Reintegration planning is an important component of Australia Awards. Scholars and alumni are required to complete modules in the Alumni Portal.

Importance of reintegration planning

Reintegration planning maximises the value of a student’s Australia Award and ensures that course selection and the acquisition of skills and knowledge while on award are in alignment with development impact and change upon returning home.
Through reintegration planning, a scholar develops into an ‘agent of change’.

  • Alumni who experience successful reintegration usually plan for this in advance and understand their value proposition in leading change and innovation along with promoting gender equity and social inclusion.
  • They invest in improving their individual characteristics (soft skills) such as developmental leadership, global citizenship, community values, open-mindedness, intercultural competence, adaptability to change and a commitment to advance sustainable development and promote public and economic diplomacy.
  • Making the most of all opportunities provided by the Australia Awards program, as well as your university (e.g. reintegration workshops, networking and extra-curricular activities offered by your university), will equip you with the skills and know-how to successfully reintegrate in your home country.

Reintegration Action Plan

Scholars are required to complete a Reintegration Action Plan (RAP) as part of the application and selection process. The RAP captures ideas and planning for development impact upon graduation, and outlines an aspect of change to implement upon returning home.
While on award, scholars will continue to reflect, review and modify their RAP, ensuring that they capture the necessary skills and knowledge required to successfully implement back home.

Through the Alumni Portal, scholars can build their RAP in the “My RAP e-portfolio”, while following six modules during and after their award. Scholars can discuss their RAP ideas and planning at the reintegration workshops offered during their studies. The second component of the RAP is Post-Award Reflection, which is to be completed 12 months after graduation.
The information from the RAP will also be used for program monitoring and evaluation purposes, so it is essential that scholars review their plan periodically on their return, record progress against objectives, identify successes and highlight any unanticipated challenges.

Reintegration and Stay Connected workshops

Through their entire study period, Masters students are periodically invited to attend one or more Stay Connected or Reintegration Workshops in a nearby capital city. These events consolidate thinking around the RAP and its implementation, develop their personal and soft skills, and provide opportunities to discuss ideas and learn from other scholars. Before attending any workshop, scholars will be requested to complete certain modules on the Alumni Portal and bring along a copy of their RAP portfolio for discussion.

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