Supplementary Assessment Procedure

Policy code: AG2032
Policy owner: Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Accreditation)
Approval authority: Provost
Approval date: 29 November 2023
Next review date: 29 September 2025


Supplementary assessment provides students with an additional opportunity to demonstrate they have achieved the academic standard required for a Pass level in a unit where they have marginally failed a previous examination/assessment. This additional assessment allows the student to demonstrate a satisfactory level of knowledge of fundamental concepts and essential skills to meet the unit learning outcomes.

This procedure articulates the eligibility criteria and process to be followed for supplementary assessment at Federation University.


This procedure applies to eligible higher education coursework units.

Legislative Context

  • Federation University Australia Act 2010
  • The Higher EducationStandards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021


For the purpose of this procedure, supplementary assessment is defined as an assessment or examination that provides eligible students with a further opportunity to demonstrate that they have achieved the required learning outcomes of a unit.


1. Checking whether a unitmay offer supplementary assessment

A. Checking whether a unit may offer supplementary assessment Unit Coordinator
  1. Check the Unit Description that will specify if supplementary assessment is available for a particular unit. All Higher Education unit-work units of the University may offer students supplementary assessment except where it is specifically excluded in the rules applicable to that course/unit.
  2. The following types of units may be exempt from offering supplementary assessment:
    • An identified dissertation or project units
    • Placements or work integrated learning units
    • Some fieldwork or laboratory-based units
    • Where the grade for the unit is specified as S/U(Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory)
    • A unit available only in Honours Degrees.
  3. All exemptions must be approved by the Curriculum Committee via the School/Institute Board and noted in the Unit Description.

2. Determining whether a student is eligible for supplementary assessment

A. Identifying which students meet the eligibility criteria Executive Dean/Dean or nominee such as Course Coordinator
  1. Supplementary assessment is available to students who have failed a unit but have gained at least 45 per cent for that unit. The student must have:
    1. Been studying a unit that allows supplementary assessment in itsUnit Description (see above).
    2. Have failed overall in the unit but gained a final unit mark of 45 per cent or above.
    3. Completed all major assessment tasks (including all sub-components where a task has multiple parts) as specified in the Unit Description.
    4. Is not eligible for any other form of supplementary assessment.

NOTE: A student found guilty of academic misconduct is still eligible for supplementary assessment if their final unit mark inclusive of any penalty imposed for academic misconduct is 45 per cent or above.

B. Grading students eligible for supplementary assessment Unit Coordinator
  1. Record a ZN grade (Supplementary assessment to be completed within 3 months) for students eligible for supplementary assessment in the university-approved student management system.
C. Determining type of supplementary assessment task Unit Coordinator
  1. Determines the type of supplementary assessment task.

3. Notifying student of opportunity to complete supplementary assessment

A. Notify student Student HQ/GPS
  1. Send an email (with a copy to the Unit Coordinator and Examinations) to the student’s University address notifying them of the opportunity to complete a supplementary assessment:
    • Immediately upon the release of end of semester grades.
    • Detailing the type of assessment (i.e. examination or non-invigilated assessment)
    • For non-invigilated assessments, the type of assessment (e.g. essay) and the contact details of their Unit/Academic Coordinator
  2. For examinations, advise that further details will be emailed by the Examinations Office. Students must be given a minimum of five (5) working daysnotice for a supplementary examination. In the case of a non-invigilated assessment, the designated due date would normally be before the close of the official deferred examination period.
B. Notify staff Student HQ/GPS
  1. For domestic and international students studying at main Federation campuses, send a copy of the email to the Unit Coordinator. In the case of a supplementary examination, also send a copy to the Examinations Office
  2. For partner students, send a copy to the Unit Coordinator, Partner Liaison and the Partner Academic Coordinator.
C. Advising students of time and location of supplementary examinations Examinations Office
  1. Email the time and location details to the student.

4. Timing and grading supplementary assessments

A. Grade non-respondents Student HQ
  1. The grades of students who do not respond to the offer of a supplementary assessmentwill revert to that originally recorded (MF).
B. Establish the timing of a supplementary assessment Institute/School/Student
  1. If a student cannot complete a supplementary assessment in the normal time-period specified above, an outcome will be negotiated that both reflects natural justice and is reasonable to all parties and is consistent with all University policies and procedures.  In the case of an examination, a supplementary examination may be scheduled at a mutually convenient time, or defer it until the end of the next semester in which that unit runs. All extensions of time for the completion of supplementary assessment must be in accordance with the Higher Education Special Consideration Procedure and use the appropriate form. Wherever possible, supplementary examinations will be completed in the published differed examination period.
  2. Results must be lodged within ten (10) working days of the submission or completion of the supplementary task.
C. Record the supplementary assessment grade Institute/School
  1. The supplementary assessment task is marked on a Pass/Fail basis only.  If the student fails to achieve a pass mark on the supplementary task, the original MF (Marginal Fail) grade will be reinstated in the university-approved student management system. This should normally be finalised within 1 week (i.e. 7 calendar days) of the supplementary task being submitted.
  2. Generate a Unit Result Amendment (URA) for approval.
  3. Executive Dean/Dean or nominee approves the URA.
  4. All URAs are noted at the next appropriate Institute/School Board meeting.
  5. Annual report to Academic Board on appropriate statistics of the procedure including uptake of supplementary opportunities, success and student retention.
D. Reporting grade to student Student HQ/GPS
  1. Publish the final grade on the official student management system.
E. Appealing grades Student
  1. Students may appeal against a grade in accordance with the StudentAppeals Procedure.


  • Provost (as the Approval Authority) is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this procedure.
  • Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Accreditation) (as the Document Owner) is responsible for maintaining the content of this procedure as delegated by the Approval Authority.
  • Policy Officer is responsible for the administration support for the maintenance of this procedure as directed by the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Accreditation).


The Supplementary Assessment Procedure will be communicated throughout the University community in the form of:

  1. An Announcement Notice via FedNews website and on the ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page on the ‘Policies, Procedures and Forms @ the University’ website to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure.
  2. Distribution of e-mails as appropriate.


The Supplementary Assessment Procedure will be implemented throughout the University via:

  1. An Announcement Notice via FedNews website and on the ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page on the ‘Policies, Procedures and Forms @ the University’ website to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure.

Records Management

Document Title Location Responsible Officer Minimum Retention Period
Higher Education supplementary assessment Institute/Schools and Partners Registrar Two years after conclusion of use