Intermit or discontinue
It’s understandable that life sometimes gets in the way of study, and you need to take a break. And we support you to take time when you need it so that you can return to your study when you’re ready.
Before you apply to intermit
You are allowed three active trimesters or two active semesters of intermission during your studies. By ‘active’ we mean a study period in which you are required to be enrolled as part of your course plan. A student adviser can help you understand the rules and advise the best path for you.
Should you need to intermit for a longer period, you will need to apply for an extended intermission.
Take advantage of our free support services
We offer a range of free services to support your wellbeing, and your study.
- For a personal or health issue, make an appointment with our counselling or medical services team.
- If you’re having financial difficulties, we can help. View the options available to you.
- If time is the issue, you could consider reducing your study load.
- And if you’re struggling academically, we have a range of free study support services that you can access.
- Not enjoying your course? Chat with a careers coach about your career options, which may lead to you changing courses.
Before you make any decisions, we encourage you to talk it over with your family or friends and always speak with a student adviser.
How to intermit or discontinue
If you’ve decided to intermit or even discontinue (withdraw from your course) you apply in StudentConnect. You’ll be notified of the outcome by email, but please allow up to ten days for your application to be processed.
Before you apply to intermit or discontinue your course, it’s important you are aware of withdrawal dates, fees and penalties.
Check withdrawal dates, fees and penalties
Intermitting your course means you are withdrawing from each unit you are enrolled in. To avoid paying any unwanted fees, make sure you withdraw before census date.
View domestic student withdrawal dates
View international student withdrawal dates
View first year international student withdrawal dates
If you commenced study after 1 January 2022, withdrawing after census date may also impact your Government assistance.
Are you an international student studying in Australia?
As your visa requires you to be studying while in Australia, International student intermission will only be granted on compelling or compassionate grounds.