The University is committed to providing the support and advice you need if you encounter academic or personal challenges in completing your studies.
Academic progression is the way we describe the progress you are making towards completing your degree requirements.
While it’s important you’re aware of your own learning and whether you are meeting course requirements, we monitor each student’s progression so that we can identify and support students who are at risk of not meeting requirements.
To assess your progression, we look at how well you are meeting the essential academic requirements laid out in the policy, the requirements of your award course, and the units of study you take as each semester passes. We also look at how well you are progressing in your studies in relation to the maximum allowable time limit you have for completing your course. These are outlined in Part 4 of the Coursework Rule (pdf, 484KB).
When monitoring your progression we may consider whether you have:
At the end of each teaching period, there are a range of indicators that help us to identify students who are potentially having difficulty with their studies and may need academic advice or other support for their learning. If you’re at risk of not meeting these indicators, you'll be advised by email that you are at risk of not meeting the academic requirements of your course.
We may identify you as at risk if:
If you’re not meeting the academic requirements of your course you will be identified as not meeting progression.
Generally, if it’s the first occasion you will receive an academic caution.
You’ll receive an academic caution if:
If you’re not meeting progression and you’ve previously received an academic caution, you may be asked to show cause. You may also be asked to show cause by your Associate Dean for course-specific reasons.
Showing cause means submitting a written submission to your faculty or school to demonstrate why you were unable to meet your progression requirements over time and show you have developed a plan for how you will improve your your academic progress. Find out more about the show cause process.
You may be required to show cause if you fail progression based on the following reasons.
If you are in a Commonwealth Supported Place or Australian full-fee place and are accessing a HELP loan, there are Government eligibility criteria that you must meet to maintain Commonwealth support.
From 1 January 2022, if you start a course or transfer into a new course, you must pass at least 50 per cent of the units you attempt (not including any units withdrawn before the census date). If you don’t meet this completion rate, the University is not permitted to allow you to enrol in further units of study in your current course under government financial assistance.
These completion rate requirements are additional to the academic progress requirements outlined above.
Find out more about the completion rate and how it affects you.