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Special consideration and arrangements

What happens next

While you wait for an outcome

If you can, continue to work on and submit your assessments or prepare to sit your exams. If you don't and your application is declined, the result is most likely a mark of zero for the assessment and, if the assessment is compulsory, an 'Absent Fail' grade for the unit of study.

In-progress applications

You can check the status of your application by logging in to special consideration and arrangements and going to 'My applications'.

If the status is 'in-progress' this means your application is with your school or faculty, which may take longer.

Receiving your outcome

We'll send your outcome to your University student email account. Most applications are processed within four working days, though it may take longer if we need to request information from your unit of study coordinator.

Approved applications

If your application is approved, your outcome email will explain the special consideration or special arrangements you've been granted. We may send you additional information about how your adjustment will work. Contact your unit of study coordinator if you need more information about your adjustment.


Replacement exams and assessments

If your application is approved and you are offered a replacement exam or assessment, it may take longer to receive your results. This could delay certain aspects of your course as you may not be able to re-enrol until you receive your results. 

Find out more about how replacement exams work and when they are scheduled to take place.

Declined applications

If your application is declined, your outcome email will explain why the decision was made and what your options are. If you didn't provide important information that could support your case, or you didn't list an affected assessment, you can apply again with more information.

Withdrawing an application

You can't change your application once submitted, but you can ask to withdraw one or more requests in your application. You can do this at any time before the release of results for that assessment or a replacement assessment, whichever occurs first.

To withdraw an application:

  • log in to special consideration and arrangements and go to 'My applications'
  • select 'Withdraw' for the applicable assessment. This does not withdraw the entire application. Instead it takes you to a screen where you need to enter the reason you are withdrawing your assessment.
  • say why you want to withdraw your application and select 'Withdraw'.

If you submit your withdrawal before you receive an outcome, the status for that unit of study will change to 'Withdrawn' and that section of your application won't be assessed any further.

If you submit your withdrawal after you receive an outcome, the status will change to ‘Withdrawal requested’. We'll email you once we've made a decision on your withdrawal request.

Applying again for ongoing circumstances

If you're granted a replacement exam, practical task, or assessment, but you can't complete this due to ongoing circumstances, you can apply a second time.

If you can’t complete the additional exam, practical task or assessment, you can apply a third time. In this case, your faculty or school may decide to grant you a late discontinuation under special circumstances and you will receive a DC for your assessment. Find out more about late discontinuation under special circumstances.

Appealing a decision

If you feel you have genuine grounds to contest an outcome, you may appeal. You'll need to follow the University’s three-stage academic appeals process

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Last updated: 22 September 2023

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