Academic Progression

Academic Progression

Academic progression means maintaining a satisfactory level of academic achievement throughout your studies and completing your course.

The academic progress of all enrolled students will be monitored and you will be informed of your academic standing to assist you to achieve the requirements of your studies.

The University cares about your life here at Macquarie and provides services, both academic and pastoral, if you need to improve your academic progress.

Academic Standing

What does it mean for you?

Academic standing describes the status of your academic progress towards meeting the requirements for your program of study, as assigned, at the end of each study period.

You will be informed of your academic standing to assist you to achieve the requirements of your program of study.

How and when is academic standing determined?

Academic standing is determined on the basis of the credit load passed in the current study period, together with the academic standing at the end of the previous study period.

Academic standing is calculated automatically following ratification of results and you will be advised of your status in accordance with the agreed timetable. It is calculated at the end of each study period, and finalised by the census date of the following study period.

What do the levels of Academic Standing mean?

SatisfactoryPass 51% or more of your attempted load in a period.
Academic cautionYou have not passed 51% or more of your attempted load in a period and will be notified that you are 'at risk' of being on conditional enrolment next.
Conditional enrolmentYou have not passed 51% or more of your attempted load over two study periods and will be required to seek academic advice in order to continue with your enrolment.
SuspensionYou have not passed 51% or more of your attempted load over three study periods and will be suspended for two study periods.
ProbationYou will be required to seek academic advice and will be on probation for one study period when you return to study after suspension.
ExclusionYou have not passed 51% or more of your attempted load whilst on probation and will be excluded from the University for two years. In order to return to study you will be required to apply for re-admission.
What does ‘Pending’ mean?

You have at least one incomplete grade that may affect your Academic Standing. Once your grade/s have been finalised you will be notified if there has been a subsequent change in your Academic Standing. Seek assistance from your Faculty Student Service Centre for further information on your incomplete grade/s.

Academic Advice

Support with your academic standing

Academic Advice is determined by the Faculty (of your major or first degree of a double degree) and you will be advised how and where to seek support when you are contacted about your academic standing.

The method of Academic Advice may take various forms such as, attending a one-to-one session with a member of staff, an online learning module, improving study skills, attending a lecture, watching a presentation etc.

International Students 

Reducing your study load

According to the Australian Government, International Students must complete the course they are enrolled in within the duration specified in their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

If you decide to reduce your study load after seeking academic advice, your ability to complete your course within the specified duration of the CoE may be impacted.

You will need to be issued with a new CoE and take the necessary steps required to reflect this on your visa.

Visa implications

Your student visa is issued for the duration of your study program. If you reduce your study load and your duration of study changes, you may need to apply for a new student visa.

To apply for a new student visa refer to

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. 

As an international student on a student visa, you must:

  • comply with your student visa conditions
  • ensure you have and continue to maintain your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for as long as you stay in Australia on a student visa
  • tell your institution if you change your address or other contact details
  • meet the terms of your written agreement with your education institution
  • maintain satisfactory course progress and attendance.

Information about visa conditions for student visa holders is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website.


How to appeal your Suspension or Exclusion

Students who wish to appeal their 'Suspension' or 'Exclusion' may do so as per the Appeals Policy.

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