Special consideration

Special consideration can only be applied to domestic undergraduate applications.

Special circumstances are defined as beyond a person’s control, and such that they have a direct bearing on the student’s educational performance. ‘Beyond a person’s control’ is defined in the following way: ‘circumstances are beyond a person’s control if a situation occurs that a reasonable person would consider is not due to the person’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the person is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.’ Pre-existing conditions are not ruled out, but it is suggested that consideration be given to whether that condition changed in a way to affect the performance of the student in a way that might otherwise not have been expected.

Applicants with no tertiary study must apply through the Educational Access Scheme administered by Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Applicants who submit an Application for Special Consideration instead of the Educational Access Scheme will not be considered.

If you are applying for consideration on the basis of tertiary study alone (ignore Year 12 results) you must have completed at least one year of full time study.

All applications must include supporting documents that substantiate your claims. They must also offer evidence of your capacity to succeed. Examples of supporting documents are:

  • Doctors certificates to support lengthy health issues likely to affect study.
  • Letters from doctors outlining how a condition affected study.
  • Letters from teachers outlining issues experienced at school or study.
  • Letters from employers outlining ongoing responsibility or reliable service.

You may also submit personal references, examples of work or selections of relevant readings undertaken.

Your entrance rank must be over the minimum entry requirements of the University for Special Consideration to be successful. The minimum ATAR or equivalent rank is 70 or 75 depending on the undergraduate program.

Applications are assessed through the Admissions Office. Applications are assessed on the merit of the information provided including supporting documentation. Applications without supporting documentation will not be successful. The recommendation of the Admissions Office will be forwarded to the relevant College Student Administration Office for review by the Delegated Authority. The Admissions Office will issue the formal outcome of your application for Special Consideration.

The recommendation of the Admissions Office will be one of five outcomes based on the guidelines below:

Determination Used in cases where
1. Admit to the award The rank of the qualification to be considered meets the entry requirements of the program
2. Admit to another award The rank of the qualification to be considered meets the entry requirements of the alternative award.
3. Admit with recommendations The rank of the qualification to be considered falls within 5 points of the entry requirements. Recommendations may include:
  • a scheduled appointment for academic advice at enrolment and/or;
  • an appointment after a set period to discuss progress and identify any potential issues
4. Admit to another award with recommendations The rank of the qualification to be considered falls within 5 points of the entry requirements of the alternative program. Recommendations may include:
  • a scheduled appointment for academic advice at enrolment and/or;
  • an appointment after a set period to discuss progress and identify any potential issues
    5. Do not admit Where the rank of the qualification to be considered falls below 5 points of the program; or
    Where the rank of the qualification to be considered falls below the minimum requirements of the University.

    How to apply for special consideration for domestic undergraduate applicants

    1. Apply for admission through UAC and select your preferences.
    2. Complete the application for special consideration including your UAC ID.
    3. Write your statement to support your application. Your statement must outline the reasons for your poor performance in your study, what has now changed and why you now have the capacity to succeed at tertiary study.
    4. Submit your application for special consideration, statement and supporting documents to the Admissions Office at the address on the form.

    Applications and supporting documents are confidential.

    Contact

    Please contact Admissions if you have questions about entry requirements or your qualifications.

    Updated:  10 July 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications