Census dates

The census date is the deadline by which your enrolment and fees must be finalised for each semester. It is the last day that you can withdraw from a course(s) without incurring academic or financial liability.

If you drop a course (class) from your enrolment on or before the semester census date the course will be completely removed from your record, you will not be charged student contribution/tuition fees or have a grade applied.

If you drop a course (class) from your enrolment after the semester census date the course will remain on your record with a 'withdraw' grade and student contribution/tuition fees will be charged.

There is a census date for each course (class) in which you enrol. Below is a summary of census dates for higher education students.

For further details on census dates and a full list of important semester dates please refer to the important dates page.

2021 Census Date Summary (Higher education students)
Late Summer 2021210220 January 2021
Semester 1, 2021210531 March 2021
Trimester 1 / PP Semester 1, 2021210716 April 2021
Winter 2021211515 July 2021
Trimester 2 / PP Semester 2, 2021211713 August 2021
Semester 2, 2021212031 August 2021
Spring 20212125 15 October 2021
Trimester 3 / Summer 2021212710 December 2021

For domestic students who have government support, the census date is also the:

  • last day you can make up-front fee payment to the University for the applicable semester;
  • last day you can apply for a HELP loan for the applicable semester; and
  • day you become liable for HELP debts for the applicable semester.

Whether you choose to pay your fees upfront, apply for a HELP loan, or a combination of both, you are required to finalise all of these arrangements by census date.