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Special consideration and arrangements

How to apply and next steps

You can apply for special consideration using our online application.

Submit your application within three working days of the assessment.

If a disability or your reason for making an application prevents you from applying online, please contact us for help.

There are serious penalties for providing false information, including exclusion from the University. Only submit information that is true, accurate and complete; and provided without the intent to mislead or gain advantage.

What you need to apply

Once you’ve started an application, you won’t be able to save it to complete at a later time, so make sure you have the following information ready before you begin.

  • Supporting documents – these will need to be uploaded as part of your application. If all the necessary supporting documents are not provided, your application cannot be approved. You can use one of the libraries or study spaces on campus to scan and upload documents.
  • Your documents need to be in English. To translate non-English language documents you will need to contact an accredited translation agency, such as NAATI.
  • The acceptable formats for your documents are pdf, tif, tiff, gif or png. Word file formats (doc and docx) are not accepted.
  • A short statement giving specific dates and describing the impact of the illness, injury, misadventure or special commitment on your ability to complete your studies.
  • Details of the assessment item(s) that you want to include in your application. You can find the details in your unit of study outline.

You can include more than one units of study/assessments for consideration on your application as long as they were affected by the same illness, injury or misadventure.

Deadline to submit an application

Applications need to be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines listed below.



Illness, injury or misadventure

By the third working day (11.59pm AEST) after the original assessment due date or sitting date of the exam.

If your application relates to attendance or missed placement days

By the third working day (11.59pm AEST) after the date of the missed classes or missed placement.

Special arrangement for an assessment or examination held during semester At the date of commencement of semester in the case of religious commitments that might have an impact on assessments or examinations. For other unavoidable commitments you must apply as soon as you become aware of the clash.

Special arrangement for an assessment or examination held in the formal University examination periods

14 days after publication of the examination timetable.

Note: if the commitment is not known at this time, by the third working day (11.59pm AEST) after the special commitment date is known.

Submitting a late application

Late applications will be considered only if a reasonable explanation for the delay is provided. You may be asked to provide evidence to support your lateness.

What happens next

You should receive a decision about your application to your University student email address within four working days.

If you're application is approved, we'll provide information on the consideration granted. If it is declined, you'll receive information about the reason and your options. 

If you're able to do so, you should continue to work on and submit your assessments or prepare to sit for your exams, after you've submitted your application. Not all applications are approved.

If you fail to attend a final exam or placement and your application is declined, the result is most likely a mark of zero for the assessment and, if the assessment is compulsory, an ‘Absent Fail’ grade for the unit of study.

Withdrawing an application

An application cannot be changed once submitted, but you can ask to withdraw one or more requests in your application. You can do this at any time before the release of results for that assessment or the delivery of a replacement assessment, whichever occurs first.

To withdraw an application:

  • Log in to the special consideration and special arrangements system
  • Select the application that contains the request(s) you'd like to withdraw
  • Select Withdraw. This does not withdraw the entire application. Instead it takes you to a screen where you can select the specific request(s) that you'd like to withdraw.
  • Select the assessment request that you'd like to withdraw, provide a reason and select submit.

If you submit your withdrawal before a consideration has been applied, the status for that unit of study will change to 'Withdrawn' and you will receive an email.

If you submit your withdrawal after a consideration has been applied, the status will change to 'In Progress' and you will receive an email once a decision on your withdrawal request has been made.

Appealing a decision

If you feel you have genuine grounds to contest a decision or the form of consideration granted, you may apply to have the decision reviewed. You will need to follow the University’s three-stage academic appeals process.

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Last updated: 15 November 2018

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