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Special consideration and arrangements

How to apply and deadlines

COVID-19 update: eligibility and supporting documents

As a result of COVID-19, there may be circumstances out of your control that impact on your ability to complete an assessment task. This may include self-isolation, travel bans, carer responsibilities, work commitments, attendance requirements or IT issues impacting online study. 

Check our Coronavirus advice page for information on applying for special consideration and documents required in these situations. Be aware as an an alternative to a medical certificate or other medical documents, you can submit a student declaration, with any available supporting evidence, that describes the misadventure, illness or injury that you suffered and for how long. 

If you have an exam scheduled between 10pm and 7am in the timezone you're living in, you may be eligible for a special arrangement

You can apply for special consideration online.

Submit your application within three working days of the assessment. You can include more than one unit of study/assessments for consideration on your application as long as they were affected by the same illness, injury or misadventure. The special consideration quick reference guide provides a step-by-step guide on how to apply.

If a disability or your reason for making an application prevents you from applying online, please contact us for help.

There are serious penalties for providing false information, including exclusion from the University. Only submit information that is true, accurate and complete; and provided without the intent to mislead or gain advantage.

How to apply

Once you’ve logged in to the special consideration portal, begin an application by selecting ‘New application’ in the ‘Active applications’ section.

You’re required to make a short statement giving specific dates and describing the impact of the illness, injury misadventure or special commitment on your studies.

You will need to upload supporting documents as part of your application. If all the necessary supporting documents are not provided, your application cannot be approved. You can use one of the libraries or study spaces on campus to scan and upload documents.

You will be able to select from a list of units you are currently, or were previously, enrolled in. You can then select the assessment item you want to include in your application. If the unit or assessment item is not available, you will be able to manually enter your assessment details.

You won’t be able to save your application once you start, so it’s important you have all the required supporting documents and information ready in advance.

Applications need to be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines listed below.

Deadline to submit an application



Illness, injury or misadventure

Within three working days after the original assessment due date or sitting date of the exam.

If your application relates to attendance or missed placement days

By the third working day (11.59pm AEST) after the date of the missed classes or missed placement.

Special arrangement for an assessment or examination held during semester At the date of commencement of semester in the case of religious commitments that might have an impact on assessments or examinations. For other unavoidable commitments you must apply as soon as you become aware of the clash.

Special arrangement for an assessment or examination held in the formal University examination periods

14 days after publication of the examination timetable.

Note: if the commitment is not known at this time, by the third working day (11.59pm AEST) after the special commitment date is known.

Submitting a late application

Late applications will be considered only if a reasonable explanation for the delay is provided. You may be asked to provide evidence to support your lateness.

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Last updated: 18 May 2020

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