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 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.

2019 Census Date Summary (Higher education students)
Summer 20181827 7 December 2018
Late Summer 2019190220 January 2019
Semester 1, 2019190531 March 2019
PP Semester 1, 2019190712 April 2019
Winter 20191915 15 July 2019
PP Semester 2, 201919179 August 2019
Semester 2, 2019192031 August 2019
Spring 20191925 15 October 2019
Summer 201919276 December 2019

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.