Enrolment Policy

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  • Policy owner: Chair, Academic Administration Committee
  • Policy category: Academic: Academic Administration
  • Policy status: Approved
  • Approval body: Academic Board
  • Endorsement body: Academic Administration Committee
  • Related policies:
  • Last amended: 29th Oct. 2019


The purpose of this policy is to outline subject or unit enrolment guidelines including student processes and minimum class sizes.


All HE and VET courses
All campuses


Enrolment occurs under the direction of the Registry. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the specific requirements of the course for which they apply and/or in which they are enrolled and to select subjects or units that satisfy these requirements.

To help students in this process AC arranges an enrolment period (either on campus or online) prior to commencement of each semester, during which time:

  •  students are able to discuss their choices with Program Administrators, Campus Directors and/or faculty;
  • students complete an online Enrolment Form, selecting the subjects or units they will be undertaking during the next semester (making sure that they follow the course sequence including the pre-requisites, major/minor requirements as outlined in degree’s governing stipulations and Course Handbooks.

For the purpose of enrolment:

  • a student, who is a candidate for an award, shall be regarded as full-time or part-time;
  • for HE courses, where a domestic student is enrolled in 30 or more credit points in a semester period, the candidate shall be designated as a full-time student; otherwise they shall be designated part-time. International students are required to maintain enrolment at 40 credit points per semester, except where a reduced study load has been formally approved.

Minimum Class Enrolment

AC will endeavour to run all subjects, units and courses as advertised. However, provision of particular subjects, units or courses is dependent on resources and staff being available. In this case:

  • Should enrolments in a face to face subject, unit or course fall below 6 full-fee students it will be subject to review by the Registrar, in consultation with the Program Director and Campus Director, Vice President Academic and the Vice President Operations.
  • The Vice President Academic or Registrar may declare such a subject, unit or course ‘non-viable’, and direct its cancellation. Specialist courses may require higher enrolments.
  • In the case of a cancellation, either AC Refund Policies will assure student fee return, or students may take up the offer of an alternative subject, unit or course (as directed by the Program Director).

Auditing, non-award and miscellaneous subject enrolment

Alternative subject enrolments at AC may take the following forms:

  • "Audit students” are those who attend classes with no obligation to participate in the assessment. No credit points are awarded for audited subjects and no FEE-Help is available.
  • "Non-award subject" is part of a “non-award course” (e.g. an enabling course, preparatory course) which does not lead to a formal award but may be counted as credit towards an award course in some cases. The student is not provided with FEE-Help.
  • A “miscellaneous subject” is one taken in a “non-award course” or as an individual subject by a student who is not enrolled in any formal course of study.

Withdrawal from a subject enrolment

Withdrawal of a subject enrolment shall ordinarily:

  • be permitted prior to census date without academic penalty. A withdrawal is not listed on a student's formal transcript.

Withdrawal of a subject enrolment after the census date:

  • will attract the academic penalty of a Fail ("F") grade or Not Yet Competent ("NYC") grade;
  • unless a "Late Withdrawal" due to Special Circumstances has been approved via VETSAC or HESAC.

A Late Withdrawal will be listed on a student's formal transcript. Special circumstances are those that are:

  • beyond the student's control; and
  • did not make their full impact on the student until or after the census date; and
  • were such that it made it impracticable for the student to complete their subject(s) or unit(s) requirements.

Please note, special circumstances do not include a lack of knowledge or understanding of the census dates or AC's enrolment and withdrawal processes. Also, if a student withdraws from a subject or unit after the census date because they have changed their mind about studying, the student will attract the academic penalty and is not eligible for a refund of fees.

Responsible for implementation


Key stakeholders

All staff and students

Related documents

Enrolment Forms


Enrolment Procedure

Subject or unit enrolment occurs under the direction of the Registry through the following:

  • six to eight weeks before the commencement of the term the Registry will make available all enrolment documents compiled from the award timetables;
  • students will be informed that enrolments are open and/or of a specific enrolment period;
  • students are to return their enrolment forms two weeks before the commencement of term and/or intensive;
  • enrolments are entered into the Student Management System checking that the student has satisfied the pre-requisite requirements and/or has not received exemption for that subject or unit;
  • for HE, a student cannot be enrolled in the same subject a third time (see Exclusion from Subject or Course Policy).

Students wanting to change their enrolment in a specific subject after enrolment must complete the online 'Variation of Enrolment Form' prior to census date.

Procedure for a late withdrawal from a subject

To apply for a Late Withdrawal based on special circumstances, a student must apply in writing to the Registrar and include the relevant documentation to satisfy that they meet the special circumstances criteria. The application will be considered either by VETSAC or HESAC. If approved the student will receive a ‘late withdrawal’ on their formal transcript and can apply for a refund. If rejected, the student will receive a ‘Fail’ or ‘Not Yet Competent’ grade on their transcript and they are not eligible for a refund.