Unsatisfactory academic progress


If you commenced your course mid-year, you will have your academic performance reviewed after completing the first two (2) semesters of study within your course - this will occur after the semester one release of results. If you fail 50% or more of your enrolled units over the first two semesters of study, your academic performance will be deemed to be unsatisfactory and you will be required to attend a face-to-face Academic Support meeting with a nominated staff member of the Faculty.

The Academic Support meeting will:

  • help you identify difficulties that are affecting your academic progress, whether these are academic or other difficulties
  • inform you of support services that are available or where you can turn for further advice
  • refer you on to a specific service or person for further support or advice

If you are required to attend an Academic Support meeting, the Faculty will record the date of the meeting and whether you attended the meeting and this will be made available to the Faculty Academic Progress Committee at the end of the year.

End of year

Students whose academic progress is considered unsatisfactory will be liable for exclusion from the Faculty. Unsatisfactory academic progression in a course is defined as:

  • passing less than 50% of the units for which they have been enrolled in the previous 12 months (December to November, summer semester and semesters 1 & 2)
  • failing the same compulsory unit twice
  • failure in a professional placement
  • failing to meet the conditions imposed by the dean or by an Academic Progress Committee
  • failing to satisfactorily complete the National Literacy and Numeracy tests by December 31 in the first year of enrolment or after attempting 48 credit points of study, whichever is the later  
  • being unable to complete a professional placement where the usual placement providers will not accept the student
  • being enrolled for at least two thirds of the course duration and having satisfactorily completed 50% or less of the course.

Students whose progress is considered unsatisfactory will be sent a Notice of Referral and Hearing letter after the semester two release of results and will be given the opportunity to show cause in writing and/or to attend an interview with the Academic Progress Committee (APC) as to why they should not be excluded.

The student's written case for continuation in the course is assessed by the Faculty's Academic Progress Committee and, on the grounds of the evidence provided, may be invited to present at an interview, in person or by telephone conference, with the Academic Progress Committee. After consideration by the Academic Progress Committee, the student will either be permitted to continue their studies (with or without conditions) or be excluded from their course for a period of 12 months. Students who fail to show cause as to why they should not be excluded either in writing by the given date and/or at a requested interview with the Academic Progress Committee will automatically be excluded.