Alternative arrangements for examinations and assessments

Religious equity examinations and assessments are available for students whose examination or assessment schedule clash with their religious convictions.

If you have an examination or assessment that is scheduled at the same time as one of your obligatory religious Holy days then you may be eligible for religious equity.

What is an obligatory religious event?

It’s a compulsory requirement of your religion or faith binding to all followers of that tradition. An obligatory requirement will have set times and dates observed by all members of that faith tradition and require refraining from all work and study commitments in order to observe that event.

What do I need for religious equity arrangements?

Obtain a letter from your religious leader. A religious leader is the authorised leader of your local faith or spiritual community. eg. Clergy, Rabbi, Imam, Priest, Pastor, Granthi, Pandit, etc.

Your letter will need to include:

  • Your name and ID number
  • The details of your assessment name, due date, etc.
  • Details of the religious event including dates and times
  • Why or how this event impacts your studies
  • A suggested alternative date and time
  • Details of your religious leader including name, title, location, contact number and signature
  • Preferably this letter should be presented with an official letterhead.

See the process for:

Mid-semester assessments

For all non-centrally scheduled exams, assignments, practical placements, labs and tests, please submit an assessment extension application to your unit coordinator and school with the letter from your religious leader attached.

You will usually receive notification via email from your course coordinator. Please monitor your email and official communication channel.

Centrally scheduled exams

For all end of semester or end of trimester exams that are scheduled during the formal examination period, you will need to apply for an alternative examination.

To apply for an alternative exam:

  1. Obtain a support letter from your religious leader.
  2. Contact the Student Wellbeing Advisory Service.
  3. Complete a confidentiality agreement form [.pdf 35KB].
  4. Liaise with Student Wellbeing Advisory Service to finalise arrangements.

The deadline to apply for alternative examination arrangements is three weeks prior to the examination period. All documentation must be submitted on or before this date.