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Information on submitting your assessment, requesting an extension, due dates, penalties and study support.


IMPORTANT: In 2023 there was a change to Deakin's Assessment (higher education courses) procedure. This change impacts assessment or assessment extensions and special consideration. Assessment extensions can be granted up to 7 calendar days.

Submitting your assessment

Assessments are submitted online via your unit site in most circumstances. Please see your Unit Guide for submission instructions, word limits and assessment requirements. If you are still unsure, contact your Unit Chair or speak to a Student Adviser via Student Central. For information on submitting your assessment online, read through the Help guide on Assignments.

Due dates

The assessment due date is the last day on which your assessment must reach your faculty or be submitted via your unit site.

Deakin has a universal submission time of 8pm (AEST/AEDT as applicable) for all online assessment submissions. Late penalties will be applied for submissions received after 11.59pm on the due date.

Penalties for late submission

The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date - without an approved extension:

  • 5% of the total marks of the task is deducted for each new calendar day up to 7 calendar days.
  • Work submitted more than 7 calendar days after the due date will not be marked and you will receive 0% for the task.

Assessment extensions

If unexpected circumstances beyond your control will prevent you from submitting an assessment by the due date, you should request an assessment extension.

Requests should be submitted before the assessment is due when you realise you will have difficulty meeting the due date/time. It is important to note that making a request for an extension does not guarantee that this request will be granted. Assessment extensions can be granted up to 7 calendar days. Students requiring a longer extension or who cannot request an extension by the due date should apply for special consideration.

Please note: Students with an DRC Access Plan and/or using NIKERII Student Support services, additional reasonable adjustments to extensions between seven and up to fourteen days may be granted by the Unit Chair.

Submitting an assessment extension request

Extension Requests can be submitted within your unit site in the ‘Assessment’ tab as soon as you are aware there will be an issue with meeting the deadline.

You are required to provide a valid reason for the extension and the length of time you are seeking for the extension. In most cases, you will be required to supply supporting documentation (e.g., medical certificate, death certificate, statutory declaration). When circumstances prevent you from applying, the application may be made on your behalf by the relevant University support service you are liaising with (e.g. Safer Community, Counselling or DisabilityResource Centre).

Conditions under which an extension will normally be considered include:

  • Medical – to cover medical conditions of a serious nature (including mental ill-health) e.g., hospitalisation, serious injury or chronic illness.

Conditions under which an extension will not normally be considered include:

  • misreading timetables, submitting an assessment incorrectly or late
  • poor time management or holidays
  • technical or computer issues are not grounds to request an assessment extension.

View our academic skills guides to get assistance.

Special consideration

You should apply for special consideration if:

  • you were unable to apply for an extension before the assessment due date/time
  • rescheduling is impractical, or
  • you have requested an extension of more than 7 calendar days.

Has your assessment been received?

When the assessment has been successfully submitted online, you should receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email (please check your junk mail), you should contact your Unit Chair.

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