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Student Academic Progress

Academic progress is all about you and UniSQ working together to ensure you can successfully complete your program. Supporting our students is a priority for UniSQ and one way we do this is by monitoring each student’s academic progress to determine whether any additional academic support or other assistance may be needed.

As a student, you are required to maintain satisfactory academic results and complete your program within a specified time. However, we understand every student's journey is unique and your studies may be impacted by various circumstances at different times throughout your studies. If through academic progress monitoring, we identify you may be experiencing difficulties, we can help you determine which supportive interventions will benefit you and your studies. Your academic success can be improved by accessing the right supports and services for your circumstances.

It is important to note, Commonwealth supported students commencing in 2022 may be required to maintain a completion rate in their program, in order to retain eligibility for a Commonwealth Supported Place. You can find out more about how this affects you on our Domestic student fees page.

Academic progress stages

After each release of results, we will contact students who may benefit from additional support. If you are successfully progressing towards completing your program, you will not be assigned to any of the Academic Progress stages and may access support as you need it.

The first time you meet one or more of the following criteria, you will be identified as a Stage 1 Priority Student:

  • failed a Course and enrolled in that Course for a second time or
  • failed one or more Courses, but less than 50% of your Courses in your most recent Study Period.

You will need to improve your results to ensure you do not progress to a further Stage. You are encouraged to:

Your academic progress will return to satisfactory when you pass all Courses in your most recent Study Period unless you enrol in a Course you have previously failed.


You will be identified as a Stage 2 Assisted Student, if you do not to meet academic progression requirements and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • failed 50% or more of your Course load in the most recent Teaching Period
  • failed one Course or its equivalent for the second time
  • enrolled in a Course for the third time
  • enrolled in a compulsory work-integrated learning (WIL) practicum or placement or project Course for the second time
  • failed a compulsory work-integrated learning (WIL) practicum or placement or project Course
  • readmitted to the same or different program, following a period of Exclusion.

As a Stage 2 Assisted student, you are required to develop an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) which is designed to help you identify barriers, reflect on your studies, and develop strategies related to your specific needs.

You may complete your AIP independently or book an appointment and work collaboratively with a Progression Officer. You are encouraged to complete the reflection sections of the AIP before attending your appointment and attach your started AIP to your booking.

When you are identified as a Stage 2 Assisted Student for the first time, you will remain in Stage 2 for a minimum of two Study Periods, unless you meet the criteria for Stage 3 after your first Study Period as a Stage 2 Assisted Student.

If you continue to not make satisfactory progress towards completing your program, you are at risk of exclusion for a maximum of 12 months.

If you have been identified as a Stage 2 Assisted Student for at least one Teaching Period and meet one or more of the following criteria, you will be issued with a Notice of Intention to be Excluded from your program:

  • failed 50% or more of the Courses attempted in your most recent Teaching Period as a Stage 2 student
  • failed the same Course, or its equivalent, a third time
  • failed a compulsory WIL, practicum, placement or project Course for a second time.

If you receive a Notice of Intention to be Exclude, you are required to complete a Show Cause. 

As a student visa holder your academic progress is linked to your student visa. You are expected to maintain satisfactory program progress and complete your program within the standard completion timeframe. Under the ESOS act, the university is required to monitor your academic progression and report to the Department of Home Affairs when your progress impacts your enrolment.

It is important that you are aware of any conditions attached to your student visa. For a full explanation of the conditions, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Not meeting satisfactory academic progress will lengthen the duration of your program and you may need to apply for an extension of your eCOE and student visa.

If you are not meeting your course requirements and that results in exclusion from your program, the University is required to notify the Department of Home Affairs. As a result, your student visa will likely be impacted, and you will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs.

We want to help you to achieve the best results you are capable of. If you are worried about your academic progress, our Progression Officers provide one on one consultations aimed at providing you with individualised advice based on your circumstances.

Your Progression Officer can:

  • answer any questions about your academic progress and discuss your options
  • discuss any identified academic and personal barriers
  • guide you through developing strategies to help you achieve your study goals
  • connect you with specialised services and supports for learning
  • work collaboratively with you to complete you Academic Improvement Plan

To book an appointment, access our online booking system and select a date and time suitable to you. If you require an appointment outside of the available times, please contact us to arrange an alternate time.

You are encouraged to complete the reflection sections of the AIP before attending your appointment.

Book an appointment

Book a one on one consultation with our Progression Officers.

Email

progression.management@usq.edu.au

Phone

1800 007 252 or + 61 7 4631 2285 (iconnect)