HDR examinations - FAQs for examiners
FAQs about accessing the examination system
Please log on at your earliest convenience to verify you can access the system and to confirm or decline your acceptance to examine the thesis and indicate if you would prefer a hard copy posted to you.
Firstly, try resetting your password. You need to have access to the email address that you first registered with and use in the system. If you are still having trouble, contact the technical help line +61 3 522 72633 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm) or contact our HDR adviser.
FAQs about the impact of COVID-19 on thesis examinations
You are not required to include a COVID-19 Thesis Impact Statement in your thesis. It is an optional element.
Australia’s COVID-19 response included lockdowns restricting intra-city, interstate, and international travel, limiting social interaction, closure of schools and universities and the requirement to work and study remotely.
Victoria, Australia, the location of Deakin campuses, experienced six lockdowns between March 2020 and October 2021 that collectively totalled 262 days. These were among the longest city-wide lockdowns in the world.
From early 2020, Deakin sought to mitigate this impact on our higher degree by research students. These students were given priority access to laboratories, supported to pivot research projects, and received extensions to candidature time (and scholarships).
Not all impact on research could be mitigated due to the extended direct and indirect effects of limited domestic and international travel, closed university campuses, and restricted in-person access to human research participants and fieldwork.
Each candidate will present it in the way they believe best suits their research and thesis. It may be:
- a separate page at the beginning of the thesis (up to 600 words) or
- integrated into the thesis in relevant chapters.
A COVID-19 Thesis Impact Statement does not seek ‘special consideration’ – all submitted work is expected to be an original contribution to discipline knowledge. In making your recommendation as an examiner, you exercise your academic judgement about the quality of the research and if it meets the criteria for recommendation of the award.
Rather, a COVID-19 Thesis Impact Statement is to provide you with information about the research challenges faced due to disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and how these challenges were addressed.
Where the COVID-19 Thesis Impact Statement outlines disruption to research activities, you may consider some flexibility in the scope and volume of research as well as methods deployed from other disciplines.
FAQs about the examination
You will be asked if you would like a hard copy when you log onto HDR examinations. Select yes.
If you previously selected no but have changed your mind, contact our HDR adviser.
You have eight weeks to complete an examination from the date you were notified of the examination. Your report due date is noted in HDR examinations.
No. You may be advised when the examination has been finalised. As examiners are permitted to remain anonymous, you will have access to the other examiners reports but their names may not be disclosed.
You must submit your report directly into HDR examinations. Log in, complete the Recommendation and Report form, and upload your report.
FAQs about payment
Australian Business Numbers (ABNs) are issued by the Australian Taxation Office. An ABN is a single identifier for all business dealings with the tax office and for dealings with other government departments and agencies.
To be entitled to an ABN you must be carrying on an enterprise in Australia. An enterprise, among other things, is an activity or series of activities done in the form of a business.
Some examiners based in Australia have an ABN, but it is not essential to have one to act as an examiner.
The Australian Taxation Office provides further information on ABNs.
If you are an overseas examiner, your honorarium is approved within seven business days, then your payment will be deposited into your nominated bank account by Western Union in your home country's currency within 21 business days.
If you are a domestic examiner with an ABN, your honorarium will be approved within seven business days, then your payment will be deposited into your nominated bank account within 21 business days.
If you are a domestic examiner without an ABN, your honorarium will be approved within seven business days, then your payment will be deposited into your nominated bank account within 21 business days.
Examiners are paid an honorarium upon submission of a written report on a thesis. The rate is:
- doctoral thesis – AUD480
- masters thesis – AUD270