Special consideration

If you experience circumstances which significantly affect your ability to meet your academic requirements, you can apply for special consideration. There are two types available, and it’s important to understand which is right for you.

In unexpected circumstances

Length

You can apply for special consideration due to unexpected circumstances if the circumstances you're experiencing and their expected duration of impact on your studies will be less than six weeks.

Eligibility

Circumstances which may be eligible include sudden illness, bereavement, trauma or hardship.

When to apply

As early as possible, and no longer than four working days after your examination or assessment due date.

Outcomes

Possible outcomes include an extension or resubmission of an assessment.

More about unexpected circumstances 

For ongoing support

Length

You can register for ongoing support if your circumstances and their expected duration of impact on your studies will be six weeks or more.

Eligibility

Circumstances which may be eligible include an ongoing disability, mental health condition or commitment (such as being a carer).

When to register

You can register any time, but we recommend doing so when you enrol in your course.

Outcomes

Possible outcomes include assistance from an academic support worker, assistive technology, or flexible attendance requirements.

More about ongoing support