Learn more about special consideration, including how to apply


You may apply for special consideration for a course or an assessment item if your performance has been seriously affected, or if you were seriously disadvantaged in attempting an assessment task. Assessment tasks may include an assignment, examination or other form of assessment that is included in a typical Course Profile.

My application status

You will be notified of the outcome of your request for special consideration by email. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’ online enquiry.

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Special consideration only applies under exceptional circumstances.

In most instances, you should be able to receive support in completing an assessment task through either a:

Check your personal circumstances are not addressed by one of these provisions, prior to applying for special consideration.

Applying for special consideration

If you are applying for special consideration for an assessment item, your application must be submitted through the online application no later than three working days after the assessment task was scheduled to take place, or was due.

Requests for special consideration in terms of performance across all assessment tasks in a course must be submitted online no later than three working days after the date of the final examination or assessment item.

Your application must also include appropriate documentation to support the grounds on which you are requesting special consideration. Grounds for special consideration, and associated supporting documentation, could include the following:

  • illness – medical certificate
  • accident – statutory declaration
  • temporary disability – medical certificate
  • bereavement – bereavement notice
  • sporting or cultural commitment at state, national or international representative level – letter from sporting body
  • other compassionate circumstances – statutory declaration.

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