Academic progress reviews

To keep track of your performance, Swinburne conducts academic progress reviews of your results twice a year. These reviews let us know if you need any help with your studies.

Updates on your progress reviews will be sent to your student email address. Make sure you check your Swinburne email regularly or redirect it to your personal email.

If you’re performing well

Congratulations! Keep up the good work. You won't receive an email about your academic progress review.

If you’re not performing well

If we see that you’re struggling with your studies, we’ll send an email to notify you that you’re at risk. We’ll let you know what this means and what you need to do next.

If your progress hasn’t improved at the end of the next review period then either:

  • We will send you an email with the conditions you need to meet to continue your course. We’ll also let you know about support services we think may help.
  • We will send you an email to notify you that you must show cause to explain why you should not be excluded from your course.

If you’re asked to 'show cause', you may be required to attend a progress review meeting.

Additional academic progress requirements

If you are studying one of the following courses or have a merit-based scholarship, there are special requirements you need to meet in addition to the standard academic progress rules.

Courses with special requirements

If you are studying one of these courses, check the information under ‘Academic progress – special requirements’ on the relevant page:

Progress review periods

We conduct progress reviews at different times of the year depending on what type of student you are.

Higher education and Open Universities Australia

Progress Review Period 1 includes:

  • Summer Term
  • Semester 1
  • NICA Semester 1
  • Term 1
  • Term 2
  • Study Period 4 (previous year)
  • Study Period 1.

Progress Review Period 2 includes:

  • Winter Term
  • Semester 2
  • NICA Semester 2
  • Term 3
  • Term 4
  • Study Period 2
  • Study Period 3.

Vocational education (VE)

Progress Review Period 1 includes all units with results due between 1 January and 30 June.

Progress Review Period 2 includes all units with results due between 1 July and 31 December.

Foundation Year and UniLink

Progress Review Period 1 held at the end of January 2016 includes Teaching Period 3 (previous year).

Progress Review Period 2 held at the end of May 2016 includes Teaching Period 1.

Progress Review Period 3 held at the end of September 2016 includes Teaching Period 2.

Swinburne Online (SOL)

Progress Review Period 1 includes all units completed in Study Period 1.

Progress Review Period 2 includes all units completed in Study Period 2.

Progress Review Period 3 includes all units completed in Study Period 3.

ELICOS programs

Progress Review for ELICOS students takes place at the end of each five week teaching block.

If you fail an ELICOS unit for the first time then you will be considered At Risk. If you fail the unit for a second time then you will be asked to Show Cause.

Reviews and appeals

If you’re dissatisfied with a decision made by Swinburne regarding your academic progress review, you can lodge a complaint or apply for a review

Academic progress policies

Swinburne's academic review process is covered by the following policy and regulatory documents:

If you’re an international vocational education (VE) student, we follow the regulator-approved policy. This policy is detailed in the following document.