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.
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 2022||2202||20 January 2022|
|Semester 1, 2022||2205||31 March 2022|
|Trimester 1 / PP Semester 1, 2022||2207||15 April 2022|
|Winter 2022||2215||15 July 2022|
|Trimester 2 / PP Semester 2, 2022||2217||12 August 2022|
|Semester 2, 2022||2220||31 August 2022|
|Spring 2022||2225||15 October 2022|
|Trimester 3 / Summer 2022||2227||9 December 2022|
Important information for CSP and HECS-HELP recipients
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.
- last day you can withdraw without the course contributing to your completion rate and Student Learning Entitlement.
- late day you can complete your eCAF and apply for HECS-HELP
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.