Appeal for HDR candidates

If an academic decision that has been made significantly impacts your Higher Degree by Research candidature, you may apply for an appeal.

Academic decisions include:

  • An outcome on your research proposal,
  • An outcome on your thesis,
  • Termination of your candidature, or
  • Termination of your scholarship.

You should submit your application within ten business days from when you received notification your request has been declined or rejected. Or, within twenty business days if you are an international student and the decision is to exclude you from your course or the University.

Read the University Student Appeals Policy and Procedure for the criteria and process on how to appeal.

Grounds for Appeal

An appeal application will be considered if you can demonstrate there is:

  • evidence that there has been a failure to provide procedural fairness in hearing and/or making a decision on your candidacy, or
  • there is new evidence of factors outside your control that impaired your candidacy, which:
    • you could not reasonably have been expected to provide at the time the original decision was made, and
    • would have been a significant factor in the original decision.

Before you submit your request

  • We will generally make a decision based on what you write and submit in your appeal application, so you may want to look at How to Build a Strong Appeal Application.
  • You may also want a Student Advocate to assist you or look over your appeal application before applying for an appeal. You can contact a Student Advocate.

How to appeal

  • Use this word template to assist you in applying for appeal.
  • Go to the Student Portal
  • Search the form name "Appeals" and submit the request
  • You can check the status of your request on your Student Portal

Important things you should know

  • We will assess your appeal application within ten (10) business days after submitting it.
  • You will receive an email when your appeal application is being reviewed.
  • This email will give you five (5) more business days to add anything further to your appeal application if you forgot to submit a document or wanted to make a further supporting statement. After this, a decision will be made.
  • You will be notified about the outcome of your appeal application via email.
  • Late applications will be accepted in exceptional circumstances. To request an extension, email the University Student Appeals Officer before your appeal is due.

What happens next

The decision made on your appeal application will be final and is not appealable. Once your appeal is assessed, you will be emailed an outcome of upheld, vary or denied.


If your appeal is upheld:

the original decision that was made will be reversed and your application will be reassessed.


If your appeal is varied:

then there will be specific instructions or conditions in the email sent to you.


If your appeal is denied:

the original decision made will remain and will not be changed.