This policy details the processes and procedures involved if you wish to appeal examination conditions under which you sat.
This policy applies to the function of the Australian Pharmacy Council (the APC) in relation to the assessment of skills and competency for practice as a pharmacist in Australia, by the process of sitting an examination, to appeal the conditions under which they sat.
This policy applies to appeals in relation to the following examinations administered by the APC on behalf of the Pharmacy Board of Australia:
This policy applies to:
The APC will not accept verbal applications for an appeal.
The application for the appeal must clearly identify that the person is applying for an appeal and clearly identify the examination outcome that the appeal relates to.
Before applying for an appeal, consideration should be given by the appellant to the grounds on which the APC will undertake an appeal against the outcome of an examination outcome.
The application for the appeal must also identify:
It is the obligation of the person applying for the appeal to ensure that all relevant information regarding the appeal is provided to the APC. This includes the provision of any additional information or documents that the appellant wishes to be taken into account in the consideration of the appeal.
An application for an appeal in relation to the outcome of an examination must be made within 30 days after the person affected by the outcome receives notice from the APC of the outcome. If an application for an appeal is not made within that 30-day period, the APC is not required to undertake the appeal.
When an application for an appeal is received by the APC, the APC will confirm receipt of the application and advise whether the application for the appeal is accepted for further consideration. Appeals that are incomplete, or otherwise do not comply with this policy, will not be accepted for further consideration.
The appeal will be submitted to the Executive Director of Professional Services (EDPS) who will investigate according to paragraphs 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 and determine the outcome. The EDPS may at their discretion delegate the investigative task to another person prior to making an outcome decision. The decision once made will be final.
The APC will only undertake an appeal against the outcome of an examination on grounds concerning the procedure for the examination, and whether the procedures followed by the APC or its delivery partner to conduct the examination may have materially impacted upon the outcome of the examination. In particular, the APC will have regard to whether anything done by the APC (or its partners) in conducting the examination means the outcome of the examination does not fairly represent the appellant's knowledge and skills at the time of the examination.
In conducting the appeal, the APC will have regard to the published process relating to the conduct of the examination, and any information provided by the appellant regarding the conduct of the examination.
The APC may also get other information that it considers relevant to the appeal. This may include information from anyone involved in the conduct of the examination. If the APC does get other information relevant to the appeal, and the APC considers that the information may be a reason to make a decision refusing the appeal, that information will be provided to the appellant, and an opportunity will be given to the appellant to respond to the information.
If the APC decides to uphold the appeal, the APC may determine, as appropriate, that:
The APC will undertake the appeal on the submitted application, and other written material received or obtained in relation to the application unless it otherwise considers that it is appropriate to provide the appellant an opportunity to provide information orally.
If the APC accepts an application for appeal, the APC will generally intend to make a decision on the appeal within 30 days from receipt of the application for an appeal. However, the timing of the decision on the appeal may be impacted by the need for the APC to obtain further information relevant to the appeal, and the complexity of the issues to be determined in the appeal.
If the APC decides to refuse the appeal, the APC will provide a summary of the reasons for its decision together with the notification of the outcome of the appeal.
The outcome of the appeal will not be subject to further review or appeal by the APC.