Appeal to Student Appeals Committee

*Please note that as of 1 October 2022 a new (Students) Regulation came into place which changed processes and timelines for appealing to the Appeals Committee. This page has been updated to reflect the latest regulations.

If you have had a previous appeal dismissed or another adverse decision made against you (for example, an unsuccessful Special Consideration application or Credit transfer application) you may be able to appeal to the Student Appeals Committee. According to the Regulation, this is really called "an application for a review of a decision", but "Appeal" works just as well.

You need to submit your appeal within 30 days of the decision you're appealing against (the date on the letter/email you received).

Step 1:  Make sure the decision you're appealing against is appealable!

This should be explained in the outcome letter you received. Not sure? Please send the letter to us and we can advise the appropriate appeal channel.

Step 2: Identify your grounds

Your appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds:

  1. that there was relevant evidence which—
    (i) was not taken into account by the decision-maker; and
    (ii) was not known by the applicant before the decision and could not reasonably have been known;
  2. that the decision was manifestly wrong;
  3. that a procedural irregularity occurred which may have affected the decision;
  4. that the penalty imposed was manifestly excessive;
  5. that there was a deemed refusal

Some of these terms are not easily understandable, so we have developed a guide to them.

Step 3: Start working on your appeal

You can use our appeal letter template to help you structure your appeal. You should write about how your situation meets the grounds you've chosen, and refer to any evidence you're attaching. You'll also need to provide evidence of each point you make, if possible - this could include emails, medical certificates, screenshots etc.

Step 4: Make an appointment with Student Advocacy

Of course, you can do this at any point in the process, but we'd love to review a draft appeal and give you feedback before you submit it if you'd find that useful.

Step 5: Submit your appeal

Download the Appeal Form available on the University Appeals Committee page. If you need more room to explain the grounds for your appeal you can write in in a Word document and write “please see attached letter” on the Appeal Form.

Your appeal needs to include

  • Completed appeal form
  • Statement explaining the grounds for your appeal (on the form or using the statement letter template)
  • Copies of evidence supporting your appeal
  • Copy of the university decision you are appealing against, e.g. an outcome letter issued by your Institute

After you submit your appeal

After you submit your appeal the Appeals Committee will write to you to acknowledge that they have received your appeal and provide you with your appeal number. Generally you won't need to do anything further, and the Committee will get back in touch with you when they have an update to provide.
Please carefully read any communication from the University Appeals Committee in case your action is required to ensure your appeal can be progressed.

Further information and resources

Federation University Australia (Students) Regulation 2022

Student Appeal Procedure

Appeals to the University Appeals Committee Procedure - please note this currently contradicts the Regulation (which is the point of truth on this), but does include useful information about the process after you've submitted the appeal.