About this form

This form is for ACU students with special circumstances that impacted their ability to pass their unit/s on or after the census date of that study period.

All applications are assessed in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003.

What is the application timeframe?

Applications must be lodged within 12 months of the date you withdrew from the unit or from the end of the relevant study period (whichever occurs first).

If your application is outside of this timeframe, you must provide evidence as to why you were unable to apply within the timeframe.

What special circumstances does this form assess?

Special Circumstances Category: Examples of relevant authority required to provide evidence: What must be detailed:
e.g. where a person’s medical condition has changed to such an extent that they are unable to continue studying
Registered doctor
ACU Counsellor
  • The student’s circumstances;
  • and

  • When they occurred and when they made their full impact on the student;
  • and

  • How they made it impracticable for the student to complete the requirements of the unit
e.g. family death or illness, or carer responsibilities, so that it is unreasonable to expect a person to continue studies
Registered doctor
ACU Counsellor
e.g. where a person’s employment status or arrangements have changed so the person is unable to continue their studies, and this change is beyond the person’s control


The eligibility criteria as determined by the HESA are that:

  • Your circumstances were beyond your control
  • Your circumstances did not make their full impact until on or after the census date of the relevant semester
  • Your circumstances made it impracticable to complete the requirements of the unit/s

How to Apply

  • If you are considering submitting an RE form, you may wish to contact the Student Advocacy Service for information and advice
  • For medical, personal/family or employment related circumstances, a Professional Authority Statement OR equivalent evidence addressing the same criteria must be submitted
  • You must submit a separate online application for each study period if you are applying for an RE in multiple study periods
  • Ensure you have uploaded all your supporting documentation to your application

Things we may consider when assessing your application

  • If you have passed other units in the same study period, your application must detail how you were able to pass those units but not the units you are applying for re-credit and refund of fees
  • If your special circumstances are pre-existing or ongoing, your application must clearly demonstrate what actions were undertaken to manage your condition prior to the census date of that study period

Note: A Professional Authority Statement OR equivalent supporting documentation must be attached to this form submission.


Does your application demonstrate what is required?

Your application must sufficiently demonstrate all the below:

As you did not select yes to one or more of these statements, you are not eligible to submit an RE request for a re-credit and refund of fees.

Current students: If you believe there is a University error on your enrolment, please submit an Application for Right of Correction.

Alumni/Inactive students: If you believe there is a University error on your enrolment, please submit an Application for Right of Correction.

Student details

Please note that if you’re a current student, you must use your ACU student email.

Unit details

Provide details of the units for which you are requesting refund and re-credit:

You must attach a completed Professional Authority Statement OR equivalent evidence, addressing how your circumstances meet the special circumstances criteria prior to submitting this RE application.

You may also attach other relevant documentation that supports your application.

Informed Consent

Australian Catholic University is committed to ensuring the privacy of all information that it collects. Personal information supplied to the University will only be used in accordance with the University’s Statement on Privacy policy.

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