You can apply for special consideration if you experience circumstances which significantly affect your ability to meet your academic requirements. There are two types available, and it’s important to understand which is right for you.
Special consideration is an equity measure to ensure that the assessment of students takes into account circumstances that adversely impact a student’s ability to undertake, prepare for, and/or complete an assessment task.
Advice for students affected by COVID-19
If you are awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or have tested positive, you will be considered for special consideration on receipt of supporting documentation.
Receipt of supporting documentation will allow us to determine if your circumstances are eligible for Special Consideration and how this should be applied to your studies based on your circumstances and the impact and disruption experienced. Any outcome adjustment provided will take into consideration your personal circumstances and the learning outcomes of the subject. Options for supporting documentation have also been updated to provide more flexibility for students.
Students in Australia
- Confirmation of undertaking a test if you are waiting for the results of that test, with a medical certificate or a Health Professional Report form (PDF 223.0 KB) verifying the impacts this is having on your studies to date.
- Confirmation of test results, if positive, and a medical certificate or Health Professional Report form (PDF 223.0 KB) verifying the impacts this is having on your studies to date.
A Health Professional Report form (PDF 223.0 KB) is our preferred document for applications made on medical or psychological grounds. Please note that if you are in Australia, you should not submit the student declaration outlined below. You can obtain the above documentation either at the time of undertaking a COVID-19 test, or from your health professional, even if in digital format through a telehealth appointment. The student declaration is only for students outside Australia who are unable to obtain the above outlined documentation.
Students outside Australia
- Confirmation of undertaking a test if you are waiting for the results of that test and a special consideration student declaration (PDF 85.1 KB) setting out the impacts this is having on your studies.
- Confirmation of test results, if positive, and a special consideration student declaration (PDF 85.1 KB) verifying the impacts this is having on your studies to date.
We are aware that it may be difficult for students to procure documentation as each country may differ in the way this information is communicated. Given these circumstances, you must submit a special consideration student declaration (PDF 85.1 KB) with your application verifying your circumstances, the impact on your studies and provide a reason why testing documentation may not be available.
The University may reject the use of a student declaration where the circumstances in the student’s home country allow students to access medical services without personal risk.
On campus activities
Do not come to campus if you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result and self-isolating or have tested positive as you will be considered for Special Consideration on receipt of supporting documentation.
If you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not well enough to continue classes for a period, you will be considered for Special Consideration on receipt of supporting documentation.
Types of special consideration
In unexpected circumstances
You can apply for special consideration due to unexpected circumstances if the circumstances you are experiencing and the expected duration of impact on your studies will be less than six weeks.
Circumstances which may be eligible include sudden illness, bereavement, trauma or hardship.
When to apply
As early as possible. Timely applications must be submitted no more than four working days after your examination or assessment due date. Any applications lodged more than four working days after your examination or assessment due date will be considered late and will require an explanation for late submission of your application. Late applications will only be accepted where evidence demonstrates that submission of a timely application was not practicable and/or possible. This is in line with Section 4.133 & 4.134 of the Assessment and Results Policy.
Possible outcomes include an extension or resubmission of an assessment.
For ongoing support
You can register for ongoing support with Student Equity and Disability Support if your circumstances and their expected duration of impact on your studies will be six weeks or more.
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 during your studies however, we recommend registering when you enrol in your course in order to commence studies with academic adjustment plan in place.
Possible outcomes include a tailored academic adjustment plan (AAP) which may include assistance from an academic support worker, study adjustments, assistive technology, or flexible attendance requirements et al.
If you are applying for special consideration due to major technical disruptions or failures in an online exam, visit special consideration (technical) for information on supporting documentation and how to apply.