professional practice allocations are a compulsory requirement.

It is a requirement that you attend your allocated PEP regardless of geographic allocation.

Travel away from your place of residence to undertake shift work will be required for the duration of the course.

Placement fees

The cost of the placement is covered by your student fees for enrolment in the relevant PEP unit.

You will be charged a placement fee if you don't comply with minimum standards for external placements such as:

  • student and/or professional misconduct
  • failure to attend an allocated clinical placement
  • failure to meet mandatory documentation or other requirements
  • withdrawing from placement units outside of the cancellation notice period
  • failure to comply with University and/or Provider Policies and Procedures.

View placement fees for the relevant academic year.

Uniform requirements

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

Purchase your uniform from VU's Uniform Portal.

VU stories

Gaining momentum in midwifery
Bachelor of Midwifery / Bachelor of Nursing
"My placements allowed me to integrate my knowledge into my clinical practice and also consolidate my knowledge and skills. They also helped me build my independence and confidence and started to shape me as a midwife."
Emma's story