Progress reports

Annual Progress Reports

The Annual Progress Report (APR) is an important and formal tool for the University and its Faculties to monitor and evaluate each research candidate's progress. It is also an important mechanism for Research candidates to express their views on aspects of their own candidature and the progress of their research to date.

Who should complete the report?
Participation in the APR process and completion of the report is a mandatory requirement for all higher degree research (HDR) candidates.  It is a pre-requisite for re-enrolment each year and the renewal of stipend and fee-waiver scholarships (where applicable).

Candidates who have recently returned from leave from studies, or are about to return from leave, also need to complete this report.

Candidates who are currently in the examination process (have submitted their thesis) are not required to complete the Annual Progress Report.

How do candidates complete the report?
An email is sent to each candidate's student email address, with supporting information on the process and the due date for submission and a link to access the Annual Progress Report process as an on-line Lime-survey.

What happens if candidates do not complete the report?
Candidates who fail to submit their Annual Progress Report by the due date will receive a reminder email, via the student's university email address.
If the candidate fails to respond, Research Services will contact the relevant Faculty/School and recommend the candidate's progress be deemed 'Unsatisfactory' and an intervention strategy be put in place for the candidate. Candidates may be asked to 'Show Cause'.

What happens to the Annual Progress Report once submitted by the candidate?
All information (excluding the Confidential Report component) provided by the candidate will be collated and sent to the relevant supervision team and the Associate Dean (Research) to review and comment.

What happens to the confidential report component, if submitted by a candidate?
If a candidate has submitted a confidential report detailing concerns regarding their candidature, this document is kept private. It is administered by Research Services and provided to the Executive Dean of the Faculty.

If you have any queries about the Annual Progress Report, contact the Research by Higher Degrees Administration Team by email:

or Tel: +61 3 5327 9508