Applying for special consideration

In most cases you can apply for special consideration online.

Don't apply online if you're:

  • a higher degree by research student – you need to contact your supervisor
  • an RMIT English Worldwide student – contact Student Services on level 3 in Building 108
  • a student in the RMIT Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) programs VC2084 or C2085 – contact the School of Education.

To support an application based on medical or mental health grounds, we recommend that you include an impact assessment statement (PDF 41kb 1p) completed by your treating professional.

Changes to special consideration effective Term 1 / Semester 1 2019

  • If you become unwell during an examination and are unable to complete the assessment, you must report your illness to the exam supervisor and leave the venue. You may then apply for special consideration (with supporting medical documentation), seeking a further opportunity to sit the examination.
  • If you either complete the examination or leave the venue before completion and do not report your illness to the exam supervisor, you'll be ineligible to apply for special consideration to re-sit the examination.
  • Please note that if you are too sick to attend your examination, you may apply for special consideration (with supporting medical documentation) and you do not need to present at the examination venue to inform exam staff.
  • Deferred exams: If you seek special consideration for the same examination for a third time, where eligibility has been established, the granted special consideration outcome will be restricted to ‘Late Course Withdrawal Without Academic Penalty’ only. No fourth opportunity to complete the examination will be provided.  If you do not establish eligibility for Late Course Without Academic Penalty, your application will be denied.

Before you apply - important information

Before you apply, check whether special consideration is the right type of assessment adjustment for you.

If you're applying on behalf of a student who is incapacitated or you're experiencing ongoing difficulties applying online, please email

Special consideration is made available by the University on the understanding that students will use it sparingly and only in cases of proven genuine need.

Falsifying documents is considered fraud and treated very seriously.  If you are proven to have falsified supporting documents for ANY REASON you are likely to have your course results converted to fail results or have other penalties applied. As a student, you must be aware of your obligations and responsibilities under the RMIT Student Conduct Policy.

Frequently asked questions


You can enquire about your special consideration application or provide additional documents by emailing

Please quote your application number when emailing your query.