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.
Advice for students impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Semester 2
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 as appropriate to your circumstances and studies based on 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. Find out more.
- Confirmation of undertaking test if you are awaiting results and/or student declaration if this information is not supplied upon test completion in addition to a student declaration verifying the impacts this is having on your studies to date.
- Confirmation of test results, if positive, and a student declaration 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 we strongly encourage students to submit a student declaration with their application verifying their circumstances, the impact on their studies and to provide a reason why testing documentation may not be available.
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.
In unexpected circumstances
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.
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 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, but we recommend doing so when you enrol in your course.
Possible outcomes include assistance from an academic support worker, assistive technology, or flexible attendance requirements.
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.