Alternate assessment arrangements (AAA)

Alternate assessment arrangements (AAA) are adjustments or alterations to the standard conditions or format of an assessment task. AAAs can be sought for any formal assessment task or exam described in the unit of study outline.

AAAs may be provided if:

  • an assessment item has been lost, stolen or damaged
  • national or specialist commitments (e.g. military service, elite sports competition) affect your ability to undertake or complete assessment
  • you have a scheduled exam falling on a specific day when you have a cultural or religious commitment; you may be granted a modified exam timetable, subject to provision of evidence demonstrating that you are not permitted to attend the campus or exam centre.

Alternate assessment arrangements do not represent a reduction in the academic standard being assessed. You must still meet all requirements of the course and unit. 

Support for elite athletes

As a proud member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University network, we are here to support your study while you excel as an athlete.

Not everyone with sporting commitments is an 'elite ethlete', however. We can support your study if you are recognised as an 'elite athlete' by one of the following institutions:

  • The Australian Institute of Sport
  • State Institutes or Academies of Sport
  • AFL Players’ Association
  • Australian Cricketers’ Association
  • Rugby Union Players’ Association
  • Rugby League Professionals’ Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers’ Association
  • National senior squad members from ACE supported sports.

We can help with the following:

  • enrolment needs and tailoring your academic load around training
  • negotiating deadlines around your sporting related travel
  • sitting external exams on the road
  • study over Summer or Winter Term
  • access to distance education study materials
  • cross-institutional study options with an interstate university, where we recognise the credits achieved.

If you are representing your country at the Olympics, we’ll make sure you can have a leave of absence.

For more information visit the Australian Sports Commission website.

Support for Defence Reserves

Students who are members of the Defence Reserves (within the meaning of the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act 2001) who have service commitments during exams may be able to access alternate assessment arrangements. 

How to apply

Contact, at least four weeks before the first assessment task covered by your application.

Applications must include supporting documentation from a relevant official (e.g. police, lecturer, government body, sporting body, doctor) confirming your exceptional circumstances, official reporting of the lost, stolen or damaged item, or your national or specialist commitment.

For cultural or religious commitments falling on the day of a scheduled exam or assessment task, documentation must include evidence you are not permitted to attend the campus or exam.


Possible outcomes of AAA applications are:

  • extension to due date, or
  • alternative examination date, or
  • permission to re-submit.

You’ll find out if you’ve been granted AAAs via your Swinburne student email account.

Check your Swinburne email regularly or redirect it to an email you check frequently. You’ll need to respond promptly to requests for action or information supporting your application.

You can contact with any questions about your application.