Appeal your decision

It’s important that you follow the correct process to submit an appeal to the University Appeals Committee (UAC). You must submit the required documentation as detailed through the online submission form. If you do not provide the information it may result in a long delay in your appeal being considered, or in your appeal being dismissed. Submissions must be made within 20 working days of being notified of the Faculty or Committee decision you are appealing.

You are strongly advised to seek assistance from the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) Advocacy Service in preparing your appeal application.

Whilst appeals are processed as quickly as possible, depending on the complexity of cases, it may take several weeks for a case to be concluded.

To start your appeal, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Ensure you have a copy of your Faculty outcome letter

The Faculty review outcome letter details the decision you are appealing and is provided to you by your Faculty.

Step 2: Identify the grounds for your appeal

Your appeal must be based on one or more specific grounds as detailed in the online application form.

Step 3: Write an appeal submission

If you believe you have grounds for an appeal, the next step is to write an appeal submission stating the grounds for your appeal. Provide as much relevant information as possible.

You must provide relevant documents to support your appeal (for example, medical certificates, death certificates, letters of support, police reports, etc) if you have them.

DUSA employs qualified and experienced advocates who offer FREE confidential advice and support. Advocates can advise and assist with your appeal.

Step 4: Submit your appeal submission and supporting documents via the online application form

Your appeal application must be submitted to the UAC Secretariat within 20 working days of being notified of the Faculty decision.

You must complete all sections of the online form for your appeal to be accepted. Incomplete submissions cannot be processed. Please make sure you submit all required documentation in support of your appeal to your online application.

Step 5: Chair Review of your appeal submission

The granting of an appeal hearing is not automatic. The Chair of the University Appeals Committee will review your appeal submission and decide whether it will proceed to a hearing. This decision is final so it is very important that you provide all relevant supporting documentation with your appeal submission.

Step 6: Attend the appeal hearing (if your submission is accepted)

If the UAC Chair decides that you have demonstrated grounds for appeal, your appeal will proceed to hearing. You will be informed of the date, time and location of your appeal hearing and invited to attend. You may bring a support person to the hearing (however that person must not be a lawyer). Your support person could be a DUSA Advocate.

At the hearing, you can present your appeal to the UAC. You will usually know the outcome of your appeal on the day of the hearing and will receive written notification of the appeal outcome within five working days of the hearing.

Late applications

An application to appeal is late if it is made after 20 working days from the Faculty Committee’s decision that you wish to appeal.

Late applications will be only be accepted where you can provide supporting information that shows how exceptional circumstances prevented you from applying by the deadline. Exceptional circumstances do not include failure to check email or advise the University of a change of address.

To make a late application for appeal, you must:

  • complete and submit the appeal form
  • submit a written explanation of the circumstances for your late application for appeal
  • attach supporting documents for your late application for appeal

It is advised that you also submit your appeal application at the same time as your late application for appeal if it is ready to submit (by following the process in How to appeal a decision).

If your appeal is not ready to submit at the same time as your late application for appeal, please contact the Appeals team at

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