Deferred assessments

In particular circumstances, you may not be able to sit your exams. You could be eligible to apply for a deferred assessment.

Applying for deferred assessment

You can apply for deferred assessment if you show you are unable to complete an exam or a piece of work due in the last teaching week or later due to illness or extenuating circumstances.

Deferred assessment can be granted for a maximum of 40 University business days after the end of the relevant teaching period.

Your application should be submitted no later than three University business days after the assessment was due. Applications are not accepted before Week 13 of semester unless it is based on extenuating circumstances that will not change.

How to apply

  1. Download an application form, or collect one from the Student Centre, or the Mandurah campus Administration Office.


  2. Complete the form and attach your supporting documentation:
    • for medical or psychological grounds, supporting documentation should be from your regular health care professional – the medical certificate must cover the days of your exams
    • for exceptional personal circumstances, your supporting documentation should independently confirm the circumstances for your application.
  3. Submit the completed application no later than three University business days after the assessment was due:
    • by fax to +61 8 9360 7571
    • by email to deferred@murdoch.edu.au
    • to your unit coordinator when applying to defer your supplementary exam.

The outcome of your application will be emailed to you. Incomplete forms or application with no supporting documents will not be processed.

When your application will be approved

Your application will be approved if your reasons and supporting documentation meet the requirements as assessed by the Exams Office.

If you are applying to defer an assignment, project or similar assessment the unit coordinator can require you to complete a different assignment to the original.

You will receive an approval email which will include details of the deferral and an interim unit grade of Q will be shown in your results. You must be available throughout all exam periods (including supplementary and deferred) to attend your exams at the required time, date and location.

When your application will be denied

Your application will be denied:

  • for illness or other extenuating circumstances not continuing beyond the late withdrawal date. In such circumstances you may be eligible for retrospective withdrawal
  • if you have sat the exam or submitted the assessment work
  • if you did not sit an exam because you misread the timetable, forgot or slept in
  • for work commitments, unless it can be shown the employer has refused you leave
  • if you are going on holidays during the assessment period.

The email will explain why the application has been denied and how you can appeal the decision.

Applying for an extension

Where your illness or extenuating circumstances are ongoing, a second period of deferral may be approved for a maximum of 40 University business days. No further period of deferral is possible.

Supporting documents must state your illness or extenuating circumstance is ongoing from the grounds of the original application. You are encouraged to submit supporting documents from the same source as the original supporting documents.