Removal of the 50% pass rate requirement

The Government has announced support to remove the pass rate requirement for students, subject to the passage of legislation.

The Government is removing the pass rate requirements, which applied from 1 January 2022 and required students to pass 50 per cent of their units of study in their course to maintain access to Commonwealth assistance.

These requirements were intended to dissuade students from continuing in courses they are not academically suited for, and to encourage providers to identify and provide support for struggling students.

The Government will strengthen accountability and reporting requirements for higher education providers to ensure that students, particularly equity students, are properly supported to study successfully. 

Providers will be required to account for satisfactory completion rates, appropriate enrolment practices and early intervention with high quality support for struggling students.

The removal of the pass rate requirements is subject to the passage of legislation.