Academic advising can help you understand and address key factors that influence your academic progress and success. Early intervention can enhance your performance and prevent the serious consequences of continued poor performance. Academic advising can cover a broad range of topics, so it is important to understand where to seek relevant support.

If you have a question about areas such as:

  • Enrolment
  • Program specialist advice
  • Program Structure (including Work Integrated Learning)
  • Majors/Minors
  • Degree Progression
  • Enrolment Blocks
  • Maximum Time to Complete
  • Maximum Repeat Fails
  • Appeals
  • Factors Influencing Your Academic Performance
  • Special Consideration and/or Fee Remission
  • If you're onshore and have a visa expiring in the next six months, please contact the Nucleus Student Hub.

    Please note a Student Support Advisor can also help with wellbeing support, visa-related questions, accommodation, reduced study load, program leave and academic success.

  • Most students expect honours and postgraduate studies to differ from their undergraduate studies. However, it can be tricky to articulate what these differences are and to what degree these studies are different. Unclear expectations can result in poor academic performance and a less than ideal start to your studies. In some cases, this may be further complicated if you're studying away from home for the first time or studying remotely. 

    While we recommend discussing specific course and program expectations with your convenors, an academic advisor can help you clarify relevant support, policies and procedures to meet those expectations. For example, postgraduate academic skills resources and links may be useful in your program. If you're beginning with an end in mind, career services may offer trainings, workshops and other resources that can help you develop relevant skills throughout your academic program. 

    Mentoring programs may also help you feel welcome and provide guidance with any issues that affect your transition. More links are available on our website but your academic advisor can help you navigate these to ensure you're using these resources at the appropriate time/s in your degree.

  • If you've received a warning letter regarding the maximum time to complete your degree, you must meet with your academic advisor to discuss factor/s affecting timely graduation. An academic advisor can help address foreseeable issues and assist with an academic progression plan that maps out your remaining requirements.

    • If you've received a maximum time to complete warning, you must sign off on an academic progression plan with recommended action to avoid program termination 

    • If you've been warned that you exceeded the maximum time to complete your degree and do not meet with an academic advisor within the following term, you're likely to be terminated from your studies.

  • If you've attempted the same course twice or three times, you'll receive a maximum repeat fails warning letter that advises you to meet with an academic advisor. Your academic advisor will help you reflect on course-specific difficulties, regardless of any other factor/s that may have affected their ability to pass the course on multiple occasions.

    • You must sign off on an academic progression plan with recommended action. This plan is intended to help you address any difficulties you may anticipate in attempting the course again.
    • Enrolment consent will be required for students who have successfully appealed termination due to maximum repeat fails.
  • We recommend clicking the links below for more information, awareness and help with your studies. Your academic advisor can discuss how each service, policy and/or procedure is relevant to your circumstances and what to expect. This can reduce the amount of time you spend trying to find which support is right for you. 

    Sample programs  
    for general enrolment guidance on how you should structure your degree

    Peer support and mentoring 
    to connect with your peers based on community groups and/or faculty groups

    Learning & Career Hub  
    for academic skill support

    for help with second year Education placement requirements 

    Student support and success
    for general support, including financial and accommodation advice

    PaW (Psychology and Wellness Services) 
    for support with mental health  

    Equitable Learning Services  
    for educational adjustment support with ongoing conditions affecting academic performance

    Special consideration  
    for educational adjustments with unforeseeable circumstances affecting academic performance

    Fee remission  
    for courses attempted unsuccessfully within the past year as a result of unforeseeable circumstances that occurred after the Census date

    Review of results  
    for marks you believe to have been calculated incorrectly

    Appeal your academic standing of suspension or exclusion
    for applications to appeal suspension or exclusion on the grounds of material irregularity or administrative error, or that your performance was adversely affected by illness or other misadventure