Special consideration

Special Consideration is for when something outside of your control impacts your ability to complete your assessment tasks (including placement). This needs to be based on one of the following grounds:

  • Medical reasons - includes hospitalisation, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression.
  • Compassionate grounds - includes death of significant other, significant relationship breakdown.
  • Hardship/trauma - includes victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruptions to domestic arrangements.
  • Other - includes service to emergency services such as Country Fire Authority, military or jury service. May also include adjustments required based on protected attributes, such as breastfeeding.

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There are 3 types of Special Consideration:

Discretionary Extensions

If you are seeking an extension of up to 5 University working days for one assessment, you can apply for a Discretionary Extension. Discretionary Extension forms need to be submitted no later than two working days before the assessment due date. Follow the submission instructions for TAFE or Higher Education students.

Special Consideration - General

If you need:

  • An extension longer than 5 working days
  • To request an extension after the discretionary extension due date has passed
  • Extensions for multiple courses
  • Consideration given to an attendance requirement or placement requirement

For Higher Education students:

  • Use the Higher Education Special Consideration - General form. You must apply a maximum of 3 working days after the assessment due date . If you are applying for Special Consideration for placement, you must apply as early as possible upon allocation of the placement, or as soon as you discover that you will be unable to complete it.

For TAFE students:

Special Consideration - Deferred examination

If you need to defer an end of semester online test or exam, use the Special Consideration-Deferred examination form (pdf, 549kb). Details of the deferred assessment period for the semester you are studying are published on the Important dates website.

Supporting documentation

You will need to provide evidence to support your application. The documentation that you provide  depends on your reasons for applying. When you submit your documentation make sure you keep a copy. Here are some common types of supporting documentation.

Statutory declarations: A 'Stat Dec' is a legal document by which a person can make a legally-binding statement - it is an offence to make false claims on a Stat Dec. It can be used as evidence for a Special Consideration application instead of/as well as other supporting documents. Please visit the Victorian state government website on statutory declarations to download the required form and for instructions on how to make a Statutory declaration. Your declaration will need to be witnessed by someone with an appropriate occupation or role (which are listed on the same webpage). Here is a list (pdf, 34kb) of FedUni staff who can witness this for you.

Healthcare professional certification: A Health Care Professional Certification (pdf, 656kb is a University form that you can use as supporting documentation if you are applying for Medical reasons. Health Care professionals including, but not limited to your GP, Psychologist or a University Counsellor can complete this form in support of your application. If you can’t see your healthcare provider in person, telehealth appointments may be available.

Medical certificates: If you are not able to submit a Health Care Professional Certification and you are using a medical certificate it MUST include a classification of the impact that your condition had on you. Details of the classifications can be found on the front of the Health Care Professional Certification form. They include, severe, moderate and minor.

How to appeal

Within ten working days of receiving your outcome, you may appeal in writing to the University Appeals Committee. You will need to complete the form, explain your case and submit all documentation.

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