Student Handbook



Regular in-class or online attendance is an essential part of practice-based learning. If you are unable to attend a session as timetabled, please notify the Student Centre or your teacher in advance.

Attendance is compulsory and will be monitored on an ongoing basis. You are required to attend all timetabled sessions including lectures, inductions, workshops, seminars and tutorials. If your course of study includes online study, regular engagement and participation through Moodle is required.

Sustained unauthorised absence from any course, including persistent lateness or failure to engage in online activities, will be considered grounds for inclusion on the At Risk register, and if absences continue this may be considered grounds for exclusion from your course of study (see Section 7: Progression). You will be notified by email to your AFTRS email about any issues with your attendance or engagement.

All timetabled teaching sessions commence promptly at the time they are scheduled to begin. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for class, you may be recorded as absent and in some circumstances may not be permitted to participate in class activities. Attempts to falsify attendance records will be treated as misconduct. Ongoing absence from class without notice may affect the ability of other students to achieve their learning outcomes and will be considered misconduct.

Records of attendance will be used as evidence of the development of professional standards of conduct and considered when determining offers for industry placements for students where applicable.


Absences of up to a third of the duration of your subject or course may be permitted in exceptional circumstances.

Extended absences required due to illness or misadventure are subject to Special Consideration procedures and will only be granted on submission of a medical certificate or other form of appropriate evidence (see Section 12.2 Special Consideration).

If you wish to take an extended absence from your course for reasons other than illness or misadventure (such as work or travel commitments), you must apply for approval from the Director of Award Courses or delegate using the Absence Request Form, providing details of how you plan to catch up with course material and assessments scheduled during your absence.

If you are unable to attend classes for a period of time longer than one third of the learning and teaching activities in subject or course in a semester, you may be advised to withdraw from the program or take a leave of absence – depending on the course.


The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.