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Applying for an Extension

How do I apply for an assignment extension?

If circumstances have affected your ability to complete an assessment task on time, you may be eligible for an assignment extension of up to ten working days.

Eligibility

Extensions are only available if:
  • Your application is submitted before the assignment due date, or date of the assessment.
  • You meet all requirements as listed in the policy outlining extensions.

How to apply

  1. First speak with your lecturer, tutor or subject coordinator to discuss:
    • Whether an extension is appropriate for your circumstances, and
    • Confirm which faculty or school owns the subject, as the process varies from faculty to faculty.
  2. Follow the appropriate process outlined in the table below. You can apply any time before the assignment due date or date of assessment.
 Subject owning Faculty/School  How to apply
Architecture, Building and Planning For extensions of up to 10 working days made before the due date of the assessment, students must apply online using the Faculty’s online application for extension. This includes students with an Academic Adjustment Plan (AAP). 
For extensions of more than 10 working days or requests made after the due date of the assessment, students are required to apply for special consideration.
Arts

End-of-Semester examinations
Apply for Special Consideration

All other assessments
Check for instructions on your LMS or apply directly to your subject coordinator

Business and Economics  Apply using this form for:

Extensions less than 10 days

or

Assessment less than or equal to 25%

 
Education

Apply directly to your subject coordinator

Engineering

Apply directly to your subject coordinator for:

Extensions less than 10 days

or

Assessment less than or equal to 25%

Law

Apply using this form for:

Extensions less than 10 days

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences See 'Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Students' below.
Science

Apply directly to your subject coordinator for:

Extensions less than 10 days

 or 

Assessment less than or equal to 25%

Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

 

For extensions less than 10 days, apply using the online form.
For extensions over 10 days, please apply for Special Consideration.
Fine Arts and Music

End-of-Semester examinations
Apply for Special Consideration

All other assessments
Submit an assignment extension application form (under the 'Assignment and Exam forms')

Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Students

Refer to the table below as a guide only. Please check your LMS for subject specific information on Special Consideration.
Graduate School/ Degree  Extensions up to 10 working days  Placements   Attendance Requirements
Psychology Complete the electronic Extension Request form from the main menu on the LMS subject site Apply for Special Consideration Attendance is a hurdle requirement for all subjects. Check subject entry in the Handbook.
Health Sciences Apply online Physiotherapy students applying for missed placements are required to submit a medical certificate to the subject coordinator to cover any short absences. NA
Biomedicine Contact your subject coordinator and check LMS for more information. Apply for Special Consideration  NA
Doctor Of Medicine (MD) Contact the subject coordinator (or clinical rotation coordinator) for in-term assessments and written assessment submissions. MD Students should refer to the MD specific policy, processes and forms for Leave of Absence. Attendance is a hurdle requirement across all years of the MD. Check the subject's assessment requirements in the  Handbook.
Melbourne Medical School Contact your subject coordinator Contact your subject coordinator Check the subject's assessment requirements in the Handbook.
Population Global Health Contact your subject coordinator Contact your subject coordinator Contact your subject coordinator
Melbourne Dental School Apply for Special Consideration Contact your subject coordinator NA

Project Extension form

You must also complete the Project Extension form for the following subjects:

  • PSYT90074 - Youth Mental Health Minor Thesis 1
  • PSYT90075 - Youth Mental Health Minor Thesis 2
  • PSYT90086 - Mental Health Science Research Project 1
  • PSYT90087 - Mental Health Science Research Project 2
  • PSYT90093 - Psychiatric Research Project
  • RADI90003 - Minor Thesis (Radiology)
  • PAED90023 - Research Dissertation: Minor Thesis
  • PAED90015 - Adolescent Health Minor Thesis
  • POPH90268 - Adolescent Health Minor Thesis

Outcome

The subject coordinator will notify you of the outcome of your application within three working days.

There are three possible outcomes:

  1. Granted: You will be notified within three working days of the receipt of your application about the new assignment due date or assessment date.
  2. Not granted: Your original assignment due date or assessment date will apply.
  3. Referred: You may be referred to submit an application for Special Consideration.

When should I apply for Special Consideration instead of an extension?

You are encouraged to apply for Special Consideration if:
  • The impact of your circumstances requires an extension of more than ten working days.
  • You are affected by a chronic, permanent or ongoing illness, disability or hardship.
  • You are an Elite Athlete, Elite Performer, Army Reservist or Emergency volunteer.

For Graduate Researchers - extending your candidature

If you are not able to submit your thesis by your expected thesis submission date, you may be eligible to extend your candidature up to the maximium course duration.
  • 4 years (8 years part time) for a PhD or doctoral degree
  • 2 years (4 years part time) for a masters by research degree
Find out more about extension of candidature, and see COVID-19: frequently asked questions from Graduate Researchers.