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Special consideration and arrangements

When and how to apply

Deadlines for applying

Special consideration applications need to be submitted online, no more than three working days after the date of the examination or the assessment due date.

When you need to apply for a special arrangement depends on your circumstances, refer to the table below for more information. Late applications will be considered only if a reasonable explanation for the delay is provided in your application.



Special consideration: illness, injury or misadventure

No longer than three working days after (by 11.59pm Sydney local time on the third day)
  • the original assessment due date
  • the sitting date of the exam
  • the date of the missed class or missed placement

Special arrangement: for an assessment or examination held during semester

If you are aware of your essential commitment at the start of the semester, you need to apply at the start of semester.

For other unavoidable commitments you need to apply as soon as you became aware of the clash.

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

No longer than 14 days after publication of the examination timetable. If you’re not aware of the commitment at this time, you will need to apply for a special arrangement within three working days (11.59pm Sydney local time) after the special commitment date is known.

How to apply

You will need to apply online through the Special considerations portal.

Make sure you have all your information and relevant supporting documents ready in advance. The application process should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. You are also able to save the progress of your application and return at a later time to complete it.

If a disability prevents you from applying online and you are registered with Inclusion and Disability Services, you should contact your Disability Support Officer. If your reason for making an application prevents you from applying online, you should make an online enquiry or call the Student Centre.


If the unit or assessment item is not available or has incorrect assessment details, you will need to contact your unit of study coordinator to have this amended on the online unit of study outline by your faculty or school.

In your application, you will need to:

  • make a short statement giving specific dates and describing the impact of the illness, injury misadventure or special commitment on your studies
  • 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
  • select the impacted units of study you are currently, or were previously, enrolled in. You can then select the assessment item you want to include in your application. You can request special consideration for more than one unit of study or assessment if they were affected by the same illness, injury or misadventure.

Providing false information

If you provide false information in your application, there are serious penalties including exclusion from the University. Only submit information that is true, accurate and complete; and provided without the intent to mislead or gain advantage.

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Last updated: 18 April 2023

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