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If a student in Years 10, 11 & 12 misses a formal assessment,  they can apply for an illness/misadventure application where illness/misadventure:

  • occurred immediately before (i.e. the day of or possibly evening before) or during an exam
  • was unexpected
  • was beyond your control
  • prevented you from attending OR diminished your exam performance.

Accessing/downloading the form:

The KHS Illness/misadventure application form can be obtained from the school’s administration office or downloaded under the assessment menu on our forms page (linked here).

Applications must:

  • Be written by the student, with the student outlining how they are affected (Section A). A parent can only apply on the student’s behalf if the student is incapacitated.
  • include advice from a relevant independent expert, like a doctor or police officer, to show why the student couldn’t attend or was affected on the day of an assessment (Section B). Evidence must be in regards to the student.
  • relate to the specific day of an assessment as illness/misadventure does not cover lost preparation time or events that occur in the lead-up to an exam.
  • be submitted by the student to their Deputy Principal no more than two days after the original assessment date or the end of a scheduled assessment week. Any application received after a student has knowledge of their mark and/or rank cannot be approved.

Sitting and submitting tasks:

NESA advises students always to attend assessments if they can, even if applying for illness or misadventure but don’t attend against medical advice.

A student must be prepared to sit or submit tasks upon their immediate return to school. Students must still complete assessments even if illness or misadventure has been approved.

The usual practice for students who were not in attendance for examinations/tests will be sitting a substitute task. Student should be prepared to do this upon return to school.


Illness/misadventure applications are for cases where an illness or mishap affects performance so that the student’s result does not properly measure your achievement. These applications don’t cover:

  • difficulty preparing or lost preparation time (including technology failure)
  • alleged deficiencies in teaching
  • lost time or facilities for study
  • misreading exam timetables and/or instructions
  • long-term illness (eg glandular fever, asthma or epilepsy), unless you suffer a flare-up of the condition during the exam
  • conditions for which you have been granted disability provisions, unless you have further unexpected difficulties
  • conditions for which you should have applied for disability provisions
  • courses where you are a self-tuition student
  • other commitments such as participation in entertainment, family holiday, work, sporting events, or attendance at exams conducted by other education organisations.

Processing of applications:

The Deputy Principal will consider the application.

If the Deputy Principal is considering declining the application, they will first meet with the other members of the senior executive (Principal and Deputy Principal of alternate year groups) to decide on the outcome. Unsuccessful applications can be appealed, in writing, no later than 3 days after receiving the decision.