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What is Sonia?

Sonia is an online placement application used to capture students’ placement information.

All schools with placements are required to enter placement information into Sonia.

New Features

To keep up-to-date with the latest features or developments in Sonia, all placement staff are encouraged to subscribe to the Sonia newsletter located in the footer area of the Sonia homepage:

  • Staff can customise terminology and business rules to suit their unique requirements
    • Student checks/prerequisites
    • Major/Minor study areas
    • Incompatible sites
  • Placement options range from automated allocation through to student-driven
  • Connection to your student enrolment system and other university infrastructure
  • Bulk emailing/SMS with mail merge
  • Electronic forms easily designed and sent to contacts
  • Custom fields can be added throughout Sonia
  • Sites can be shared across all schools
  • Interviews can be setup between sites, students, supervisors, etc.
  • Unlimited attachment of documents and notes
  • Student timesheets and activity logging
  • Easy to use wizards to reduce data input
  • Online registration of potential new placement providers
  • Student nomination of new sites
  • Supervisor roster for planning and allocating supervisor staff to placements
  • Ad Hoc reports and exports give you flexible access to the data you need
  • Over 100 reports available
  • Mentor payments with configurable calculation methods
  • Social networking built in – send your alerts to students via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Placement history is retained indefinitely

Access Sonia

ECU placement staff and associated internal staff will need to download and install:

  1. Sonia client
  2. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 on their desktop.

You will need to contact your School Senior Placement Support Officer to request a login account. Alternatively you may email with details of the Sonia discipline you require access to.

Once your Sonia account is granted you will be able to login using your existing Staff Portal credentials.

Please note the Sonia client will require an MS Windows operating system.

Two client install options available for Sonia:

Test Environment: Populated with fictional students and is a safe environment to practice and trial features.

Production Environment: Live to ECU students in a placement program.

Please note Sonia 2018, Q4 requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 which is available in the Software Centre (you would most likely currently be on a prior version so will need to update). This framework is also compatible with the current version of Sonia, so please download this from the Software Centre. 

  1. To download go to the windows start menu and type software.  The ‘Software Centre’ should appear in the menu.
  2. Open the Software Centre and in the search bar at the top right search for framework
  3. Double click on ‘Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2’ (purple icon) to begin install.
  4. Note once installed you will need to restart your computer before using Sonia QA.

Students and external staff (placement supervisors, field educators) do not require the client software to access SONIA.

Access is available from the ECU Student Portal or ECU Staff Portal under Other Logins, from the link titled Sonia Online.  Alternatively, Sonia Online can be accessed from the following Web address:

To access Sonia Online:

  1. Select your school listed on the Sonia Online page
  2. At the top of the Sonia login page, select your designated role
  3. Click on ‘University Sign in’.  This will display the ECU Web Portal Login
  4. Enter your ECU Username and Password.

Students and supervisors can track their placements and notification on their mobile devices vie the free Sonia mobile app, available for Android and iOS devices.


Two training options are available for Sonia:

Planet software are happy to provide unlimited online training via videoconference. To schedule a time for training at your desk email

School-focused group training is delivered via videoconference in a training room by Planet Software, the developers of Sonia.

You can nominate for a group session specific to your School needs from the ECU  Staff Development calendar

School group based training is delivered by Planet Software, the developers of Sonia, and presented in a training room via videoconference.

Alternatively, contact eLearning Training directly to arrange sessions. Please note that group training is limited to 8 staff in one session.

Support Resources

Planet software provides access to a range of support videos and guides.  To gain access to the support page, first email Planet Software at to request a login account.

Login to the support resource page at:


Business Support can assist with technical problems for Sonia:

Telephone: (08) 6304 3914


Planet Software can assist with queries and general advice for set up and maintenance of Sonia:

Sonia Support
Telephone: (61 8) 8443 6499


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