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 financial liability for student contribution or tuition fees.

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 and 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 2018 census dates for higher education students. For further details on census dates and a full list of important semester dates you need to know please refer to the important dates page.

2018 Census Date Summary (Higher education students)
Late Summer 20181802 20 January 2018
Semester 1, 2018180531 March 2018
PP Semester 1, 2018180713 April 2018
Winter 20181815 15 July 2018
PP Semester 2, 2018181710 August 2018
Semester 2, 2018182031 August 2018
Spring 2018 1825 15 October 2018
Summer 201818277 December 2018

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.