The census date is the date at which your enrolment is considered final. The date is set to comply with legislation and is published on the academic calendar.
Any withdrawal made after the study period census date may incur:
- An academic penalty (for example, a fail grade)
- A financial penalty (for example, no refund of your student contribution or tuition fees).
Commonwealth supported places
Students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place must submit an electronic Commonwealth assistance form (eCAF) for HECS-HELP via OASIS before the census date and you must include your tax file number or Certificate of Application for a tax file number if you wish to defer your tuition fees.
If you do not make full payment and do not submit a valid eCAF with your tax file number or Certificate of Application for a tax file number by the census date, the University is obliged to cancel your enrolment in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).
If you’re in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or you’re using HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, and you started a new course after 1 January 2022, you must pass at least 50% of your units to continue in a CSP and/or receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP. Learn more.
Census dates for research students
If you are undertaking a Masters or Doctoral thesis, the census dates are set by specific rules.
- For students who enrol before the commencement of the research term, the census date is 21 days after the research term payment due date which is specified on your eInvoice.
- For students who enrol after the commencement of the research term, the census date is 21 days after the date of enrolment.
Research terms are defined as:
- Research term 1 – 1 January to 30 June
- Research term 2 – 1 July to 31 December