We expect students to make steady progress through their courses and remain in good academic standing. This page explains the different levels of academic standing, including academic warnings and showing cause.

Academic standing

After the release of final results each semester, a grade point average (GPA) is calculated for every student.

Your academic standing is determined by:

  • your GPA in a given semester, and
  • the number of units you pass.

Ordinarily, there are three levels of academic standing:

  • Good standing,
  • Academic warning, and
  • Showing cause.

Academic standing after showing cause

If you have been required to show cause, you will return to good standing when you make satisfactory academic progress for two consecutive semesters.

Ideally, your progress after showing cause will unfold like this:

  • Showing cause. [Semester 1, Year X]
  • Satisfactory academic progress after showing cause. [Semester 2, Year X]
  • Satisfactory academic progress after showing cause. [Semester 1, Year Y].
  • Good standing. [From the end of Semester 1, Year Y]

If you make unsatisfactory progress in either of the two semesters immediately after showing cause, you will be issued with another show cause notice.

Unsatisfactory progress is when:

  • your GPA falls below 3.5, or
  • you fail 50 per cent or more of your enrolled units. A fail is any grade less than 4.

Academic warning

If you are in good standing, you will receive an academic warning if:

  • your GPA falls below 3.5 for a given semester, or
  • you fail 50 per cent or more of your enrolled units for a given semester. A fail is any grade less than 4.

The Academic Registrar is responsible for informing students of academic warnings. Students are notified via their student email account.

If you receive an academic warning, you will be required to seek academic advice from your faculty or learning assistance from Student Services.

If you achieve unsatisfactory academic progress in two successive semesters, you will be required to show cause.

Showing cause

If you are “required to show cause” this means you must provide a reason in writing why your enrolment should not be cancelled.

A show cause notice will be issued if:

1. You received an academic warning in your previous semester and:

  • your GPA falls below 3.5 in the latest semester of study, or
  • you fail 50 per cent or more of your enrolled units in the latest semester of study. A fail is any grade less than 4.

2. You received a show cause notice in one of the two most recent semesters of study and:

  • your GPA falls below 3.5 in the latest semester of study, or
  • you fail 50 per cent or more of your enrolled units in the latest semester of study. A fail is any grade less than 4.

Students who are required to show cause are notified via their student email account.

Find out more about the Show Cause Process

Impact on your visa

Satisfactory academic progress is a condition of holding an Australian student visa.

Failing to remain in good standing can have serious consequences for your current student visa and your future study options in Australia.

Please contact your faculty, or Student Services immediately if you are issued with an academic warning.

Summer Semester

Academic warnings and show cause notices are not issued for Summer Semester.

Instead, you will be sent an informal email warning, which outlines the different learning support options available to you.

We encourage you to act on the email’s advice, so you can make steady progress through the remainder of your program.