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Deferred assessments

Applications for deferring Mid-semester Timed Assessments scheduled in Week 6-8, or Final Timed Assessments scheduled in Week 13-14, must be lodged with the Student Business Centre before the assessment starts or within two (2) working days following the day of the scheduled assessment

Refer to: Academic Regulations, Item 5/51.

A deferred assessment may only be granted where you can demonstrate either:

  • An inability to sit, complete the original assessment, or perform at the minimum level of your demonstrated abilities, for medical or compassionate reasons; or
  • Unexpected and exceptional circumstances beyond your control

The following reasons would normally be considered acceptable grounds for deferring an assessment:

  • Illness or medical reasons
  • Accident
  • Serious personal or emotional trauma (e.g. bereavement)
  • Events or sporting commitments at a state, national or international representative level
  • Religious commitments or obligations
  • Three scheduled assessments commencing within less than 24 consecutive hours

Please note: you will be deemed to have sat the assessment once an official assessment period has commenced including perusal time. A request for a deferred assessment will not be considered if you leave an assessment for any reason once the official assessment period, including perusal time, has commenced.

Approval will not be granted where it is reasonable to expect that the circumstances could have been avoided. The following reasons would be considered unacceptable grounds for deferring an assessment:

  • Travel or holiday arrangements
  • Misreading the assessment timetable
  • A desire to spread assessment tasks to yield improved performance
  • Events and sporting commitments that are not at a state, national or international representative level
  • Weddings or social functions 
  • Applications received after the prescribed deadline

You may seek advice from the Student Business Centre to ensure you are providing the appropriate information for your application.

Please note: For other interim assessments that are eligible to be deferred, you will be required to contact the relevant academic staff member from the Faculty to apply.

What happens when your application is received?

  • The Student Business Centre will assess your deferral application for a Mid-semester Timed Assessment.
  • You will be sent a confirmation email from the Student Business Centre advising you of the outcome.
  • Deferred Mid-semester Timed Assessments are conducted by the relevant academic staff member from the Faculty on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Week 9.
  • You will be notified by the relevant academic staff member from the Faculty regarding the deferred Mid-semester timed assessment arrangement.
  • It is your responsibility to contact the relevant academic staff member from the Faculty if you have not received your deferred mid-semester timed assessment arrangement.
  • The Student Business Centre will assess your deferral application for a Final Timed Assessment.
  • You will be sent a confirmation email from the Student Business Centre advising you of the outcome.
  • Deferred Final Timed Assessments are conducted by the relevant academic staff member from the Faculty during Bond Week of the semester immediately following the one in which you were scheduled to complete your assessment. You must be available to sit your deferred assessment on any day from Wednesday to Friday of Bond Week.
  • The Faculty will notify you of the deferred final timed assessment arrangement by 5 pm on the Monday of Bond Week.
  • It is your responsibility to contact the relevant academic staff member from the Faculty if you have not received your deferred final timed assessment arrangement.

Application forms and further information