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Staying on Track

If you occasionally fail an assessment or unit of study, this generally won’t cause problems for your academic progression. However, if it becomes a pattern, you may be at risk of exclusion. Our Staying on Track program identifies if you’re at risk and helps you regain control of your studies.


If you’re not meeting the academic progression requirements for your course, you will be placed on the academic progression register and we highly recommended you attend a Staying on Track session to help with your progression. This can be triggered by 'red flags' such as failing a unit of study twice or if you’re not on track to complete your degree within the allowed timeframe.

Your faculty will notify you if you’re placed on the academic progression register and record it on your Progression Profile. If you think you’ve been placed on the register by mistake, contact your faculty.

If you’re on a student visa, contact the University’s international compliance officers for advice about how this will affect your visa.


The progression register involves three stages. If you’re enrolled in an award course of two years or less, you will skip from Stage 1 to Stage 3 without completing Stage 2.

Stages 1 and 2 are designed to identify any problems that are impacting on your studies and work out strategies to deal with these issues. In these stages you will go to an information session, complete self-help surveys, talk with an academic adviser and seek help from University services.

If you move on to Stage 3, you will need to ‘show good cause’ why you should be allowed to re-enrol in your award course.

The show cause process isn’t a substitute for special consideration or special arrangements. If you think you’re eligible for special consideration, make sure you apply before you have been placed on Stage 3.

Find out more about academic progression and show cause in the Coursework Policy 2014.


If you’re on the academic progression register and meet your academic progression requirements for two semesters in a row, you’ll be taken off the register.

If you don’t meet the requirements after being taken off the register, you’ll be placed back on Stage 1.

Enrolment options

If during semester you don’t think you’ll meet the academic progression requirements, you can consider:

If you’re an international student, withdrawing from a unit of study may not be an option because of visa requirements.

Last updated: 03 October 2017

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