Job-ready Graduates Package

The Australian Government's Job-ready Graduates Package introduced new funding regulations with additional eligibility conditions for students undertaking studies in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and accessing HELP assistance.

How does it affect you?

If you started a new program after 1 January 2022, and are enrolled in a CSP and/or have a HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or SA-HELP loan, the legislative changes will apply to you. There are conditions you must meet to maintain your eligibility for Commonwealth Assistance, including:

  • maintaining a Low Completion Rate of 50% or below
  • Student Learning Entitlement (SLE) of seven years
  • that you be a ‘genuine student’ engaged in your studies.

What is a Low Completion Rate and how is it calculated?

Your Low Completion Rate is your fail rate, which means the percentage of your attempted courses which you have failed. Your Low Completion Rate is calculated from the start of your program, but is only used to measure your eligibility after you have attempted the following:

  • 8 or more courses in a bachelor level or higher degree
  • 4 or more units in a higher education program lower than a bachelor degree (includes FAST enabling program, associate degree & undergraduate certificate).

Any course that you have not successfully completed will count towards your Low Completion Rate.

To help you monitor this requirement, a Low Completion Rate percentage will appear under the 'View my Grades' tile in myStudentCentre.

If your Low Completion Rate is more than 50%, and you have attempted the number courses outlined for your level of study above, your Commonwealth assistance will be withdrawn until the eligibility conditions are fulfilled (for example, your fail rate returns to 50% or below).

Find out more about the Low Completion Rate on the Department of Education website or the Government's Study Assist website.

GradeCountCompletion
HD, D, C, P, S or TCAttemptedSuccessfully completed
MF, F, XF, UN, W or LWAttemptedNot successfully completed
AD, TD or ZNNot attempted Neither (final grade pending)

View your official Low Completion Rate

Your Low Completion Rate appears under the 'View my Grades' tile in myStudentCentre. The Low Completion Rate in myStudentCentre is your official Low Completion Rate. It is updated daily and will be used prior to each census date to confirm your eligibility for Commonwealth Assistance.

Access your official Low Completion Rate on myStudentCentre

Plan using our unofficial calculator

We've created the Low Completion Rate calculator below to help you plan the number of courses you could enrol in for the coming semester and to see how the number attempted and the number not successfully completed would impact your Low Completion Rate.

Calculate Low Completion Rate

Fill in the fields below to calculate your low completion rate.

The Low Completion Rate % formula  is: Total number of not successfully completed courses*  ÷ Total number of attempted courses x 100

* Does not include any not successfully completed courses exempted due to approved special circumstances.

What do you need to do about your completion rate?

It’s important to monitor your completion rate throughout your program to ensure it doesn't become too low. We will also write to you if your academic results indicate that your academic progress is unsatisfactory with advice on what action you need to take.

We encourage you to seek additional advice from us if your Low Completion Rate has risen, or is at risk of rising, above 50%. We can help support and guide you through your options.

Percentage of not successfully completed courses

What this means and what you need to do next

Above 50%You will no longer receive government funding for your program. Please make an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can talk you through your options. Also read the information on this page.
50%You will continue receiving government funding at the moment. But please make an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can discuss strategies to help prevent your Low Completion Rate from rising above 50%. Also read the information on this page to improve your completion rate.
50-40%You will continue receiving government funding at the moment but your completion rate is close to the cut-off point. We encourage you to make an appointment with us as soon as possible so that we can discuss strategies to help prevent your low completion rate from rising above 50%. Also read the information on this page to improve your completion rate.
40 – 25%You will continue receiving government funding at the moment but please continue monitoring your completion rate, make your course selections carefully and read the suggestions on this page for improving your completion rate.
25% or belowKeep up the good work and continue monitoring your completion rate.

What are your options if your Low Completion Rate is above 50%?

If you have not successfully completed more than 50% of your attempted courses, you will lose your Commonwealth Assistance. Your options then are as follows:

  • Continuing your program in a Domestic Full Fee-Paying Place and paying the fees upfront yourself (no HELP loan available).
  • Transferring to a new program with Federation University. If you change to a different program, your previous completion rate will not carry over and you will be able to access Commonwealth assistance for your new program. When transferring to a new program, your application will be assessed on whether you are academically suited.
  • Apply for Low Completion Rate Review due to special circumstances. Special Circumstances must not make the full impact on you until on or after the census date of the unit. If successful, these courses would be excluded when calculating your Low Completion Rate and would not count as not successfully completed.

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