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Intermit or discontinue

If you need a break from your studies, you can intermit for a period and keep your place in your course.

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.

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.

Need help?

Our student advisers are here to help you with course advice, enrolment and general enquiries.