Thesis classification

Once your thesis has been examined you must make the required changes and apply for thesis classification.

Submitting your thesis for classification

After you receive your examiners’ reports, you need to prepare a formal response and your revise your thesis for classification under the guidance of your supervisors. The amount of time you have to prepare your response depends on the outcome you received.

Once your supervisors are satisfied that your thesis should be classified, they will prepare a citation and sign off on your classification documentation. They will also write a memo indicating their support of your revisions. Your Chair of Examiners, or a nominee, will also review your thesis and sign off on your documentation before it is submitted for classification.

You need to coordinate the sign-off from your supervisors as well as the Chair of Examiners, so it's essential you let them know the deadlines you are working towards. You should allow the Chair of Examiners a reasonable period of time for them to review your documentation, so factor this into your planning, remembering that sometimes Chair of Examiners are reviewing a number of theses at the one time.

Access the graduate research forms online.

Once all of your documentation is in order, submit your complete set of documents to

2018 classification due dates

  • 9 February
  • 30 March
  • 19 April
  • 18 May
  • 15 June
  • 13 July
  • 17 August
  • 14 September
  • 19 October
  • 9 November
  • 30 November



When the examiners recommend no changes or minor changes, and the Chair of Examiners recommends classification, the classification documents will be reviewed, signed and classified by the Dean, Graduate Research.

In all other cases, the classification paperwork will be forwarded to an Academic Review Panel to review the classification paperwork and the final thesis. Once the Academic Review Panel is satisfied all requirements have been met, the Dean, Graduate Research approves the classification.

Notification of classification

Please allow 15 working days for classification.  This enables your documentation to be thoroughly reviewed both from an administrative and academic perspective.

ORQTI will notify you in writing of the outcome of this process and provide you with a timeframe to submit one electronic copy of your thesis to the ORTQI.

Completion & graduation

You will receive a Notification of Completion after the following steps have occurred:

  1. You have lodged the electronic copy of your thesis and the VURR Form with the ORTQI.
  2. Your thesis has been conferred by Council (or their delegate).

You will then be invited to attend the next Graduation ceremony.

2018 graduation dates

August graduations

Tuesday 7 August - Friday 10 August 2018.

At this stage, the tentative deadline for you to submit your classification paperwork to ORTQI in order for you to be able to attend the August graduation ceremony is 4pm, Friday 18 May 2018.

December graduations

Monday 10 December - Friday 14 December.

At this stage, the tentative deadline for you to submit your classification paperwork to ORTI in order for you to be able to attend the December graduation ceremony is 4pm, Friday 9 November 2018.

Contact us

If you require further information about the classification of thesis process, please contact your supervisor in the first instance. If further clarification is required, please contact