Regional Victoria to benefit from the Connect50 internship project

University and TAFE students with disability in four Victorian regional communities will benefit from an employment project funded by the Victorian Government.


  • Ballarat
  • Bendigo
  • Geelong
  • Latrobe Valley
A project delivered by Australian Network on Disability

Information for employers

Employers are currently navigating the challenges and opportunities posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we adjust and shift into this ‘new normal’ we need to ensure that people with disability are not left behind. Connect50 can support your organisation to connect with skilled and talented university and TAFE students with disability and to realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce.

To support as many regional employers as possible to access the Connect50 opportunity, the Victorian Government has extended Connect50 to mid-2021.

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Information for students

Gain vital work experience, grow self-confidence and enhance your pathway to employment through paid internships with local businesses.

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How it works

Engaging with Connect 50 is simple. We’ll find talented students with disability.

Connect50 is an internship scheme in regional Victoria that matches talented university and TAFE students with disability with paid roles in local businesses.

For students, it’s a chance to gain vital work experience during study. For employers, it’s a talent pipeline that helps cultivate an inclusive and diverse workplace culture.

Engaging with Connect50 is simple. We’ll find talented students with disability and assess their eligibility. We’ll manage student and workplace briefings, provide ongoing support during the placement and assist with the feedback process once the internships are complete.


Placements are for a minimum 152 hours, which can be worked as a four-week block or flexibly across a semester of study. The attendance format is negotiated between student and supervisor.


Internships can be hosted at an organisation’s head office or another location that gives students a chance to experience a range of tasks and project challenges, commensurate with their study and interests.


Each candidate’s eligibility for Connect50 is verified by AND. We’ll guide the host organisation on adjustments that will facilitate successful business outcomes.


The nature of a student’s disability will not be shared with the host organisation.