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Satisfactory completion of an HSC course: non-completion determinations

ACE 8027

Last Updated: 11 October 2021

This rule is affected by changes made to RoSA and HSC rules and requirements in 2021.

Find these amendments in our COVID Changes for 2021.

When a principal issues a non-completion (‘N’) determination in a course, this must be indicated via Schools Online .The school must also submit an assessment mark via Schools Online – this mark will be reported if the student appeals successfully to the school or to NESA.

Assessment marks do not need to be submitted for competency-based courses.

Where mandatory work placement hours are not completed in a VET Industry Curriculum Framework course, or where required in a VET Board Endorsed Course, an ‘N’ determination should be issued.

It should be noted that if a student fails to undertake any mandatory work placement component it may be determined that the student has not made a genuine attempt to complete course requirements. In this case the principal can indicate that the course has not been satisfactorily completed and the student may be issued with an ‘N’ determination.

It is possible for the principal to certify, at a later time, that the student has subsequently completed the mandatory requirements and request that the ‘N’ determination be withdrawn.