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, or impacts on your CSP/HELP eligibility.

How census date impacts your academic and financial liability

If you drop a course from your enrolment on or before the 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 from your enrolment after the census date the course will remain on your record with a 'withdraw' grade and student contribution/tuition fees will be charged. If you are a CSP/HELP loan recipient it will also count as Attempted and Incomplete when calculating your completion rate.

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

Key dates

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

2022 Census date summary (Higher education students)
Late Summer 2022220220 January 2022
Semester 1, 2022220531 March 2022
Trimester 1 / PP Semester 1, 2022220715 April 2022
Winter 2022221515 July 2022
Trimester 2 / PP Semester 2, 2022221712 August 2022
Semester 2, 2022222031 August 2022
Spring 20222225 15 October 2022
Trimester 3 / Summer 202222279 December 2022

Important information for CSP and HECS-HELP recipients

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

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.