Special consideration, adjustments and extensions

Swinburne supports study success by allowing for reasonable adjustments to your assessments and exam arrangements if you meet eligibility requirements.

Special consideration is available sparingly and will only be offered where genuine need is proven (e.g. having a vacation scheduled is not grounds for special consideration).

If you think your mark is inaccurate, you can request a recheck.

The following table explains the types of adjustment available and under what circumstances you can apply.

If you have:Type of adjustment arrangement you can apply for:
A disability or long-term medical or mental health condition Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA) 
Primary carer responsibility for a family member with a disability or long-term medical or mental health condition Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA)
An unavoidable cultural or religious commitment that falls on the day of a scheduled exam Alternate assessment arrangement (AAA) 
National or specialist commitments such as elite national-level sports or the defence reserves Alternate assessment arrangement (AAA)
An illness or other unavoidable exceptional circumstance that affects your preparation for an in-semester assessment task Extension of time for submission of assessable work (for applications made in advance for an extension of up to 7 days)
Unexpected short-term physical or mental ill-health, such as:
  • sudden and serious illness (e.g. glandular fever, severe asthma or severe migraine)
  • broken dominant hand
  • mental illness, such as depression
  • Extension (for applications made in advance, for an extension of up to 7 days), or
  • Special consideration (for all other circumstances and types of assessment)
Other unexpected circumstances outside your control, such as:
  • a serious accident
  • hospital admission
  • unexpected carer responsibility for an immediate family member
  • death of a close family member
  • assault, family breakdown or being the victim of a crime
  • severe disruption of living arrangements
  • financial hardship, such as sudden loss of employment or income
  • Extension (for applications made in advance, for an extension of up to seven days), or
  • Special consideration (for all other circumstances and types of assessment)