Key dates

It’s important to be aware of key dates that relate to your enrolment at Deakin.

Key dates at Deakin include census dates, teaching periods, holidays, withdrawal dates, scholarship dates and exams and graduation application deadlines. Dates are listed by trimester (and semester or quarter where applicable) and are subject to change so please check back regularly.

Application open dates

We have a number of different study periods. Most courses are offered through our Trimester study system. With three trimesters, the next intake is never far away.

Not all courses are open at each application intake, but generally applications are open during these periods.

Trimester Applications open Applications close
Trimester 3, 2016 Applications now open 30 October
Trimester 1, 2017 Applications now open 27 February
Trimester 2, 2017 Applications open April 2017 TBC

There are some courses that have a different application periods and closing dates.

Browse available courses and closing dates for Trimester 3 2016

Browse available courses and closing dates for Trimester 1 2017

Browse all courses and closing dates through our course finder

Census dates explained

The census date is significant. It's the last day to finalise aspects of your enrolment and fee obligations. It’s also the last day to withdraw from units during a current study period without reference on academic record. 

  • Most students at Deakin are enrolled on a trimester basis, so the T1, T2 and T3 census dates will be applicable. 
  • Medicine/surgery and medical imaging students study by semester, so S1 and S2 census dates are relevant. 
  • International research students need to be aware of the quarterly Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4 census dates. 
  • Graduate School of Business students have residential units 1, or 3 census dates.

Census dates for domestic students

Census date is the last day: 

  • for domestic students to withdraw from units, intermit from current trimester or discontinue course without HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP liability 
  • for Commonwealth supported, HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or SA-HELP students to make full or partial upfront payments for current trimester 
  • for Commonwealth supported students to submit online Commonwealth Assistance Form and/or provide their tax file number 
  • for domestic fee-paying students to apply for FEE-HELP or pay fees upfront for the trimester 
  • to withdraw from the current trimester without incurring the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Census dates for international fee-paying students

Census date is the last day for international fee-paying students to withdraw from current trimester and receive a 50% refund.

2016/17 Census dates

Census Date
Trimester 1 census Thursday 31 March 2016
Semester 1 census Thursday 31 March 2016
Quarter 1 census Thursday 31 March 2016
Residential Unit 1 census Wednesday 18 May 2016
Quarter 2 census Thursday 30 June 2016
Trimester 2 census Monday 15 August 2016
Semester 2 Census Wednesday 31 August
Residential Unit 2 census Sunday 28 August 2016
Quarter 3 census Friday 30 September 2016
Trimester 3 census Thursday 15 December 2016
Residential Unit 3 census Thursday 15 December 2016
Quarter 4 census Saturday 31 December 2016
Trimester 1 census Friday 31 March 2017
Residential Unit 1 census Thursday 18 May 2017
Trimester 2 census Tuesday 15 August 2017
Residential Unit 2 census Thursday 31 August 2017
Trimester 3 census Friday 15 December 2017
Residential Unit 3 census Friday 15 December 2017

Public holidays at Deakin

Deakin remains open as usual on the following public holidays: 

  • Labour Day
  • Queen's Birthday
  • Melbourne Cup.

 Deakin will be closed on all other public holidays.

2016 public holidays and shut-down dates

Holiday Date Deakin
New Year's Day Friday 1 January 2016 Closed
Australia Day Tuesday 26 January 2016 Closed
Labour Day Monday 14 March 2016 Open
Good Friday Friday 25 March 2016 Closed
Easter Sunday Sunday 27 March 2016 Closed
Easter Monday Monday 28 March 2016 Closed
Easter TuesdayTuesday 29 March 2016Closed
ANZAC Day Monday 25 April 2016 Closed
Queen's Birthday Monday 13 June 2016 Open
AFL Grand Final EveFriday 30 September 2016Closed
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 1 November 2016 Open
N/AFriday 23 December 2016Closed
N/ASaturday 24 December 2016Closed 
Christmas Day Sunday 25 December 2016 Closed
Boxing Day Monday 26 December 2016 Closed
Christmas Day additional holiday Tuesday 27 December 2016 Closed
N/AWednesday 28 December 2016Closed
N/AThursday 29 December 2016Closed
N/AFriday 30 December 2016Closed
N/ASaturday 31 December 2016Closed

2017 public holidays and shut-down dates

Holiday Date Deakin
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January 2017 Closed
New Year's Day additional holidayMonday 2 January 2017Closed 
N/ATuesday 3 January 2017Closed 
Australia Day Thursday 26 January 2017 Closed
Labour Day Monday 13 March 2017 Open
Good Friday Friday 14 April 2017 Closed
Easter Sunday Sunday 16 April 2017 Closed
Easter Monday Monday 17 April 2017 Closed
Easter Tuesday Tuesday 18 April 2017 Closed
ANZAC Day Tuesday 25 April 2017 Closed
Queen's Birthday Monday 12 June 2017 Open
AFL Grand Final Eve TBC Closed
Melbourne Cup TBCOpen
Christmas Day Monday 25 December 2017 Closed
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December 2017 Closed

Start Anytime dates

Start Anytime offers you the ability to complete certain eligible units online at your own pace.

While you can enrol in these units at any time, there are some dates relevant to paying fees or incurring FEE-HELP.

Paying fees

When you enrol, you'll receive an email to generate an invoice through StudentConnect. Remember that your fees for Start Anytime may not be due at the same time as fees for any other units you are studying.

If you are eligible and have already completed a FEE-HELP form (for the course you are completing these units within), your fees for the Start Anytime unit will defer to FEE-HELP at the census date.

If you elect to pay your fees up-front, you will need pay your fees by the date shown on your invoice.

Census dates 2016

Study Period Census date
1 31 January 2016
2 28 February 2016
3 27 March 2016
4 24 April 2016
5 22 May 2016
6 19 June 2016
7 17 July 2016
8 14 August 2016
9 11 September 2016
10 9 October 2016
11 6 November 2016
12 4 December 2016

Census dates 2017

Study Period Census date
1 12 Fenruary 2017
2 12 March 2017
3 9 April 2017
4 7 May 2017
5 4 June 2017
6 2 July 2017
7 30 July 2017
8 27 August 2017
9 24 September 2017
10 22 October 2017
11 19 November 2017
12 17 December 2017

Winter dates

Winter is a specific teaching period for students studying in E556.

Winter 2016 Dates

  • 16 June 2016 – teaching begins
  • 26 June 2016 – census date
  • 4 August 2016 – teaching ends

Winter 2017 Dates

  • 15 June 2017 – teaching begins
  • 25 June 2017 – census date
  • 3 August 2017 – teaching ends

Please be aware that these dates are subject to change, so check this page regularly.